4 boxes and a spice rack time study

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Project by eddy posted 03-07-2010 07:17 PM 2187 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

some boxes i made last week this was a time study more than anything. they turned out ok not by best work at all. not incluiding glue drying time took a little over 18 hr’s i don’t know if this is good or bad. i think i would like to get better/faster but i have only been doing this for about 1 1/2 years now the bottom drawers dont line up at the sides well and lids are slightly gapped. again not my best work but i was racing the clock to see what i could do. i would like to know is this slow? ok or what
wood is walnut with maple and purpleheart lined with fleece ($4.44 a yard at wallmart) glued to card stk
still using wood for hinges and finished with wipe on poly
the spice rack went slow start to finish 16 hr’s but on the pluss side the drawer fit so well if you push is 1 drawer the force of the wind behind it will push out 1 of the other drawers
wood id cherry and maple sealed with general finishes salid bowl finish

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 07:42 PM

Looks like you did a fine job on these projects. Is there a reason that you’re wanting your projects completed in short time? I’m about as slow as they come when it comes around to my projects I don’t like to make mistakes or throw perfectly good hardwood into the scrap bin because I screwed up. I’m getting all set to build some boxes and you gave me some creative ideas. Thanks

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 07:59 PM

hi the box s look good great job when i am working on a project no mater what it is i never ever rush it wood work should be enjoyable not a race against time slow down have fun live longer

branch ok

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 08:00 PM

nice job, you can’t rush perfection!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 09:43 PM

These boxes are very lovely. Great work.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 03-07-2010 10:48 PM

If you want boxes real fast… import them from China… otherwise just enjoy the journey….
I remember when I was learning morse code as a Radio Operatior over 30 years ago… the instructor said… get your rhythm and the speed will come… it did… so just zone out get into the rhythm and before you know it you will be able to build these little puppies in your sleep…
Also Grasshopper… you must learn to walk before your run…
Most of all have fun…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 03-07-2010 10:59 PM

Great looking boxes

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 03-07-2010 11:04 PM

These look like outstanding boxes with fine craftsmanship to me.Are you selling your boxes and wanted to what your production ability is? Regardless, job well done and amazing it took only 18 hours of your time. A good test and a good result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 03-07-2010 11:25 PM

Wow eddy, these look great! You are getting better and better all the time. Your craftsmanship really is showing well!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 03-07-2010 11:33 PM

I think you did well in that amount of time, Doing multiple boxes should cut the time for each because you don’t have to set up for each box. I don’t rush when I make boxes and they take around 4 hours total per box. That’s working time, not including waiting for glue and finish to dry. Nice boxes and I like the drawers. I am doing some boxes with drawers and they definitely add to the time needed. I did a cutout for the drawer from the front of the box. That left the sides lined up.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 03-08-2010 04:17 PM

thanks guy’s for the compliments.
mike yes i am selling these and i was working on the cost. in these boxes the bigger box has $8.00 in
walnut. $5.00 and about $4.00 in finish and miss supplies. total 17.00 labor in the test is about 4.5 hr.s
each the most i have been able to get for these style boxes is $70.00 so that leaves $54.00 for labor
this works to be $12.00 to cover me and overhead in the shop. elect. heating tool sharpening and such
so i think that would work out to about $10.00 a hr.
so my thought is to find a different area in the state to sell. but farther i drive and the more it cost to get in the door the less return and i am back to square 1 again

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#11 posted 03-09-2010 12:28 PM

Marketing hand-made products is always the fly in the ointment. Maybe you could find some “studio” type stores to sell to. That way you could just mail them to the stores. If they are the exclusive type they would probably get a lot more from them and you might make as much or more without doing any marketing. That way you could concentrate on making the boxes. Just a thought.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 06-30-2013 03:50 PM

The time looks good to me. If you want to cut the time get a Cnc router.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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