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#1 posted 09-29-2020 02:20 PM

I spoke with him and he gave me a ballpark of what he s seen them go for online…

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That alone would be enough information for me to say no. You can’t possibly compete in price with cheap production products. I wouldn’t build a hinged box that size for under $100, irrespective of the type of wood.

There are more points to consider besides the cost of the wood. What will the hinges cost you? Will he want it to have a clasp, and what will that cost? What sort of joinery are you planning? Will you have to buy any tooling to achieve that joint? What sort of finish will you use, and what will that cost per box? There are countless other pitfalls.

However, it’s your call. If you just want an excuse to get lots of practice building boxes, and can charge enough that you don’t lose money in the process, go for it.

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