A guy at work has offered me $2,000 to build him a custom pool table (ala
Brunswick) I agreed, except that he is on his own for the slate top and
Did I do a bad thing? (no signatures on anything yet, no dead Presidents
have changed hands ... not so much as a hand clasp to signify a contract)
$2k is cheap for a custom kitchen table, let alone a pool table.
How well do you know this fellow? And how well do you like your current
place and mode of employment? There are risks here unrelated to the
technical challenge or the price.
On Wed, 07 Sep 2005 23:07:54 -0500, Patriarch wrote:
I'm going to let him know you said this. ;-)
I think, now that I've had a chance to review the comments I've gotten
(thanks ALL!), that the conversation should start around $6,000 and move
up, rapidly, for any special features (such as carving, inlay, gikding,
and so on) that he might have in mind.
As for our relationship? If he dies tonight I'll kip in a few bucks toward
flowers .... but I'm not likely to bother getting my suit cleaned for the
funeral. I'm sure he'd do nearly as much for me (minus the money for the
How much experience do you have with custom work? Any custom pool table that
I've ever seen has a great deal of ornate carving on it. As well, what you
consider to be custom and what he considers to be custom could vary greatly.
I'm guessing that a suitably large amount of wood would be required as well
as knowledge of pool table support structures. The material for building the
base alone could easily cost you $2000 and then there's your labour on top
of that. Go do some Norm measurements on a quality pool table and then come
back and tell us what the answer is to your own question.
After doing a proper drawing and a bunch of phone-calls to price the
materials, delivery, etc,, there's about 300 left to buy the
IOW.... try 5-6 kilo-bucks for a break-even point.
A better way to do this is to charge labor + materials. Give them a good
estimate for materials with a +/- 20% along with your price for labor. Been
doing that for some years and have had no problems. More importantly, its
critical to agree up front on what the piece will look like before you comit
to anything. Your idea of a pool table and a customer's idea may be very
different. Hope that helps.
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