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Tool Tips for the seriously deranged #1: Pricing a sofa project

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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?

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.



14 comments so far

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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1052 days ago

You can try E-bay, or your local paper for use tools.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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glue4you

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#2 posted 1052 days ago

Why don’t you check out some of the beautiful ladies on LJ. Find a well-equipped female woodworker, so you have the tools for free. Well-equipped, ay …. ? Sorry.

I recommend checking their profiles and stalk the one with the biggest clamps.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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mcoyfrog

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#3 posted 1052 days ago

OHHHHH this was funny thanks for the laugh, some of it way to close to home… LOL and Alex you so funny too…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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degoose

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#4 posted 1052 days ago

WANTED: Woman with sense of humour… must come with own sofa and woodworking tools..
Post this on Craigs List… and see what happens…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 1052 days ago

Just thinking of future liasons…...was her lawyer a female by chance….or at least a transvestite?............(-:

Seriously, I get the real message here…in domestic altercations make sure your lawyer is the same sex as your opponent…....er…....under normal circumstances.

...and two, don’t buy a lime green couch….......

..........where was she selling your tools?..................(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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patron

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#6 posted 1052 days ago

crates is good

now find some cinder blocks

you will have a well furnished place
in no time

go to sears for tools

that’s where i started 3 times
when this happened to me

now i live alone
in a big house

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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David Craig

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#7 posted 1052 days ago

Thanks all for joining in the fun of a piece of semi fiction (Truth always hides within)

Larry – Will try Craigs list but I am sure another woodworker would beat me out, even on my own ad…Always seems to happen to me there.

Jim Beterlson – Your posts bear witness to the fact that you know the hidden truths, but it took you three wives to learn it (if I remember correctly :)

David – I also live alone in a big house and I have the tools, the irony of course is that I do not have a sofa. Hence the inspiration for this blog….

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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patron

12955 posts in 1938 days


#8 posted 1052 days ago

the irony of it all

i don’t have a sofa either

i did get a recliner
when i had sciatica problems
but couldn’t sit in it
as it hurt just as much as laying down

now that that is over
it’s the only chair i have
besides the hard one’s i built
for the dinning room

i fall asleep in it watching tv allot

and wonder how i would get along
with the ladies selling dish soap
in the ads

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Grandpa

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#9 posted 1052 days ago

Like many people, you don’t like building. You like collecting tools. LOL

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spanky46

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#10 posted 1051 days ago

Sorry about the tool loss! Maybe it was worth it? lol

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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HalDougherty

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#11 posted 1051 days ago

For goodness sake, don’t put a notice like that on Craig’s List or you’ll be flooded with offers… Wait, that might not be a bad idea after all. You could spend a life time trying out the sofas and never need to buy one.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 1051 days ago

How soon do you need the couch? Just buy the cushions you would want for a good couch, perhaps A&C style like a wide morris chair, and then build a temporary out of 2×4’s. Of course, then if are like me, the sofa would last the rest of your life and you would never replace the 2×4 frame…(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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David Craig

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#13 posted 1051 days ago

Jim – Fortunately I do not “need” a couch, just would be nice to have one for company :) After I get one, I can then discover that it is not the lack of a couch but my engaging personality that keeps people away. I have plans for one that I downloaded from Wood. Similar comcept that you described, Morris style frame with customizing your cushions using fabric and material. I like the concept, keeps the couch from getting “old.” If one wants to change the style, create new cushions.

I needed some ummmm tools to help me with the job :) I am squared away in that department so just need time and materials. Plans call for Oak but I really am going to use Ash as a substitute. Stuff is real cheap and with the borer bettle, Lord only knows how long we will have to work with that wood.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 1051 days ago

Does that mean you need a disengaging personality to socially succeed?

I resemble that…......hmmmmmmm

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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