Folding Step-Stool

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Project by JAGWAH posted 03-14-2010 08:32 PM 6490 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks Ytsejamir for posting your stools. My client wanted a folding stool built that was more eye pleasing than the metal one she was using to access all her exotic Finch cages.

She wanted it to be made of cherry with minimal lines, no curves or holes, and black hardware. She took the photo of woodsmith Magazines page and redimensioned it all. I didn’t have an issue becaues it’s a rare few who will spent $300 for a stool and frankly it should be as they want it.

I underestimated the issues going from 4/4 stock legs to 6/4 square stock but all came out ok. I had hoped she would have stayed true to the orig. as I intended to do multiples to reduce shop time and cost.

For the record the steps ran about $135 for the cherry,$20 for the finish supplies, $12 for hardware and 8hours labor.

Not including 2 trips to their home to discuss @ 2 hrs each, or trips to 2 wood suppliers and 2 trips to finish suppliers. Plus one last trip to deliver tomarrow.

So that’s what, $133 for labor, divided by 8 hours shop time equals $16.63 hrly or divided by real time spent of 18 hours including delivery. So then I made about $7.39 hrly.

As my Daddy would say to me,” Well Robert, some people don’t make any money at their hobbies.” “It’s not a hobby Dad,” I would say but I’m beginning to wonder.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 08:35 PM

Sorry Ytsejamr I stuck an I in your name.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 11:21 PM

Nice stool! Must be heavy…wonder if your client will enjoy dragging it around?

Also, sorry for my naivete, but is it just me or is that quite expensive for cherry?

Thanks for posting a breakdown of your costs and time. Really helps put things into perspective – it is clearly not easy to make money woodworking.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#3 posted 03-14-2010 11:24 PM

I can’t imagine any of my clients paying $300 for a stool. You must have good connections with the wealthy.
btw good job!

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#4 posted 03-14-2010 11:50 PM

The cherry was $9.89 bf for 8/4, I said 6/4 my bad. had to buy full board 9.5 bf and 4/4 board was not available there. I had to by the 4/4 at Woodcrafters at $11bf but was able to buy 4bf. $114 pluss $44 so I added wrong above and seems made less.

I agree I thought it was high also. As to weight and it being moved. They want this permanently open and out near all the cages. They’ll just slide it about where they need to get at the birds, which they have over 100.

Price comparisons to the metal “Target Store” foldups is unfortunate. To get this price you need to understand your selling furniture! While my client knows cheap and functional. That’s what they have. They wanted a piece that could be left out in the room and not draw attention to that function.

If price is your consideration well then youcan go buy the cheap functional metal Chinese Import crap. Which I have just for that reason, but then my house has a lot of that sort.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 11:36 AM

Woody, people will pay what they think a thing is worth.

I’m a musician with a day job. When I play a paying gig I can get anywhere from $50 – $150 a gig, depending upon the venue, etc.

They could plug in a CD and play something canned, but they want live music for whatever reason.

Jagwah, it looks nice.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#6 posted 08-04-2010 04:20 PM

Nice! I finally found my way to this. That thing must be heavy. My wife complains about the one I made her being too heavy.

Did you use magnets to hold the top step closed?

And I hear you on $/hour. I think I made under $4/hr on my last project (serving tray). :-)


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