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#1 posted 04-22-2013 03:56 PM

If I were retired with all the time in the world, I’d do it for cost of materials and a few cases of good beer. As it stands now, I have next to no free time to complete my own projjects, so I’d pass. The only time I build something for others right now is as a gift or to barter. If I’m making one of something for myself, and its easy to make two, I may offer it to them at a cost just to cover materials for both.

For that particular piece, the case itself would be simple plywood box with poplar face frame construction using pocket screws and could be done in an afternoon. If you’re looking for heirloom quality with better materials and M&T, much longer. If the fancy feet are a must, those can be purchased pre-made. Like someone else said, the doors and drawers is where you’ll spend your time.

If you have the time, does this friend of yours have skills/products you could barter for?

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