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11-07-2019 09:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: furniture dresser build project sapele quilted maple poplar money selling washington state dovetail mortise and tenon sliding dovetail handcut dovetail facebook drawer drawer runner raised panel chest of drawers boiled linseed oil shellac dye

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on here but I thought I’d reach out to a knowledgeable resource due to the circumstances. My wife and I are planning on moving from Washington State to Florida and need to downsize drastically. One project that has occupied the workshop (our garage) since 2012 has been a dresser that I’ve been slowly building. We need to have a lot of our belongings sold by January, and due to preparing for graduate school and the move it will be impossible for me to finish this project. So despite a broken heart I’ve decided to put it up (unfinished) for sale on Facebook Market place but it’s very hard to put a price on such a project. Below is the description I posted on Facebook and was wondering what people think about the price. I need some honest feedback. Does this seem like a reasonable ask?

Thanks in advance,

Original Ad:
$1000- Incomplete Dresser Build: Figured Hardwood (Sapele, Quilted Maple, Poplar)

Unfortunately, I have taken too long to finish building this dresser and we’re looking to move. The case and raised panels are made of Sapele wood, drawer sides quilted maple, drawer runners and insides made of poplar. No metal fasteners have been used in this project. It is held together completely by glue and joinery mostly consisting of: dovetails (handcut as well as machine cut sliding) and mortise and tenon. The solid wood panels are pre-finished prior to gluing up the case (to account for wood movement), and the back is a finished triple raised panel, not plywood.

If you’re interested in seeing the process, I attempted to blog the majority of the build but as time went on the documentation and narration drastically slowed down.

What is included in the purchase:

The entire dresser in it’s current state
Sapele wood to complete the top of the dresser
Poplar wood to complete the drawer backs
Plywood to complete the drawer bottoms
Any finishing products I have that would be used for the project
A discussion regarding the plans I had for completing the project
An email of the pictures taken during the build process

Honestly, this is a steal for any woodworker since it’s coming with the wood to finish it (most likely yielding additional scrap wood). The price is probably worth much more due to the craftsmanship and quality of the wood so please be thoughtful if trying to negotiate down.

-- Kyle

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#1 posted 11-11-2019 10:50 PM

very nice build so far!
It’s too bad you’ve got to quit it at this point.

Right price? Hmm… Hard to say. I guess if it was myself, I probably would not pay $1000 for something that I still had to finish building. Of course, it IS really nice wood, and you’ve done a great job of the joinery. Sounds bad, but at this point, I don’t think you’d get out of it what you’ve put into it.

Start at that price, and be willing to negotiate down, perhaps?

If it was me, I’d sure have a hard time parting with the peice. I think I’d get a friend to store it for me until a point in my life when I could finish. Or even rent a storage unit…

-- Pete

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