I am a finish carpenter currently working on an upscale home. I’ve been asked to build two Cherry built-in cabinets in the livingroom next to the fireplace. Although I have been “dabbling” in woodworking for years, I have never attempted anything this involved before.
Overall the opening is 56in wide x 108” H x 16in deep (x2)
There is a base cabinet with 4 (custom to match the kitchen)doors and drawers for CD’s & DVD’s. With three seperate compartments. It has a cherry top with dentil molding and 2 quarterd legs on the sides. (56”w x 24”d x 32”h) In one of the compartments is the speaker that the home owner wants to hear but not see, so I have to modify the door… the owner does not want speaker cloth! So it looks like I’ll have to build some kind of cherry wood weave .The circle top was provided by the local lumber yard because it had to be bent.
On top of the cabinet are 4 adjustable shelves with plywood side & back.
This is constructed with quality cherry plywood and solids.
I am just about done with the build and ready to stain & finish… this project is a Time & material agreement.
My problem is that I am not proficient, so it takes me alot longer to complete. As a finish carpenter I usually charge between $45-55. per hour but I’m thinking this is low for this kind of work.
My thinking is that you guys that do this for a living and have decent shops could probably build and install (one) in about a week with maybe 2 days to finish.
What would you charge?
I am looking for a labor charge only.