Fine woodworking takes time, patience, skill, and love.  Due to these necessary elements, it is not possible to do a “rush job”.  Please keep this in mind when considering an investment in a piece of artisan furniture.


1. If you have a desired timeframe, please call and confirm Jim’s schedule.  Certain times of year are busier than others, and sometimes Jim can be booked out for several weeks.  Plan on a minimum 8 weeks after the decision making process is complete. This estimate does not include the time for shipping long distances.

2. Additional factors that can increase the overall time frame of a project include:

● Additional design/engineering time for more complex projects or multiple pieces
● Waiting for special order materials
● Changes to initial design 

3. A deposit is required to secure a spot on the building schedule. 


1. Design fee: Since each project is unique, unless detailed elevations are submitted by a professional designer, we require a non-refundable design or engineering fee up front to produce sketches and stain samples for projects.  This fee is integrated into the overall cost of the project.  If it is decided the project will not commence, BWD retains this fee for the design work already done.

2. A deposit of 50% down is required to secure a spot on Jim’s schedule.  Exception: If the cost of materials exceeds 50% of bid, the deposit is increased to materials plus 15%.

3. Balance is due upon pickup from customer or delivery service, or day of delivery by BWD.

4. Once an initial price quote is given, subsequent changes to original design details quoted will most likely change the price. See “How a Project is Priced” below for more information and tips.


Jim can estimate a ballpark price of a project given a few details including size, complexity, materials, and finish.  Past this stage, if it is necessary to create and submit detailed drawings before a commitment is made, a non-refundable design fee based on the complexity of the project is required for this service, as the design process often takes several hours of work. This fee is integrated into the overall cost if commitment is made to proceed with the project.

Multiple factors contribute to the final cost of a project. The following are examples of factors that will affect pricing:

1. Materials are charged at “cost” including any shipping and handling fees if special ordered:

● Brushaber Wood Design does not inflate material costs or make money off materials.
● Material prices, especially wood, fluctuate according to supply-and-demand and gas prices affecting transport cost from suppliers to vendors.
● On rare occasion, if material prices rise unexpectedly between the time of the initial bid and the time of material purchase or ordering, BWD will call you for approval to move ahead with the project with the agreement of the final price reflecting the additional cost.
● Jim may be able to suggest alternate materials or types of wood which have similar qualities but are more cost-effective.

2. Jim must estimate the number of hours a project will take factoring level of difficulty, milling, assembling and finishing time, and design/engineering time:

● Design details and techniques such as inlay, turning, carving, radius work (anything that is curved), and complex finishes are labor intensive and is a major cost factor.
● In general, the more pieces and moving parts = more expensive.
● Smaller may not mean significantly less expensive; often smaller-scaled projects have just as many parts as larger ones which take as much time to mill and assemble.

3. For “built-in” style projects, an additional installation charge can only be estimated and may ultimately be more or less depending on unforeseen challenges at the installation site such as uneven or unstable walls.

4. Delivery or shipping is extra (see “Delivery” below)

5. Once an initial price quote is given, subsequent changes to original design will likely change the quoted price.



1. Jim is adept at engineering a piece from a designer’s rough sketches or verbal description.  Designers who can draft detailed elevations of designs with exact measurements can email plans followed by telephone contact to discuss details.  If a majority of the design process is given to Jim, a non-refundable design fee is required.

2. Designers may prefer to purchase special hardware such as knobs and pulls themselves and have them delivered; others leave it up to Jim’s discretion.  Jim can also hand carve unique pulls, knobs and handles or collaborate with a metalsmith.

3. Jim is able to produce many fine finishes.  Jim will produce up to 4 finish samples based on conversations, photos, or existing samples for approval. 

4. In some cases, designers may want a piece painted or finished by a special artisan they know.  *Once a piece leaves Jim’s shop, BWD is no longer responsible for the condition of the finished piece after transfer to another contractor or artist.

5. “Paint-grade” projects must be both calked and painted by a third-party contractor.

1. Jim loves to design unique pieces of furniture from simple to whimsical.  Just give him dimensions, desired functionality, a general opinion of design details you like (and definitely do not like!).  Jim will sketch out a design with a few detail options to choose from.  You can participate in the design process as much or as little as you want.

2. Some clients know exactly what they want.  Jim will work with you to design the furniture of your dreams.  If you can draw something out, that’s a start.  Or, if you feel you can verbally articulate your ideas, he will sketch it out while you describe.

3. Tearing out pages of magazines or catalogues, or image references on the web with examples of what interests you including general style, certain design details, finishes, scale, etc… can be very helpful if you are not sure how to describe these aspects.

4. Glass, stone, and metal elements can usually be integrated into a design if desired.

5. Pricing: Keep in mind when you see a price on a piece of furniture in a store, online, or in a catalogue, this would not be a good way to gauge what a real custom artisan project may cost, even if it is similar in scale and materials.  Many of these items are mass produced from pre-engineered templates with materials purchased in bulk.  One-of-a-kind pieces have to be engineered and milled from scratch regardless of how “simple” something may appear.  See “How a Project is Priced” above for more information.