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"I have set the wage for the service to be $150-250."

How can you set the wage for someone else? Isn't that like going to the grocery store and tell the butcher how much you'll pay for a pound of bugger?

If someone came to my shop and said I'll give x about of dollars to build me a table I'd be a little annoyed. I would politely tell them that I have cost to cover and a wage I'm willing to work for. Give me the the specs. on the table and I'll work you up a price.
 

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I did say "price is negotiable", and that I m very "flexible" on it. But I m guessing what you re getting at is the language I m using.

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I read your post again, I can't find "price is negotiable", and that I m very "flexible". I must be missing something.
 

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Your profile doesn't say where you live, but is there a tech school near you? How 'bout a high school? If either of them have wood shop classes, ask the instructor for some referrals.
If not, check the Internet and see if there is a local wood turning club within driving distance of you.
 

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Thanks for all your replies. I dwell in the southern California region of LA and Orange County. And, my profile's been updated to include that.

REO, the exotic lumber I'll be providing is Bloodwood and Grade-B Gaboon Ebony. Right now, this is the only set that is being worked on. The other projects for commission are on freeze.

JoeinGa, you mentioned searching for a woodshop club/class in high-school. Since I'm not in high-school myself, nor is it an academic-related subject matter, how can I approach the woodshop instructor there?

Thanks again, all!
 

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Just walk into the office, introduce yourself to the principle and ask if you can speak to the shop teacher. You might be able to do it over the phone, but either way you may have to wait till the teacher is on his (or her) "off hour"
 

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If that ocwoodworkers link proves nonproductive, I could turn your pieces. I am in Simi Valley, CA. Is the knight a body of revolution (if not, it would have to be carved, which would be relatively expensive, no estimate for that until I have a 3D model), and is the king's crown round? Hard to tell from the pictures. Before it even goes that far, you do know that bloodwood eventually grays out, right? I'd really not like to make something and have the color turn due to a customer's lack of knowledge. Also, the rook appears to be square in cross-section. If so, no lathe machining is required, not that that makes it any cheaper. I'd estimate one set at $400 for labor. The difference between me and the other guy is that I will not charge until the pieces are finished. If you prefer, I can turn them in increments, and you pay for those increments. The cost of the wood is almost inconsequential to the project. The cost of gasoline would be a factor in any incremental arrangement (driving back and forth), unless you use the US Mail, or something.
 

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Thanks for your offer, DarkLightning. I was going to PM you, but I don't know if the img formatting will work in PM, so I decided to reply in the thread, instead.

Since I live around the upper Orange County area (and commute to city of Orange), the 1 hour difference in our location might pose a moderate issue. Of course, maybe all that's required is 1 meet: to video-document the signing of the contract together in front of a Notary and to hand you the pieces of lumber needed; and, I'll do the driving to Simi. Everything else could be done by USPS and paypal. (PayPal requires a tracking number, as I recently learned, which is what I like about it.)

I'm very much aware that most colored woods do eventually lose its fresh-cut coloration over time and realized the fate of Bloodwood's pretty crimson. That's why, when my cousin receives this set on his birthday (June 28th), I plan on advising him heavily to keep the pieces stored away in the darkness of the chessbox (which will be the next project), if he wants the red to last longer, because it will eventually blacken to a dark mahogany. (When I first brainstormed this project, I was in a quandary as to whether I wanted to use Bloodwood or Orange Sandalwood, since I don't know which one's worst!)

Of course, if my employee knows of a way to keep the color even longer or perhaps permanently (e. g. Using natural red Santalin dye from Red Sandalwood?), the wage might just increase from him/her!

As far as the pieces go -
The knight does have to be carved, but I chose this simpler design in hopes to lower the cost of its production at least somewhat from the original somewhat complex "Man Ray" Knight design.
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The rook is indeed basically a block with sections stripped off its lower side. The width/length of the towerhead is exactly 1.5 inches, which is the same as the (Ebony) lumber. I was actually hoping this would be the cheapest to produce, but I guess you're saying that it's not. Can you explain that a little more?
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The King's head, as with the rest of its body, is quadrilateral, not round like the Queen's. It's shape is supposed to resemble an obelisk figure.
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(The rest of the pieces are also included in the instructions written in the contract; unless you want them now, which I don't mind posting.)

It might work out. Let me know by next weekend or the following whether or not you are official interested in taking on this project, and we can set up an in person or skype interview. Thanks.

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edit - AlaskaGuy, thanks for the website. What I found, unfortunately, is that, due to it being a charity organization, I'm not allowed to commission them for projects, nor am I allowed to request for names to. It was worth the thought, however.

And thanks for your follow-up response, JoeinGA. I might do that for the chessbox project. Unless I rehire DarkLightning for that job; assuming that he might be officially for this one. haha
 

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Just a side-word of note to all who's reading -

I am having thoughts on dropping Ebony, since not only is it extremely dense and abrasive, it's also high-maintenance. I don't think my little 11-year-old cousin will know how to maintain the cracks that develop in Ebony when it isn't in the right condition. (This is, after all, his birthday gift, so I want to be sure to use not only the best wood but the least likely to pose problems as this.)

Having said that, I'm replacing it with the much lighter Holly and making the Bloodwood the black army instead; blood-crimson and pitch white could be a good combination, too.
 
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