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Posted on $5,000....for a stationary box.

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jimp

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#1 posted 1758 days ago

This post and all the comments brings up an interesting question. How does everyone calculate the amount of time it takes to complete a project? Do you only count the time that you are in your shop building the project, or do you count all the time it takes to complete the whole project, like the following:

- Design time
- Time it takes to drive to and from your wood supplier
- Time to pick out your lumber
- Time to apply your finish
- Wait time in between coats of finish

It seems to me, that if you were a pro, you would calculate your “build” time by summing up all the time you spent designing and working a project (maybe not including the wait time between coats of finish). I think that calculating your build time, this way, would help you get a better estimate on how long it takes to complete a project and help you calculate a bid for a job.

Lastly, I’m not trying to question this box maker’s hours or his asking price. If he sells it for that price, more power to him. I’m just curious how everyone calculates their “build time”.

Thanks.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH


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