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    What to charge for a cutting board

    I've been approached by a coworker about building a cutting board for a birthday present. It would be around 15 x 10 or so. What would be a fair price? I will be using scrap maple, cherry, purple heart, jatoba or some combination. The board would be flat grained not end grained.

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    John,
    That's a tough one, but as a comissioned piece, I'd say $40-$50 ought to be a ballpark figure. 'Custom made, exotic woods, etc...'


    just threw down a quick google, first site charges $139 for a 9x12 end grain board from domestic hardwoods... 1 7/8 thick.

    http://store.ozarkwest.com/cuboseonfone.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Daugherty View Post
    I've been approached by a coworker about building a cutting board for a birthday present. It would be around 15 x 10 or so. What would be a fair price? I will be using scrap maple, cherry, purple heart, jatoba or some combination. The board would be flat grained not end grained.

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    My rule of splintered thumb is to charge what you would pay for it. You can consider the fact that the wood is "scrap" but also consider that you bought the wood originally. As for me. if somebody I know well wants a cutting board, then I will make one for him or say come on over and I will help you make one.

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    Tough question, John. I have seen them priced from $5.00 to hundreds.
    Do not consider the wood "scrap". It is left over inventory that you wisely kept on hand. It has value. Making sales after you have recouped costs is the way profit is made.
    I would say, just go with your gut but don't sell to cheaply.

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    sorry didn't see that yours would be flat grain. At that point, still 40-50, same reasons. Wood costs money, even if it is 'left over' from another project, as Frank points out, you bought it, and while it does grow on trees, it still costs to get it to the consumer. Not to mention wear and tear on your machinery etc...
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    Besides to what has been said, bear in mind that it will be a unique piece, not one of a thousand machine made. If you want to charge more, personalize it inlaying it with the initials of the buyer or the person that is going to get it as a present. Be original, who says that a cutting board has to be rectangular, or round? there are infinite shapes could take...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Simpson View Post
    My rule of splintered thumb is to charge what you would pay for it.
    Bill, I've seen you say this before, but this just doesn't make any sense to me. This wouldn't help me set a price at all.

    After all, **I** wouldn't pay anything for a cutting board. I'd make it myself. That's why I'm a woodworker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    After all, **I** wouldn't pay anything for a cutting board. I'd make it myself. That's why I'm a woodworker.
    Well John here's the answer... tell that guy you'll do it for free or even better tell him to do it himself!!!!....
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    John, when I was making and selling cutting boards, I was getting from about $35 to $100 each, depending on how figured the wood was. For something in the 10 x 15 inch range made of fairly plain hardwoods, I'd probably be charging in the $40 to $50 range, as Ned suggested.

    I stopped making cutting boards for sale because I wasn't finding a lot of people who wanted to spend $35 to $100 dollars for a board. Since I was buying my materials at high (Rockler) retail prices, I was selling them for just a little over the cost of the materials. Didn't take me too long to see there was no real profit to be made with that business model.
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    Thanks guys for all the suggestions. I do realize that the "scrap" really isn't free, I did after all pay for it. I kept it with intentions of making cutting boards or small boxes or something from it.

    I teach school, eighth grade to be exact. The lady that asked me to price her a board works at another school in the system. Her daughter teaches across the hall from me. If that makes sense. The board is for her daughter as a birthday present. I have made a couple of boards as Christmas gifts for a few of the people at school over the past couple of years. I guess her mother found out that I made them by word of mouth.

    I was thinking of asking in the 35 to 40 dollar range.

    Ned, if I could get that price for boards I'd go in the board business! Holy cow!

    Vaughn, I've looked at your sight several times. Man, your boards are really beautiful. I really like the one that looks like a quilt square. I've been trying to get enough gumption to try one. I did make one of your 3-d boards, the tutorial was very well done. Thanks for putting it up.
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