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#1 posted 09-29-2020 12:47 PM

Start with getting your neighbor to tell you what he thinks he’s going to pay for the boxes.

ALL TOO Often people think that they know a wood worker and that we have some sort of magic tree full of elves where wooden products just fall from the branches. The average consumer has no idea what the cost of wood is or the cost of labor to produce the products.

Keep in mind that if you buy wood at $2 a bf by the time you have processed, trimmed, shaped, and finished final fabrication the cost of the wood left in the product is often twice what you paid for it before you have even examined labor costs, (it’s the same thing when butchering meats).

I do production for an artisan that needs “blank canvas” products for laser engraving and final artwork. For the cost of the products to make sense for the both of us, I sell him prepared unfinished “kits” sanded to 120 which he assembles and puts a finish on, and we both make a little on each item.

Once you know what your neighbor has in mind to pay you can see what makes sense, I’ve seen some very nice boxes for premium food items that are produced from 4mm Baltic birch which if you work a smart cut-list would minimize waste and cut the expenses of milling solid wood and you would be going from sheet stock straight to cutting and building the boxes.

Good luck always good to have the side hustle working for new tools!

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