|Project by Drewskie||posted 07-04-2009 07:41 PM||2113 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
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.
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