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    What would you charge??

    I was asked to plane to thickness, straight cut and joint about 20-30 bf of oak. Possibly cut all his pieces to size as well. A fellow I met at work wants to make a bathroom vanity but doesn't have a jointer, planer or ts.

    Thinking about charging him per foot Not sure on the thickness or width of his boards.
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    I charge $60 per hour, mainly to keep freeloaders away. If the party doesn't complain about the price and is willing to pay they usually get it for free.

    So far it has worked.

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    Most lumber places will joint one edge and plane the wood for something like 25-40 cents a side.(per bf)
    thats a small amount of lumber.
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    A local with a jointer and planer charges $0.35 a linear foot. Seems fair.
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    If it's rough cut, there could be a lot of labor involved in straightening an edge, flattening a face, and planing to thickness. 40 cents a foot may not come close to paying for your time. Hourly rate seems sensible to me. Cheap bathroom cabinets may cost less than paying you a reasonable rate. Guess it comes down to how friendly and generous you are feeling.
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    Another vote for setting an hourly shop rate (wages+overhead). It keeps it simple for you as it takes care of charging for variables such as "Possibly cut all his pieces to size as well.".

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    Whatever you charge, I would add the price of a new set of planer blades. Not your lumber, you never know what is in his stuff. I promised to do some planing for a friend before I learned the wood has been stored outside for several years. Bound to be loaded with dirt and grit. Good friend, so I'm not going to tell him no now but I'm sure it will cost me a set of blades.
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    Good point Frank I've messed up planer blades while doing my own wood. I have some Tamarack going unused that I bought a few years ago. It sat in a barn for 20 plus years and is filthy. Made the mistake of trying to plane some up without really paying attention to how I cleaned it.

    Sounds like an hourly rate would be best for me. It would cover all bases.

    It's not the most fun part of wood working but I don't mind it. Planing raises heck with my back. Maybe I'll quote $40.00 or $50.00 per hour. Not sure.
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    another vote for hour rate plus blades.
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    I did say per side. that means if you are face jointing and edge jointing, then planing and cutting on ts to get 2 straight edges, thats 4 sides. So now you are looking at 1.40 to 2.00 a bf.
    25 bf shouldnt take you much more than an hour.
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