Pineapples by Mike
Ok everyone here is the low-down on the pineapple job. We'll
start with the picture of 50 of them which ended up being the final quantity.
They have been finished for a while but have been swamped in the shop and unable
to get this to the site. this one set-up worked well for both directions
of milling, left and right hand twist.
Here's the skinny
I charged $50.00 each for these. After keeping track of the time and setup
total was 31 hrs
Here is the time breakdown:
8 min Board prep, glueup, and centering
5 min Rough out with radial lathe saw
5 min Turn to smooth product ready to mill
12 min 6 min each direction.
2 min sand milling shreds and cut and trim end nub
for total of about 27 hours
There was about 4 hrs of getting the wood and all the different set-up times.
total hours for the project was 31 hr
$2500.00 from the job
Total price of the wood used was 14.85 each = $742.50
leaving 1757.50 profit
divided by 31 hrs
Hourly wage = $58.58
In my shop I like to work at about $60 an hour with a $15 minimum. I was happy
with this job and as you can see with the real numbers there is room to make a
If I were to make say four of these I would have had to charge
4 hrs setup $240
2 hrs work $120
If I were to make one I would probably peaked at $150.00 and take a bit of a hit
to keep a customer. but you can see how pricing worked with this one.
I'm open for questions, fire away
As in the drawing it is 6.25" X 9''
I ended up with a 8" pitch and 8 starts.
I used a 3/8 ball, long shaft bit. Only deep enough to make a 1/4" wide cut.