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#1 posted 01-05-2013 07:06 PM

I use a spreadsheet to track expenses and job types so that I have a rough idea how much money goes where. When I do an estimate I just kind of add things up loosely between materials costs and estimate labor on things like how many trips to estimate, design, close the deal, build (broken down into number of actions like mortises, rips, glue ups…), finish and install… I pretty much have an idea of how long things will take and I add on 20% or so to everything for error or defective stock, etc.
That said, I really like the sound of Dan Krager’s system. There’s definitely times when my loose estimating bites me right in the butt!

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