This is the fifth in a series of posts related to the tales in Making Things Work. These posts are not excerpts from the book. This one relates most closely to the tale entitled “No.” Due to operator error, the previous post in this series, “Beggars Can Be Choosers,” did not appear on the Lost Art Press site. You can find it here.
On 06/07/2018 12:23 AM, Mr. X wrote:
A few years ago I was looking for an Arts & Crafts bookcase to build for my den. I am a retired draftsman, so I was able to pick and choose components from different designs and combine them into one. But even after looking at so many different designs I still couldn’t find one that really made me happy. And I looked at a lot. Then one day I received my copy of Popular Woodworking and there on the cover of that issue was the very one I wanted. It was perfect. So with my drafting background I began to draw a bookcase a little taller, a bit wider and a little bit deeper, all the while keeping your basic design. It came out beautifully, which leads me to my question. I’ve recently been asked to put a price tag on it for a possible commission. But I’m not sure what to say. Can you help?
I’m glad you found my design to your liking.
I don’t suggest prices to other woodworkers. I think I recall seeing a post by Chris Schwarz recently that was perfectly in sync with my own longstanding reasons for this policy. I’m a professional designer and furniture maker. My livelihood depends on this work. Those who are retired or have alternative sources of support may price their work quite differently from how I do. How you price your work is your business.
With best wishes,