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woodcrafter47

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1376 days ago

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I have a neighbor friend who wants 2 toy boxs simple, Out of 1/2 or 3/4 in plywood 6’x3’x3’, no lid . My question is what would be a fair price for them. Their kids are going to paint them there own unique style…

-- In His service ,Richard


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1376 days ago

First you have to sit down and figure how many sheets of plywood you’re going to need and what kind you’re going to use. 1/2” sheathing is a lot cheaper than 3/4” birch. Add in the price of some screws and glue, and you’ve got your material cost.

If all you are doing is making simple 5-sided boxes, glued and screwed, it shouldn’t be more than about 3 hours labor. What you want to charge for your time depends on how good a friend he is.

edit: As I sit here thinking about it, I realize it is going to take 8 sheets of plywood to make two boxes those dimensions, and there will be a lot of leftovers. To save him some money, you might want to sit down and figure some dimensions that would make more efficient use of the sheets.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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richgreer

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#2 posted 1376 days ago

I assume you realize that boxes this large will require solid wood frames. Plywood to plywood joinery will not hold up.

Still, I see this as a 3 hour project if I hustle.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Crushgroovin

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#3 posted 1375 days ago

I agree with above Materials+Labor=Price. Labor price Dependant on how close a friend he is. If you were finishing them or making something of an heirloom than I would take other factors into account.

I will send you some photos of a box my dad built my boys about 5l years ago. They have held up really well to two boys who just turned 8 & 9.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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Crushgroovin

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#4 posted 1375 days ago

Here are some pics of a toybox my dad made my boys about 5 years ago. I am pretty sure he used utility grade 1×12 pine for the whole thing. Measures in total 42”x26” and about 19” high in the front 23” high in the back. Should be cheaper than using 8 sheets of plywood! Obviously the ornate top and stencil are optional.

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-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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woodcrafter47

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#5 posted 1375 days ago

Thanks guys for info. I will price out ply wood ,however Ido like the pine toy boxes better and much simpler to make.
Will price out the pine as well.

-- In His service ,Richard

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