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#5930024 - 06/17/17 09:44 AM How do you price something like this ?
Canvasback2 Offline
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Registered: 07/15/16
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Loc: NY


Cherry Lowboy. All solid Cherry, NO Plywood or Veneer. Made one over 20 years ago for Family. As I was putting the Lawn tractor in the shed last night , I noticed the pre cut pieces for a 2nd Cherry Lowboy , that me and my Father had made at the same time back then. Never did put it together or finish cutting all the stock for the 2nd Lowboy.

So, my question is this : If I finish it, and I really feel like doing it, what should be a reasonable starting point to price it at ? Is there even a market for this old period style furniture ? I like it , but maybe that is just me .


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#5930029 - 06/17/17 09:50 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
The Beav Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 10365
Loc: Wisconsin
You made that? If so beautiful work.

Start high Like $500.00 you can always come down.
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#5930039 - 06/17/17 10:01 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
Canvasback2 Offline
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Registered: 07/15/16
Posts: 310
Loc: NY
No. The one I made is in the Living Room . I will post a pic of it .. Basically the same thing. But I did not do any hand carving on the Cabriole legs. 8 coats of Tung Oil and 5 Coats of high Gloss Ploy for the finish is what I used

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#5930075 - 06/17/17 11:10 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
the Blak Spot Offline
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Registered: 12/23/10
Posts: 1000
Loc: central arkansas
Price of material x3 ?
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#5930081 - 06/17/17 11:18 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
gryhkl Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 2849
Loc: PA
Did you and your father make and do the carving on the legs? Very impressive if you did-not that the rest of the piece is not beautiful too.

It's very hard to price hand work like that. I have had a couple people ask me to build pieces with price being of no concern to them. Other folks would rather have you take shortcuts and use cheaper materials anywhere the difference will not show. It takes a customer that appreciates quality work to make a profit possible.

I think that the large hardware takes a little away from the beauty of the wood and your craftsmanship in the piece shown in your photo. It looks like very nice work, I'd finish the other one whether you have a buyer or not. Sometimes I like something I've made so much that I could never sell it-I might give it away to someone dear to me, but could never sell it.

Post a pic of the other when you finish it.

I couldn't make a piece like that for any less than 500 dollars, esp if you carve the legs-carving one thing is bad enough, making matching carvings is rough.



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#5930082 - 06/17/17 11:18 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
cmcf Offline
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Registered: 10/25/15
Posts: 1031
Loc: Wyoming
Guess at a price based on similar pieces then double it.

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#5930085 - 06/17/17 11:25 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
dog Offline
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Registered: 02/21/16
Posts: 138
Loc: snover mi
a lot of pricing depends on your local market and finding the right person.

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#5930168 - 06/17/17 03:06 PM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
BigBob Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: St. Louis Co, Mo
Plenty of snowflakes up your way that would pay a grand for that easy.
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#5930399 - 06/17/17 10:31 PM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
newhouse114 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2698
Loc: S.W.Oregon
You are living in the past Beav! $500 would be way less than I would take for something like that.


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#5930418 - 06/17/17 11:13 PM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
Nelly Offline
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Registered: 04/12/10
Posts: 422
Loc: South Central Wisconsin
If you could put something like that in a consignment auction, I would think that would be the way to go. Set a minimum price and keep it if that price isn't met.
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#5930432 - 06/18/17 12:04 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
don Wolf Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 6914
Loc: evansville Indiana age70
1,000.

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#5930437 - 06/18/17 12:24 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: don Wolf]
Mudslinger39 Offline
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Registered: 03/12/16
Posts: 179
Loc: Las cruces New Mexico
Originally Posted By: don Wolf
1,000.

Agreed

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#5930451 - 06/18/17 01:01 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
don Wolf Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 6914
Loc: evansville Indiana age70
You pay close to that price for printed furniture in my town. Even when you pay extravagant prices in my area, you still can buy junk.

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#5930564 - 06/18/17 09:05 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
Pete in Frbks Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 2653
Loc: Fairbanks, Alaska
Many years ago, when I was drafted into the Army and forced to go make the world safe for democracy, I had some beef cows to be rid of. I asked an 84 year old farmer down the road what he thought they were worth. He told me this:

"Son, only YOU can set a price on those cattle. If someone buys them at that price tomorrow, you will know the price was too low. On the other hand, if they are still in the field a year from now, you can be sure the price was too high."

And that, in a nutshell, is how the Economic Law of Supply and Demand works! As explained succinctly by an 84 year old hillbilly with a only a 3rd grade education.

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#5930589 - 06/18/17 09:57 AM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
bhugo Offline
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Registered: 05/08/07
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Loc: Flint, Michigan
A lot of folks put out big bucks for quality furniture. Just have to find the person who needs it. I would think that you need to research where to advertise it. Not many people have the skill to make that, but if it doesn't match up with their other period furniture in some way they probably won't pay big for it. If you put that on Craigslist, you'll get an ocean of lowball offers.

Beautiful piece! You are a very good woodworker.
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#5930831 - 06/18/17 05:14 PM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
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#5931091 - 06/18/17 11:03 PM Re: How do you price something like this ? [Re: Canvasback2]
Niteblaster Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 386
Loc: NY
Where is the pic of the one you made?

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