|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 10-03-2014 07:00 PM||1653 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
10-03-2014 07:00 PM
I have a big stock of newly-acquired live-edge slabs that I’m selling in the Twin Cities (you may have seen my other posts regarding this score). The slabs are fantastic, but most of them haven’t been skip planed yet and so I’ve been sanding small areas to show the underlying grain. I’ll probably have my 25” Woodmaster planer up and running by next Tuesday, so now I have the option of skip planning them myself or doing even more if a buyer requests. My question is, whether (and if so, how much) to charge for planing services?
I was thinking of skip planning all of the slabs on one side in a single go, to reveal the slab grain and give me better pictures to put up on Craigslist. Beyond that, I was wondering whether/what I should charge buyers for planing services. I think the metrics are:
(1) Per-pass fee at a flat rate.
My thought was that I’m perfectly happy to skip plane one side as a courtesy (and to help move the slabs), but beyond that I probably need to charge because right now I don’t have spare cash to replace the blades (I’m bartering lumber just to get the electrical work done so I can run the planer). I know most milling services tend to charge an hourly rate with a minimum fee, but I’m basically just selling slabs individually and offering the planing services if the buyer is interested in them.
What do you think would be reasonable to charge for use of a large planer? Thanks!
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.