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#1 posted 02-27-2021 01:45 PM

You don’t need line item the charges for bits or other tools needed. I often have a line item for misc. hardware & materials or just fatten up the labor to cover the cost. A generic “tooling” to cover wear and tear on motors tools and new bits could easily hide the bit cost. You never know, you may break a bit or burnup a router. God forbid find an old nail in the tree. Unless you are upfront that there may be additional charges the customer will not likely accept them. I am not in the woodworking business but in mine I never line item anything in a estimate. If I did they will start shopping prices on the internet to shockingly discover that I mark them up to add profit and overhead. It also opens up your whole pricing structure when they show it to a competitor and say “can you beat this”. I list all I will do & provide, along with what is excluded in a single bottom line number. While at it you may want to specify the difference between flattened and sanded. ” final thickness is governed but how much material needs removal to achieve a flat surface”

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