For those inexperienced in pricing out a project, I thought the following tip might prove useful -
The first step in the process involves doing a quick pricing comparison in order to determine whether it is worth the investment of time and money to begin such an adventurous project. An online search reveals that the average cost of a mid-level sofa is in the neighborhood of $600.00. My plans for a sofa show that 55 board feet of lumber will be required in order to complete the project. I will be using Ash which costs $2.50 at the lumber yard. Performing simple math, the wood will cost $137.50 and estimated hardware costs are at $50.00. At $187.50, this is a substantial savings :)
Of course I do need that jointer and planer to mill the roughsawn lumber to make the sofa wonderul. A $1000.00 investment, but we all know that we will be doing many projects using these tools over time, so the price will definitely be spread out.
The tablesaw I currently am using is getting a little bogged down with the really thick boards. I think it is time to upgrade to that powermatic I have been admiring. At about $3000.00 in the Rockler catalog, but those boards will come out very nice….
I have some curved parts and I need a good bandsaw to handle them curves…Grizzly has some very nice models for just under $1000.00.
Um, my wife is upset about sitting on the floor while I plan out my project. With the savings in wood cost, I can buy her a used couch that we can use until the project gets under way…
I made a few errors in planning, I need to get another 15 board feet of Ash, but we definitely would not want the couch to look put together by an amateur… the cost is more than justified.
I had to take my wife out to a very fancy restaurant to calm her down because we are still sitting on that lime green sofa. It takes time to do things right. I am sure she will understand. It has been 3 years but I am getting closer :)
I received a letter today informing me that my wife is filing for divorce. It appears that she is asking for my tools in the settlement. I hired a lawyer at $80.00 an hour to make sure I have the tools to finish the job. That sofa is going to be beautiful, she will be very very sorry.
My wife won the settlement. From, what I understand, she used the money from my tools to purchase a very nice sofa/sleeper from Italy. My lawyer told me this. He is living with my ex-wife now. He is not sleeping on the couch so he can’t verify whether the sleeper is comfortable. I have made a very nice sitting place out of some crates in my cardboard house though.
So there you have it, a short breakdown in the costs should reveal that making your own furniture is not always cheaper but the guarantee that such a project will be a life altering experience makes it all worthwhile.
Anyone know where I can get some tools cheap?
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.