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#1 posted 12-28-2010 05:38 AM

He’s a full-time woodworker in SF so a shop rate of 60-75 an hour is completely reasonable. It appears to be about 20” x 16” so thats about 6-8 bf of lumber. Walnut can easily go up to $8 a bf so right there is $55ish. Theres a steel frame inside the box to make sure it’s strong enough. We all know that the wood itself is strong enough, but a lot of people don’t and they like the fact that it’s overbuilt. Afterall if you are going to hang your bike on a $300 shelf. Theres a good chance you’ve spent over a grand on the bike, which isn’t hard to do. The steel for the frame would be $15-20. So we’re at 75 in materials add hardware and finish and lets call materials an even $100. That leaves 200 for labor. If he charges $60 an hour thats a little over three hours. Three hours isn’t much to dimension lumber, assemble the shelf, sand and finish, fabricate a steel frame and bracket, package the whole thing up and ship it.

I wouldn’t buy it, but it’s not a rip off.

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