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Project by Andrew posted 11-03-2010 03:47 AM 3007 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished refinishing this dresser. I have invested $13 for gel stain, and I have 3/4s of it left, $32 for hardware, left over poly, and 2 screws, along with $10 of sandpaper. It took probably 4 hours of sanding, and 1 hour of applying stains, and poly. I got $160 for the whole thing, is that fair, or should I have negotiated better? This was my sons old dresser, I needed to get it out of my garage (workshop) anyway. It is made mostly of real wood, no fiberboard. but yes plywood. Not sure what kind of wood but at least some kind of malaysian wood that sands easily and smells like teak, but is maple colored with some thin black streaks.
If anyone has a geuss as to the type of wood I would be interested in hearing it.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 03:50 AM

The more I look at these pictures, the more embarrassed I am at the apparent shape of my garage. The reason it had to leave is I am beginning Christmas prodution, and finishing 5 other projects all at the same time. A huge clean up is coming soon, someone is going to want to park a car in my workshop. This is Minnesota afterall.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 03:51 AM

holy cow! that looks great! I think they got a pretty good steal for $160!! I guess it depends on the market…it probably sold very quickly at $160 because it is a great deal. if someone with some money came across it i bet it would have went for WAY more. the ONLY problem i can see, is that it doesnt come as a set, and most people looking for really nice furniture like this, want the entire bedroom set – so that might lower the price seeing how it is only one piece.

if i had to put a number on it, i’d say at least $250-300

GREAT job – looks fantastic

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 04:03 AM

so it was 55 in material and 105 for 5 hours of labor? that seems fair if you were just charging for a refinishing job. as a finished piece, i think you should have gotten more.

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 04:29 AM

I am very pleased that you refinished it and gave it another life. I looks very nicely done. I go to a lot of sales. Some days these sell really cheap (I cry when I see that) Some days they sell for a high price. It depends on the area you live. The flea market crowd tell me if they get 2 1/2 times what they paid for it when they sell it they are happy. You need to ask yourself “If you wouldn’t have done anything to it would it have sold ?”

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 04:31 AM

Very nice! I like the color and finish.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 04:41 AM

Great lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 11-03-2010 04:43 AM

About 15 years ago I got that for refinishing a Oak table top for a breakfast nook. That was just for a flat surface. You should have gotten twice that in my opinion. The materials left over should be considered a freebie considering they were needed to do the job. Given the fact that the season is upon you, it is sometimes better to err on the side of accomplishing a goal instead. I was going to say there’s a workshop there! LOL Then I looked at your homepage workshop pics and saw that you like to turn. Hence unsplit chunks of wood all over. Anyway great refinishing job on the dresser.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#9 posted 11-03-2010 05:02 AM

You did a great job refinishing it , but I have to wonder what they were thinking when they put that huge moulding at the top. It almost looks the same as the base moulding. Does the top open for storage ?

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#10 posted 11-03-2010 07:42 AM

Excellent refinishing work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 11-03-2010 10:12 AM

great job!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#12 posted 11-03-2010 10:18 AM

Hey, this looks golden, great!!!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#13 posted 11-03-2010 01:56 PM

I’m not familar with the prices level at your area but it should be a price of 60%-70% of a new one like this.
A lot of people checking the price from the supplier point of view – how much I spent for material and how much time for labor, on top of it you may lok from the customer point of view – how much he need to add for a new one and the customer calculate what is good for him.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#14 posted 11-03-2010 02:09 PM

That’s the thing about a messy shop, it makes a project like this look so much better. :D Seriously though, nice job, and I think you should have charged a little more.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 11-03-2010 02:13 PM

I think Eli has a good point to charge 60-70% of the original price when the refinish is good and the piece is in good condition. And If you use the “standard” that is often proposed here on L/J that of materials plus $20 and hour for time then I think your selling price was in the ball park. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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