|Forum topic by Nicholas Hall||posted 01-07-2014 03:12 AM||2185 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
01-07-2014 03:12 AM
I haven’t asked a dumb question in hours,so I guess I’m due :)
I’m building a Roubo workbench out of solid ash. I’m building it from ash, because I have several thousand bdft kiln dried hardwood lumber I need to do something with. Building a Roubo seemed like a good way to use up some of the lower grade wood. Even the worst of it is 10” wide, 8/4 10-11 ft long. My dad and I milled the lumber on his land in Maine and had it kiln dried locally so it the cost to me for lumber was much less than even the cheapest dimensional pine lumber.
What I’ve learned so far is that building benches is enormous fun. Since I have an essentially bottomless supply of hard maple, ash, and birch, I’d like to build another one when I’m done. It seems like a good way to use up a lot of lumber. I don’t need two benches though, so it seems like it would make sense to sell the first one before I start another one.
The Roubo is just plain vanilla, with a 3.5” thick top that is 24” x 8’ long. I wont include hardware if i sell it of course. It will basically be a blank canvas. It takes about 30-40hrs to build one so it seems silly just to give it away. I imagine that just the wood alone has some value. What do you suppose is a reasonable asking price for such a thing? Obviously, it would only be worth what someone will pay for it, and it’s sheer size and weight limit the geography of potential buyers, but just the same, I’d like to have a sense of what a reasonable asking price would befor a plain vanilla Roubo.
Like I said, it’s a bit of a dumb question because there are so many variables that influence price. Just the same, what do you suppose a fair asking price is?
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