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Project by MarineGator posted 406 days ago 1013 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this entertainment center for a co-worker recently. It is made of white oak and white oak plywood (red oak beadboard stained to match).

Things that I learned:
1. Charge more – after materials, my labor came to be about $6/hr
2. Allow for less customization – They wanted a recessed back panel to allow for cord storage
3. Plan your transportation beforehand

On a side note, I built a Thien separator before I started and I am damn glad I did. I emptied my 20 gallon trash can 4 times during this build, while only 1/4”-1/2” of dust and wood are in the dust collector bag.

-- If you ain't a Gator, you must be Gator bait.





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 406 days ago

Very nice looking build! Thanks for your service!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 406 days ago

“Charge more.” I know for sure that a lot of people have learned that rule over the years. However, you did a nice job on it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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aussiedave

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#3 posted 406 days ago

Beautiful job it looks great. Yes I think undercharging is something we all do in the beginning and have to learn by experience on the first few commissioned jobs. Any way pricing aside, you did a great job on the entertainment center, I am sure the client was very pleased.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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bowtie

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#4 posted 406 days ago

beautiful!
6 bucks an hour, wow sounds like one of my estimates

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 406 days ago

Nice work, well done….

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

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OakHill

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#6 posted 406 days ago

Very nice work! Looking forward to see your next project

-- John, Illinois, http://OakHillWoodCreations.com

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Sanding2day

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#7 posted 406 days ago

Great looking project and enjoyed your “lesson’s learned” Like the look of the Thien’s Cyclone and found a nice layout for the plans on his site http://www.jpthien.com/cy.htm believe this would be an excellent addition to my shop vac dust collection. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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Chad256

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#8 posted 406 days ago

I have learned that lesson of charging more several times :) Beautiful looking piece but I have to say Roll Tide !!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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JHIM

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#9 posted 313 days ago

it took me about 10 builds to start charging more..easy mistake to make esspecially if you know them. looks great tho

-- "the hard jobs will take a while..the impossible will take a bit longer"

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