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Awesomewood

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05-12-2021 02:25 PM

I just built a 2×4 bench and I am only doing this for fun I was wondering how much I should sell my bench for. I am going to sand it tomorrow and see if it needs to be stained. Picture attached of it like it sits.


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Aj2

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#1 posted 05-12-2021 04:03 PM

I don’t know if you can sell it for much looks like it’s built upside down. :)
Since it’s your first one keep as a prototype and enjoy it yourself
Good Luck

-- Aj

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controlfreak

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#2 posted 05-12-2021 04:26 PM

May want to keep or give to a friend to see how it hold up in use both structurally and finish durability. If you can batch them out maybe find a craft space that can display & sell them for you. Steve Ramsey has something similar in tables that he painted in some funky colors and sold at flea market type locations. Price you can get? No idea.

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Awesomewood

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#3 posted 05-12-2021 04:28 PM



I don’t know if you can sell it for much looks like it’s built upside down. :)
Since it’s your first one keep as a prototype and enjoy it yourself
Good Luck

- Aj2


I have no clue why the picture uploaded upside down

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SMP

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#4 posted 05-12-2021 04:39 PM

That’s like $10,000 worth of wood now. I’d keep it in your 401k

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John Smith

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#5 posted 05-12-2021 06:13 PM

what tools do you have access to ?
do you have a router, electric sander, jig saw, band saw, etc ??

look at some of the videos on YouTube about joints like “Half Lap” and “Tennon Joints”.
give this bench to a neighbor and let them use it for awhile and ask for their unbiased and honest feedback.
then, call this one your “prototype”.

I would make all the sharp edges somewhat rounded over by whatever means you choose.
(it is oh so much easier to process your wood smooth and rounded before assembly).
fill the screw holes, prime with stain blocking primer and paint it a nice dark green exterior latex or acrylic paint.

and since you used screws for assembly, and apparently no adhesives,
I suggest you take it all apart and sand each piece and round all the edges.
use a shallow counter sink for the screws. put a drop or two of candle wax on the screw heads before filling.
(putting any kind of material on the screw slots before the wood filler is to make it easy to remove the screws in the future – or, to tighten up any loose joints)
pressing a small dot of soft candle wax into the screw slots before filling make it easier for the guy that may some day have to remove those screws. ESPECIALLY, in today’s world where we use Bondo and Epoxy for fillers.
any “non-hardening” material such as Gulf Wax, Modeling Clay, Bees Wax, wood plug, etc. will work.

-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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Andybb

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#6 posted 05-12-2021 07:03 PM

I agree that this one should be a prototype. Like suggested, look at youtube videos on different styles and techniques for joinery, then build another one. If you have no space or use for it then give the prototype to a friend, enemy or family.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Madmark2

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#7 posted 05-12-2021 07:13 PM

Edit & resave your pics and they’ll upload correctly here.

Welcome!

Nice job.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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LeeRoyMan

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#8 posted 05-12-2021 07:19 PM

Here is an idea of what people expect to pay for a bench.

You have to ask yourself, what does yours have that would make anybody pay more for yours.
It’s tough to do. You could refine yours and give it a nice finish, but still can you sell it for what these are being sold for and still make any money?

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Aj2

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#9 posted 05-12-2021 08:04 PM

I would like to suggest keeping woodworking a hobby for pure joy and curiosity. Make things for yourself family and friends. Then if someone wants you to make them something get the price sorted out first and a deposit for the materials.
What’s happened to me in the past I got obsessed making boxes. Since I didn’t have a buyer I am over run with boxes now. In fact you couldn’t swing a cat by the tail without hitting a box in my house. :)
Good Luck

-- Aj

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boyce523

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#10 posted 05-12-2021 08:36 PM


what tools do you have access to ?
do you have a router, electric sander, jig saw, band saw, etc ??

look at some of the videos on YouTube about joints like “Half Lap” and “Tennon Joints”.
give this bench to a neighbor and let them use it for awhile and ask for their unbiased and honest feedback.
then, call this one your “prototype”.

and since you used screws for assembly, and apparently no adhesives,
I suggest you take it all apart and sand each piece and round all the edges.
use a shallow counter sink for the screws. put a drop or two of candle wax on the screw heads before filling.
(putting any kind of material on the screw slots before the wood filler is to make it easy to remove the screws in the future – or, to tighten up any loose joints)
pressing a small dot of soft candle wax into the screw slots before filling make it easier for the guy that may some day have to remove those screws. ESPECIALLY, in today s world where we use Bondo and Epoxy for fillers.
any “non-hardening” material such as Gulf Wax, Modeling Clay, Bees Wax, wood plug, etc. will work.

- John Smith

Agree, while I am a newbie myself, I’m focusing on learning different joinery techniques to increase the sturdiness of my projects. There are several video’s on youtube telling you how to price. This one makes sense to me from my retail experience: P=((Mx1.5) + (TxD)) x 2 Where P is your price, M = material cost; T= time it took; and D is your daily or hourly rate.

-- Tom, East Tennessee

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boyce523

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#11 posted 05-12-2021 08:38 PM


What’s happened to me in the past I got obsessed making boxes. Since I didn’t have a buyer I am over run with boxes now. In fact you couldn’t swing a cat by the tail without hitting a box in my house. :)
Good Luck

- Aj2

But isn’t that what makes you the great woodworker you are today?

-- Tom, East Tennessee

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controlfreak

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#12 posted 05-12-2021 08:57 PM

Thank goodness I am in this as a hobby. I was listening to Wood Talk podcast when Marc Spagnuolo explained that it was hard to make a living doing custom furniture. He was transitioning to more of the instructional side of the craft to make money. This was an older podcast so thing may have changed but I doubt it. The best I will probably do is to make enough to cover wood costs on projects I don’t give away.

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Andybb

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#13 posted 05-12-2021 10:56 PM

That is probably a good way to think about it. Seems hard to earn a living making what usually gets mass produced.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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boyce523

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#14 posted 05-12-2021 11:39 PM



That is probably a good way to think about it. Seems hard to earn a living making what usually gets mass produced.

- Andybb

My problem with the mass produced is the quality is really poor. I’ve always loved wood furniture, but you can’t find anything these days that isn’t veneered particle board. Those cannot become suitable for generations. I want to make stuff that withstands the test of time and a lot of people do. Of course, those who really have experienced that is what funds the mass production so I guess it comes back to being a niche market and only for those who can afford it.

-- Tom, East Tennessee

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controlfreak

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#15 posted 05-13-2021 12:00 AM

I just noticed a bench on the cover of Wood magazine that is close to the size of your bench and has the plans to match.
Might be worth a read as it is so close. Enjoy this dive into the rabbit hole.

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