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#1 posted 10-08-2013 03:00 PM

Douglass made some very good points.

1. Did you show your neighbor the design, as you drew it up, to see if it is in the area of his interest, if he wanted a cabinet made by you, instead of purchasing from a professional shop to save money, then whatever design you come up with, you needed to show him and get his approval that that is what he anticipates you to do for him, he may have been satisfied having something made at the hobbyist level, where your average diyer would do.

If you showed him the design and what is involved in bringing it about, and he liked it enough to give you the goahead, then he is aware that the cost would have to match the work you are introducing to him, so you can charge him full cost, where he agreed upon by approving your design concepts.

However if you designed and built it without his approval of the design or knowledge of it, then there is a dilemna in this, because it all depends on what you and him agreed upon fore the build.

Your workmanship, has showed BETTER than cabinet shops, you went into great details in the construction, you went the extra mile to show perfection in your work, HOWEVER, was he aware you would go this extra mile to build this, or was he only wanting something built at a less perfect workmanship, at a lower level of quality.

Thats where the rubber meets the road, in this situation.

Hopefully he was fully aware of the work you were putting into it, and was fully giving you the goahead to produce such a fine piece of furniture.

Hopefully he would be wiling to pay what you deserve in this build favor for him.

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