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Project by 404 - Not Found posted 07-08-2013 09:16 PM 1367 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a wardrobe similar to this for a client a few years ago. A nice woman from a big, close, family. I’ve done work for three of her sisters. This job is for one them.
The doors are maple wrapped poplar to keep the weight and cost down. Glass is 6mm opal laminate safety glass. Finished with Becker Acroma a/c satin lacquer. Internal parts are ivory melamine chipboard, mdf drawer fronts sprayed with paint to match and drawers assembled using minifix fittings.
2900mm (9’6) w x 2240mm (7’5) h.
This was a right pain to fit, had to assemble everything in the room because the sections wouldn’t go up the stairs.

If you were going to put a ball park figure on a job like this, what would you charge per foot?

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#1 posted 07-08-2013 11:19 PM

I’d be looking at around $2000.00 – $3000.00 for labor and material. (Quick, eyeball test without researching prices or knowing all the finishes)

It’s another stunning piece. I have some maple that I’ll use for my workbench. I have really taken to it’s subtle beauty.

This wardrobe uses that subtlety quite well while the glass and white interior accent it quite well.

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#2 posted 07-08-2013 11:51 PM

$2800-$3500 like James said there are lots of variables to consider.

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#3 posted 07-09-2013 12:48 PM

Come on, guys. Ireland! Let’s talk Euros

Just sayin’

-- Cheers -- g

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 12:49 PM

Great work, BTW.

-- Cheers -- g

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 12:51 PM

This is very nice, well designed and very practical. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 07-09-2013 09:08 PM

nice built-ins . when you say the doors are wrapped, are the edges and front, faced with maple and the back is still showing the poplar? that would seem to there would more labour in making the doors! easier to use solid maple? I would usually price them at €900-1000 per meter ,so if they are 3m wide then €3000, I would also take into account the time took on the last wardrobe and its price , as her sis will be thinking around the same figure as the last job.
what running gear are you using?

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#7 posted 07-09-2013 11:00 PM

Thanks everyone, sorry to soil the projects section with the dirty lucre.

I knew it, I didn’t charge enough….

Should’ve pushed for more.

@ sottishbob, I had it worked out that each stile would cost €40 in solid maple (out of 2”) – a lot of waste on that and no guarantee that they would stay straight, whereas I could veneer over poplar for about €10 a pop. Yes there was more work but they stayed straight and I got to pick the pieces to work with. I did all the gluing between doing odd jobs about the place so didn’t really miss the time.

The running gear came from, ‘Mars’ I think. Cost of 2 sets 1500mm running gear and courier €127 and it works well, better than the ones costing €600 at Hafele.

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