Japanese sitting bench

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Project by Marius posted 06-14-2010 06:43 AM 7830 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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a lady sent me a photo she saw at ikea site and wanted one,
made from Douglas fir… I call this one ‘Japanese sitting bench’
its not like if its a table or anything BUT a bench to sit on…
simple design but some time to drill and chisel out the hole
3 day job (part time) laminated 2×2’’ fir then plane….sand
100$ thank you
(Ikea price is 119$ from birch)

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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#1 posted 06-14-2010 07:03 AM

cool design low price

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 07:18 AM


I like that design Very Much! Also had a look at your Website. Those Rocking Horses are OUTTA Sight!

Might have to move from Ontario to BC. Seems to be a lot of Talented “Woodies” living out there…LOL…


-- Deodorant is like Common Sense. Those who need it the most, never use it.

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 01:39 PM

Nice job and simple design like you say . Looks good .

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#4 posted 06-14-2010 01:45 PM

Ikea is great for their designs, but man it kills me when customers send a pic from ikea and actually want a LOWER price sometimes its just not worth it, but if you were ony in it part time i’d say you made out ok! great execution and nice looking finish!

-- I know its around here somewhere...

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#5 posted 06-14-2010 02:10 PM

Yea, ikea kills me sometimes. I have picked up some wood shelving there at prices that I just wouldn’t be able to match. HOW DO THEY DO IT??

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 03:06 PM

I like the design, but it doesn’t look welcoming or relaxing or all that comfortable. Does look Ikea. Would take a special place to show it off without it looking out of place.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#7 posted 06-14-2010 03:11 PM

Awesome- be sure to charge more next time!!

-- rustic andy

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#8 posted 06-14-2010 03:32 PM

Economies of Scale at work there on the whole Ikea thing.

I would think that people would be willing to pay the same as Ikea since they’re getting from a local craft person, supporting the local economy, but I guess that’s not always the case.

I would think maybe at least $115 next time? Then they’re still saving a little money and you’re making a touch more. Not sure what your material costs were here, but I bet that would at least cover a chunk of it? Or what about even making several of these at a time while you have everything set up?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 06-14-2010 05:17 PM

A+++++++++++++++ well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 06-14-2010 07:41 PM

Nice design. I think your price should be more than Ikea. Yours is one-off!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#11 posted 06-14-2010 07:41 PM

ahhhh a lovely subject Jonathan COST OF WOOD

i got about 100 clear/straight grain 2×4 12’ FREE .
yes there grey from being outside BUT dryer than a popcorn-PHART and now there neatly stacked in my dry shed
Just too nice for anything BUT furniture ….. make one for customer and GIVE one to the firMan (Timberspan)
that works for me just peachy :)
making the hole and fine tuning it was a pain in the but… I NEED a mortising jigg and a NEW drilll press that will handle it
(wish list…. anyone has one for FREE?? including shipping :D )

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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#12 posted 06-14-2010 08:33 PM

In business it might not be a good idea to discount for something you were able to get a good price on or even free unless it will draw in much more business and not just on the discounted item. There are too many other factors (like labor, storage, loss, theft, sick time, utilities, equipment, replacement materials, inventory, etc.) that suck up black ink. You can end up working for nothing. You should charge MORE than Ikea and point out why to the customer-better wood, better workmanship, personal attention to detail, delivery, etc., etc. In the case of that bench there was the obvious factor of well-seasoned wood.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#14 posted 01-07-2013 06:06 PM

ok i really would like to make this in my shop class but my teacher wont let me untill i find the plans for it could someone please help me?

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