Last few years I've done more and more 'projects' for folks outside of family and friends. When I decide to take on a project like this I have some very strict rules that I adhere to.
1: come to a thorough understanding of what it is to be built and how "we" would like it to look.
2: Its got to be a build I'll enjoy doing
3: All materials are paid for up front..
4: You get it when you get it... 3 weeks or 3 months,,,its done when its done.
5: If we don't agree on 1-4, I"m not your guy, no hard feelings and I'll help you find someone who might work out for ya.
A "fee" for my work isn't part of the process...thats made clear up front. I figure that by paying for the materials and giving me the
chance to do the job, I'm given an opportunity to do something that I might otherwise not be able to do. So I never expect to be paid.
But the tips have been pretty darn sweet...
I love farting around in the shop, I'll sometimes have a half dozen things going on at one time. Then there is cleaning, sharpening, tinkering and of course All of that thinking that goes on down there.