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post #41 of 47 Old 02-14-2012, 11:23 PM
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congrats on the first commision! always feels great. make sure you charge enough for your work. that kind of piece you should get a fairly decent amount of money.

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congrats on the first commision! always feels great. make sure you charge enough for your work. that kind of piece you should get a fairly decent amount of money.
This is a guy from my church, so I feel like I'll probably end up doing this mostly for the cost of the wood and then a little. I'm honestly not really concerned with making money on this stuff, it's just something I love to do, so finding someone to buy wood for me makes it perfect!
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don't steal all of the competition! some of these guys try to do this for a living. it's getting harder when folks like you just love doing it as a hobby and just want to cover costs!

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Turned out great! Really like the shape.


Congrats on your first commission. Like others have said be careful of what you charge. It's easy to get burnt out when your doing things just to cover expenses plus a little. You will also find yourself getting real busy. That's when it turns into a very low paying job. Been there with other hobbies.
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Very nice. Also remember, it's easier to drop the price a little than to raise the price a little. Start high and see what the market will demand. You may also want to look into Truncated cones for ring alighment. They work fantastic for aligning one ring to another.
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Very nice. Also remember, it's easier to drop the price a little than to raise the price a little. Start high and see what the market will demand. You may also want to look into Truncated cones for ring alighment. They work fantastic for aligning one ring to another.
hey bill, perhaps you're the one to ask. I've been thinking of a way to make a jig to put on the tailstock that allows me to glue up the rings right on the lathe. The only solution i had was to make a cone with a recess that would fit snugly over the ram. The only downfall i see is the shape of the cone really depends on the size of the piece, ie. a 14 inch platter or a 5 inch vase that's 8 inches tall. what do you think? perhaps i should've started a new thread for this but just thought i'd ask

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The cone method you mentioned is by far the easier way to do this, unfortunately since I am using a school woodshop I don't have the luxury of being able to line up and glue and repeat. They won't allow glueing on their lathes, nor will they let you hold up the lathe for a long time unless it's for finishing.

I have to resort to measuring and making it as class to possible, then gluing. As of so far this method has been accurate to a point as to when I point it on the lathe there is little to no "wobble" from off center rings. But, looking forward to the day I can just glue up on the lathe!
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