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Project by Drewskie posted 1881 days ago 1781 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About five years ago, shortly after I had gone out on my own, a woman had approached me about building some custom store displays. We met up and I gave here an estimate on what it would cost to build and install the displays. Quickly she realized it would be way beyond what she had budgeted. After some value engineering and price slashing, I did this entire job for about $12g’s, less than half of what I had originally estimated. Although to me it was not about the profit factor, it was about doing a one of a kind project and building my portfolio as a custom woodworker.
So the work commenced cutting and profiling the apple ply with a pattern cutter on the shaper, vacuum forming the decorative Chem Metal curved panels, casting the 750lb concrete shires, welding steel, shaping and polishing plexi glass, and sticking down the laminate. Me and by brother worked vigorously for three weeks right up to when we needed to install. We worked through the night on a 45 hour shift to install the project.
In the end we exceeded every ones expectations including the architects. Then the store was only opened a year and then closed. There was some serous sweet blood and tears on this project, but was a great bonding experience for me and my brother. There were no regrets even when I did the numbers at the end of the job and I found out that I made a whopping $3.50 an hour. I still show people this project to show off our custom capabilities.

Enjoy,

Andrew Prather

-- I cut it three times and its still to short? www.work-in-wood.com





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patron

13018 posts in 1974 days


#1 posted 1881 days ago

beautiful work !
most of our best work we only get to starve for ,
my first restaurant , i made $5.00 an hour ,
and today it is in the city historical places .
( trident restaurant – sausalito , cal. )
i wrote them a letter the other day ,
nobody ever heard of me ,
as everyone that even worked one day there ,
” built the trident ”
and is still tacking all the credit.
my question to them was ,
what have you done after that ?
not 1 answer so far .
my position is simple ,
they can have all the ” credit ”
they want .
i have the experience in my hands ,
and in my heart !
so continue on my friend , and you will get to do more and better yet !

-- 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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isetegija

762 posts in 2147 days


#2 posted 1881 days ago

Wow , a really unique design and very well done.
Your pictures show your fine craftsmanship.
And I liked Your website , specially the before-after part , very professional .

Thanks for an enjoyable experience and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking http://woodworkessence.com/

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Greg Wurst

781 posts in 2465 days


#3 posted 1881 days ago

Those boutique businesses are almost doomed to fail. Fantastic work, though. Too bad you couldn’t go back and some of it with you after they closed.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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SCOTSMAN

5352 posts in 2218 days


#4 posted 1881 days ago

That’s a nice looking job you did Drewskie well done. So sorry you did not make a fair wage on it,but I believe woodworkers should stick to their guns a bit more on pricing.The public will always want things cheaper so once you start to drop your prices by a significant amount then there is no stopping the ball from rolling.Take care buddie.And also good one Patron they can’t rob your brain or the content of your heart well put.kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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a1Jim

112015 posts in 2210 days


#5 posted 1881 days ago

Hey Andrew this is a outstanding project with obvious high end craftsmanship both in design and a solid build.
These low hourly dollar returns sometimes turn out to be our best advertisements for many more jobs.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Drewskie

53 posts in 1888 days


#6 posted 1881 days ago

To me it wasn’t about the money, it was a chance to do something out of the ordinary. I love showing this off to future clinets.

-- I cut it three times and its still to short? www.work-in-wood.com

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POPSHOP

125 posts in 1884 days


#7 posted 1881 days ago

Good work !

-- POPSHOP ,

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ND2ELK

13495 posts in 2407 days


#8 posted 1881 days ago

Very impressive work! Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Mytoya

210 posts in 1848 days


#9 posted 1843 days ago

Beautiful work!

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