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Forum topic by RickA posted 06-13-2007 02:27 AM 1557 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2007 02:27 AM

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The company I work for has a job we are working on and the customer has expressed some need for some Adirondak Chairs. These would be rustic looking custom made chairs that we would do all the machining on and finishing on but we need someone to assemble them for us.
The problem is in order for us to get the price down to a reasonable level we need to find some cheap help LOL
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? My biggest concerns would be added cost of shipping and then the inevitable problem with quality control.
I know my boss is hoping to find some retired guy to do this and actually the money would be real good for a guy but I’m thinking Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, this may not be feasible
Thoughts Please

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#1 posted 06-13-2007 02:59 AM

How many chairs are you talking about? I don’t see the assembly being any different labor wise than the machining or finishing. A local custom shop might be your best bet.

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#2 posted 06-13-2007 03:40 AM

If school was still in… maybe a vocational school that teaches woodworking…maybe they would be interested in helping? What method of assembly are you going to use?

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#3 posted 06-13-2007 04:54 AM

Well you could hire someone to do a quality assembly and raise the price for a professional quality chair.

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#4 posted 06-13-2007 03:53 PM

It sounds like you are making a lot of chairs, looking to ship elsewhere for cheap assembly labor, is that correct? I guess there is a need for this sort of stuff (unfortunately). Everyone is looking for cheap labor. At the same time trying to maximize their own profit. It’s a spiral we are caught in. Pay a decent wage, charge a reasonable price. Be satisfied that your company made a reasonable profit without resorting to “cheap” labor.

I hope you can find someone local ,the retired guy, to do this for you.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 06-13-2007 06:14 PM

I would think the shipping costs would eat up the savings you would get from not having someone local to you. If you hired someone elsewhere to assemble the chairs, you would need to ship the materials to them for assembly. Once completed, they would need to send the chairs back to you, or on to the customer. The extra costs in these shipping could be used to pay for someone local to do the assembly, and then have just the single shipping charge.

I would suggest trying to find someone local, maybe pay them a decent amount, and go that route. It will also help for you QC needs, since you could check on them locally instead of relying on the assembler to make them correctly.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 06-14-2007 10:45 PM

That’s what I like about this site. Here I was thinking that assembling the chairs would be a way to give some students some experience, but I missed the issue. That being cheap labor and the need to pay someone local a decent wage, instead of out sourcing like the tool manufactures. Thanks guys!

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#7 posted 07-12-2007 04:12 PM

I am interested to hear what happened on this. Did you outsource or what?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 07-23-2007 03:05 PM

Do you have a local sheltered work shop? They employ the handicapped who can assemble at a very reasonable price. The supervision is good and quality is as well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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