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11-03-2010 12:26 AM

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I am trying my hand at making some projects to sell, I am making a bread box, cutting board, and a repice box. I have a few people inserted in these. I am just trying to firgued out how much to charge, I dont wont to give them away but I wont to make a profit also. note these projects are not finish yet.

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 02:01 AM


Recently I sold a couple of rolling pins. Like you, I really had no idea what they were worth. I told the person- “Give me what you think they are worth to you”. Well, they gave me $30 each. Not bad considering there is probably less than $3 in materials and about 1 hour total hands on time. Now, at least, I have an idea.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 02:46 AM

For small pieces, you have to go look at what they pay at Walmart etc. and be higher but not lots unless it’s something special. For large pieces that you are set up to do easily, I used to use 3 times the cost of ALL materials no matter how small (paper towels, nails, glue…) but I don’t think that always works especially if you have really intricate joints and finishes. Anyway, it’s a good place to start… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 03:39 AM

i been building cabinets for a living for three years now and yet to find a way to price small jobs consistenlty i normaly take how many hours it takes to build it times my hourly rate ( thats really depends on my mood lol) plus the cost of materials it takes to build two of them

-- As Best I Can

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 05:34 AM

I wish I had the answer. The best I can offer is how I do it. I total my material cost and then the labor hours times the hourly rate I have set for myself. Then I ask myself if I would pay that price. Often I have to adjust the final price downward. It is important to remember that your materials and finish are likely much better than what is commercially available.

I think that the larger box would sell well in the range of 30.00 to 50.00 dollars and the smaller one 20.00 to 40.00 dollars. The strip cutting boards I have made have sold for between 5.00 and 15.00 dollars depending on size. This was fine considering I used scrap pieces to make them.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 07:33 AM

With projects like that I make 10 or 15 at a time, my charge is 40 dollars per hour + materials + tooling
(by tooling I will assign a cost of ware and tear on blades, cost of sand paper, screws ect). Many times
I will only make 15 or 20 dollars an hour, but at least I always make money.

Making one at a time you spend to much time setting up and tearing down your tools. In pricing, remember
you are making one of a kind (even 10 at a clip), this is custom work, if they say they can go to k-mart and
get n exact item for 40 dollars less, let them. It isn’t worth your time to begin with if you only make 5 dollars
an hour.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 01:39 AM

I agree with Bob.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 02:24 AM

Thanks for the advice guys, I wonted to try this since, I dont have any income coming in since I am unempoly. I hope I make something.

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