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Offline Gasawyer

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Charging for planing with Lucas
« on: February 10, 2013, 06:55:32 am »
I have a 618 an am getting one of the planer blades. I am wondering how to charge for its use? I believe that most of what's to be planed will be large flitches. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Charging for planing with Lucas?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013, 07:45:12 am »
Gasawer,

I just got the planer head for my 8-27 Lucas. Have not put it on yet, eager to try it . What do you plan to set your slabs on to plane them. I am worried obout hoe to ensure thickness through-out.
 We should keep a thread going about planing.
The local wood shop here, Asheville Hardware, told me they pay up to $100 dollars for a guy to plane slabs with a router. My first customer did not bat an eye at $75 per slab. Have not done them yet, still in kiln somewhere.

Let's keep in touch and share tips.
Where you located?
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Re: Charging for planing with Lucas?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2013, 08:30:58 am »
I'll probably set them on a large log that I'm sawing, eventually I'll make a set of heavy sawhorses with some sacrifical runners on the that can be trued up when setting up.
My head should be here end of the week hopefully. I am in Thomaston,GA and I agree that we need to keep intouch. Thanks Tod.
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Re: Charging for planing with Lucas
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2013, 02:56:56 pm »
Seems like it would be fair to charge an hourly rate, especially if you have to handle the slabs.  Let me know what works best for you fella's, I may invest in one.
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Re: Charging for planing with Lucas
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2013, 08:20:35 pm »
Fishpharmer:

I'll keep you in the loop.
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Re: Charging for planing with Lucas
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2013, 09:03:34 pm »
Thanks :)
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Re: Charging for planing with Lucas
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 11:07:11 am »
I charge the same as my slabbing rate, $50 an hour.  I havent had any complaints.
I like Lucas Mills and big wood.  www.logboy.com

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Re: Charging for planing with Lucas
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2013, 11:31:33 pm »
Logboy,
 I was going to start another thread about a planer question till I saw this one back up.
What do you place the slab on , sawhorses, a table etc ?
I am thinking of putting leveling feet under the legs of the table I built to make it easier to true the slab to the rails. I just wonder how the smarter folk on here do it.
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Re: Charging for planing with Lucas
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2013, 01:47:23 pm »
I just throw it on a set of timbers just like when I'm sawing a log.  I use shims to get it set up just right.  then maybe I put a couple screws on the left hand side incase I take too big of a bite.  Setup is the time consuming part.  Planing a slab goes quickly.

 
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Re: Charging for planing with Lucas
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2013, 03:58:15 pm »
Sounds great. I am not on concrete yet so everything is harder. I have had machine marks in the wood after planeing,  and I think the slab was trembling, for lack of a better word.
I have had good results screwing a couple of angle iron braces into the endgrain and the table. These slabs are not flat on either side, so the first side is kinda wobbley, even with shims. I haven't used it a lot yet, so I am still in the learning curve.
Thanks for your help.
Frank
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