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  1. Just my $.02, but in my area, an apprentice/beginner fee for craft products is basically overhead/material + min. wage. For the few items I've made for others, I never charged the time for mistakes that I had to go back and fix. That was my foul up, so I have to eat that time to make it right. Anyway, best of luck!
  2. Thanks again. I have a #4, #6, #7, and what I assume is a #7 wooden plane that's over 115 years old (and a couple of random block planes). I'll take some more time and educate myself of when and how to use them more efficiently. Thanks again guys.
  3. Thank you so much for the tips and encouragement. I have nothing but time to learn, so I'll take a step back, rethink, and re-approach with a level head. You guys are a wealth of info and a confidence boost. Thanks!
  4. When you say flatten the bottom, how do you determine which side will be the bottom? I usually address the cupped side by going across the grain, but if there's a better way to do it, I am all ears. Thanks
  5. Hello all. Long time lurker, first time poster here. First of all, I should caveat that I'm very new to traditional woodworking, so I'm constantly reading/watching various resources to improve my techniques with the tools I have. My biggest point of frustration at the moment is that no matter what technique I use (cross grain on the cup, or addressing twist), I can't seem to get a consistent surface of raw lumber to even make a registration face. I'll take a few passes with my #7, check for level, take a few more and when I think I'm close, I'll grab my #4 to make the finishing passes. But it never fails, that in the end, I have a discrepancy (sometimes HUGE) in the thickness of the board. Currently, I'm using a beautiful piece of spalted white oak to make a gentleman's valet, and I'm near the point of lighting a match and walking away. It's frustrating to think that I'm destroying this beautiful lumber much less compromising my brother's birthday present. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. I get questions all the time about why I chose to take the traditional route, and the answer is simple....I get a lot more education and experience out of the process than I would with power tools. I knew frustration would always be an issue no matter the route, but it seems to be more of an obstacle that anticipated as I can't even get a project started with the materials I need.