Hallway Bench

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Project by UncleBendy posted 11-24-2007 08:35 AM 1859 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine gave me the extra knotty white pine panel cutoffs from a big job he did. I finally got around to using the material. This project is inspired from a hallway bench found at It was finished with sanding sealer, then 3 coats of satin lacquer. Another friend of mine wants to buy it; I’m not sure what to charge. Any guesses, comments, or suggestions about price are welcome. As usual, I’m always open to criticism regarding the project itself.

Thanks all!

Austin Benedict

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#1 posted 11-24-2007 10:59 AM

Nice looking bench Austin. No idea what to charge for it. Do you make a living doing woodwork? if so, you should charge your normal hourly rate and back out the cost of materials – depending on how close you are to your friend. If you don’t make a living doing woodwork – figure out how long it took you to make it and factor in your finish materials. Then either come up with an hourly rate or pick out a tool that you want and go with that price.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 11-24-2007 01:03 PM

Austin, If you are not making a living at woodworking? Pick out the exact tool and see if your friend will buy it for you in exchange. He will either show up with the tool or not, depending on how much he wants it. Then, no one’s feelings are hurt. If he does not bring the tool at least you will still have a very nice bench. The plus side also, you’ll still have the friend.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#3 posted 11-24-2007 03:05 PM

Both of those are very good ideas except, it really depends to me just how good of a friend we’re discussing. For my very close friends I usually charge a case of beer, or a nice bottle of wine, or maybe a bottle of bourbon. Then I share it with them!

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#4 posted 11-24-2007 04:18 PM

Its a great bench, I like big holes for shoes, and boots.

-- Andy

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#5 posted 07-21-2008 06:34 AM

Great looking bench—My own feeling is that there’s no way I could make a living doing wood work, so I either give my work away or ask to be reimbursed for materials. The fun is in the building. That said, I’d think this project is somewhere between a high end router and a domino joiner… Remember that money is worthless (worth less and less everyday!)—at least the tool should hold it’s value. Good luck!

-- SteveL

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