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#1 posted 05-29-2014 03:43 PM


Furniture refinishing is another ball game all together. Not much for details to go on, but first questions would be; what type finish is on it now and what kind of shape is it in? Are there any water marks or stains? Is it solid Cherry or veneered? Is it stained now or natural finish.
What type finish does the customer want. Stained, finished natural or what?

Furniture refinishing is very labor intensive. You probably won’t have much in materials as far as stripper (if needed), sandpaper, stain (if needed), sealer and finish, maybe $20 to $25, so trying to do a simple multiplier to determine a price, like so many woodworkers like to do when building something, doesn’t work too well. You really need to take the time and look at each phase of the refinishing and try to determine your time to do each.

Make sure you allow some extra time for the unexpected! Here’s a quick way to look at it; can you start in the morning and have it finished before you quit that night? 8 hours @ $20.00/hr = $160 plus materials.

If you think you can do it in less time, than that’s great, but I would venture to guess you will waste at least an entire day on it. You may not be working on it every minute of that time, but it will have your shop tied up for at least that time.

Usually when a customer hears $200 or so to refinish a coffee table, they think your crazy, but it’s real easy to wrap up that many hours in one. Not all the time, but if you under estimate your time, you will quickly realize that furniture refinishing for no money is less fun than woodworking for no money! lol

Good luck
Only one other person has posted in the past 19 hours, but now that I opened the door for debate on how long it might take you, I’m sure you will get more responses…........Let’s hope so anyway.

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