You would never find anyone selling a tying station with walnut or any quality hardwood for $50-$75.... that wouldn't even cover a 1/2 of the material cost. This is the reason I would never put these up for sale, people don't understand the material cost or the labor hours to build one, not to mention all the tools needed to make it a quality piece. It's a good thing this is my hobby lol
Never said you would. I said one would have to come in much cheaper to sell to fly shops, or, saying it another way, use cheaper material. i know walnut to be between 7 and 8 bucks a bf, cherry is around 6, maple around 4 or 5 and hickory, cedar, poplar between. 2 and 4. There's also furniture grade hardwood plywood that could be used on the deck to really cut building costs. A nice piece of void free 7 ply hardwood plywood (150 to 200 per sheet) with hardwood walnut tops could absolutely be made for right around 50 bucks and half that for cheaper woods and cheaper plywood. Not saying yours could be made for that but, a quality piece could still be made for less cost that will appeal to many more buyers. I've been an amateur hobbyist woodworker for many decades. I know full well the cost of wood and the time involved. I also know it's very very difficult to make money off of woodworking projects because your limited to what the majority of people would realistically pay for a tying desk. This is why I'm only an amateur hobbyist woodworker as well. I am a little envious that you have a CNC machine in your shop.
You built a beautiful desk and it's worth every bit of 300 bucks and there are those few who would not bat an eye at that price. My response was more to jcb68's inquiry into the possibility of making them to sell at wholesale prices to fly shops who would have to sell at an attractive retail price with the goal of making a profit. in which case they would have to be quality made at a much cheaper build cost.
Absolutely, it would be a tough gig trying to make a full time living off woodworking. I mean come on you can get everything you need at IKEA! jcb68 Just make a couple for your local fly shops and see how it works out. Let me know what you find out.
I will do that thanks for all your input. have a Happy Thanksgiving to all