Drawer like box, but no bottom, what to charge

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Forum topic by Marcos Soriano posted 09-13-2018 11:28 PM 528 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Marcos Soriano

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09-13-2018 11:28 PM

Hello all!

I started woodworking as a hobby couple of years ago, without experience or too much knowledge, went into it just by watching youtube videos, done a few things, bookshelfs, cutting boards and odd little things. Someone ask me for quote on a specific job, they want a box, basically a drawer without bottom out of solid red oak. Dimensions, width 8.25”, depth 15” and height 4.25”, thickness is 11/16”. It has a 0.125” channel an inch from the top and an inch from the bottom as decoration, plus a rabbet on all sides of 3/8 by 0.5 inch on top an bottom, they also would like two coats of sprayed finish all around. Honestly, since I’m just beginning to take as a business, have not clue at what to charge for those. I’ll built a sample to show them before getting the job, in the event, they want 100 of those boxes. I’m lost pricing this one, any help would be appreciated, if pricing changes by state, I’m in Atlanta.
Help is needed, thank you.

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#1 posted 09-15-2018 04:14 PM

Remember your Labor, will be the most costly and make sure you include the Prototype time. Then source the materials, if rough and planning needed, you have to include that time figure $60-$100 per hour. Then the cost of materials + 10-15%. Include any tools that may be needed. Just my ideas, I was in another line of work and tried to go cheaper. The issue was they didn’t see me at the same level as other outfits from the cities. Dan

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#2 posted 09-15-2018 04:44 PM

Submit a proposal

Genuino Custom Woodworks
PO Box 1313 Mocking Bird Lane
Alder City
Atlanta …......

Use RDan’s formulas and it will keep you going in the correct direction.

Others will have good advice as well.

Good luck now.

Huff’s blog is worth your time.

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Marcos Soriano

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#3 posted 09-16-2018 02:38 AM

Thank you RDan and waho6o9,

I’ve done two prototypes, no charge, if I buy rough lumber is $3.17 board foot, if I buy at HD (S2S) is $3.60, plus renting a truck to get those big pieces home plus the planning and sanding, not worth it to me. Not sure how to calculate the use of the tools, sorry but I’m trying to learn. They mentioned they paid $42.50 per unit to a guy in California, which I think is too little, he just retired, so they need another woodworker. Half of what they say they paid goes for the finishing only in my view. On another note, I think I might just skip this one or find someone else before getting into something I might regret or not make money on, although will be a good business lesson.
One way I look at it, apologies if it is wrong, I have made a few custom butcher’s block, walnut, mahogany, maple etc., or combinations of those about 12”x18” smallest size and sell them for $250 and up, takes a lot less time, materials and work to do those than these boxes, how they got away paying $42.50? Most likely they are lying but at that price I’ll be loosing money.
Any other comments or suggestions are welcomed, thank you so much guys.

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