Cutting Board pricing help.

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Blog entry by amagineer posted 10-03-2012 03:28 PM 9181 reads 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After two more surgeries and almost a year, I am getting back to the shop to start woodworking again. Last year I made a “quilted cutting board” and have a few people offer to buy it, but I have no idea what to charge someone for this type of CB. If anybody that sells CB’s could help me I would appreciate it. It is 12×18 x 1-3/8 thk and made from Black Walnut;Sugar Maple;Shedua;Yellowheart;Goncalo Alves;Santos Mahogany;Paduck. It took me two weeks to finish.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#1 posted 10-03-2012 03:54 PM

Time, material, and overhead equals price.
Maybe search Etsy(spelling) and get comparable prices.
Unique projects command a higher price as there’s only
one of, evidenced by people wanting to purchase your fine CB.
$200.00 would be a fair price, +/- 10%, somewhere around
I’m glad you’re back from surgeries and looking forward to your
fine projects.

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 04:08 PM

man that is one good looking board, waho6o9 is right that board is worth every bit of $200.00. hope your feeling better.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 05:42 PM

I was at a fair this past weekend and saw boards that were alot “planer” (simpler in design) selling for $50 to $250. There was nothing there with the ornate pattern like yours. I was amased that they were selling as rapidly as they were.
Do not undersell yourself, ask what you want and let the buyer negotiate.
Welocme back and I hope that your health remains good.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 10-03-2012 06:44 PM

Glad to see you up and woodworking again. Sadly I’m not a pricing expert.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 10-03-2012 07:03 PM

Thanks all for the advice. It seems $200 is about where I should start.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 10-03-2012 07:43 PM

I know that for a basic design…which this is not…. commercial cutting boards… custom made… not chinese etc.,....are charged out at around US135.00 per square foot…so $200.00 is not unreasonable for such a beauty…
Hope this helps…
One other thing…. it depends where you are selling… different demographics demand different pricing

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#7 posted 10-03-2012 07:49 PM

Yep, that’s certainly a VERY nice one. You did not mention and I cannot quite tell, is it an end grain board?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 10-03-2012 07:59 PM

Rance; Yes it is an end grain CB. Also, I just sold it for $200 to someone in NYC for a Christmas present.

Thanks Again for the help

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 10-05-2012 05:34 PM

As a rough rule of thumb, cutting boards would go for about $50 a board foot for simple ones, $75 a bf for moderately complex ones, $100 per bf for really complex, and $125 per bf for over the top stuff like this. 12×18 x 1 3/8 is just a tad over two board feet, so about $250 would be about right, and $200 would be very fair.

Slightly larger boards are good gift items for chefs. Try talking with the chefs at some of the better eating spots in your area to get an idea of what they would like in the way of dimensions. Chefs will differ in the size they prefer depending on what the specialize in so take that into account. Ask them what they would use a board for so you get a fell for this part of the market. Chefs make good money and aren’t afraid of spending it on their tools of the trade. A good chef’s knife will run $150 or more and he’ll have a set of them. My own set ran me close to a thousand dollars and I’m just an amateur. Inquire if there is a chef’s association in your area and if there is, approach them with the idea of giving chef’s one of your boards as an award. You could even give the association a discount to get them as a client if they announce who made the board at the presentation so the other chefs know who made this beautiful item. Have a card holder with your business cards in it by the board where it is displayed before the awarding so people can take one. Talk with hotel and restaurant managers about using your boards as retirement gifts for chefs and even as gifts to celebrate a young chef finishing their apprenticeship. If memory serves me right, there was a famous TV chef who was presented with a handmade ornate end-grain board not too long ago that was about 24 inches by 36 inches and about 2 inches thick. That’s 12 board feet! Even a simple design would sell for $600 by the formula above, and as much as $1,500 if it was an over the top design!

Here is a MUST for you: take really good photos of EVERY board you make and print out a set and keep them in sheet protectors in a binder or as files in a laptop or notebook computer. This will be your “catalog”.

Cutting boards are catching on as gifts to home cooks, especially the guys who wear those “kiss the cook” aprons when barbecuing on the weekend.

Good luck, and keep us in the loop as to how things are going. Us LJs like to stick together and we care about each other and are always willing to offer a bit of advice, sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but always honestly given from the heart.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#10 posted 10-05-2012 05:42 PM

Paul; thanks for all the god advice. i have done most of it, but I will definitely look into the chef idea.

Thanks again -don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#11 posted 10-08-2012 07:29 PM

Hi again Don.

Happy to be of service. I’ve learned so much here that if I can pay back some small bit of it, it’s only fair to do so.

Have a great today and a better tomorrow.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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