Employees: Just me right now: Trevor Heald. Hmm, what do you want to know? Just a guy.
Payment methods: Checks Cash Various and sundry online money transfer apps Credit/EFT cards (3% surcharge on card transactions)
Pricing: I'd like to be transparent about what I have charged for past projects, but I have to be considerate of my customers' privacy as well. My customers can be assured of my utmost discretion when they come to me with scandalous projects. Following the ATF incident, I regret that I can no longer offer ghost-gun production services.
Project costs vary dramatically based on several factors: - The amount of design work I need to do before and during fabrication. - Special tooling that needs to be purchased, i.e. tube bending dies. - Working in the shop vs. working on a jobsite. - The degree of accuracy required in the finished product. - The pleasantness of the work. Lying on my back on the muddy ground underneath a trailer whilst grinding overhead is going to cost a lot more per hour than TIG-welding perfectly clean, perfectly-mitered steel tubing while getting a foot massage. - Whether or not the item will need to be dis-assemblable. Designing and fabricating a bolted assembly is usually more time consuming than fitting and welding. - How much I like you. (just kidding)
Detail attention: Longtime Corvallis welder and fabricator Pete Megis once told me, "Don't ever let anything leave your shop with a sharp edge." I try to live by that advice. My work tends to have its corners rounded so they don't snag on clothing. Holes are deburred and chamfered as appropriate. Spatter is removed before powdercoat.
In the design of load-bearing components and weldments, I try to work with the "flow of stress" to reduce stress concentrations.
Public Service Announcement I get a lot of customer inquries about making something for them the replicate something they saw in a store. The problem is, I can't match the cost or quality of something that can be purchased off-the-shelf. Mass production allows for much better cost-efficiency and refinement of the design over time. I believe the environmental impact of mass-production is also less than that of custom fabrication. Trailer hitches are a classic example of this scenario: I get customers asking me to make a trailer hitch for their vehicle. Not only am I unqualified to design a load-bearing, highway-rated hitch (the failure of which could result in mass casualties), but there are already hitches available to fit almost any vehicle, usually for under $200. Risk of failure aside, I'd be hard-pressed to fabricate and powdercoat a custom hitch for under $300, and that's probably on the cheap side.
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