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Forum topic by Firefighter posted 12-05-2010 03:24 AM 1099 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2010 03:24 AM

I am in the process of building 2 cribs for our twins that will be here in May. The first crib has a drawer base with the crib and a cabinet on top of it. The second crib will just be a more normal crib. A local shop has given me a rough estimate of $135-165 to finish the “normal”. Does that sound like a good price? They actually asked that I NOT sand it because they want to sand it themselves. I am not an expert finisher (or builder actually) and I want these cribs to look nice. What are your thoughts? The cribs are both curly maple. Pictures will follow. Thanks

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#1 posted 12-05-2010 09:15 AM

I agree, that’s way too much sanding and finish work for that price. I think you should finish them yourself. If you have the skills to build them, you should be able to handle putting a quality finish job on them. No one will care more about doing a good job on your projects than you will.

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 08:34 PM

I agree with mfike. That and I wouldn’t like someone else finishing it only because when I make something I am to picky and I would probably just redo it anyways. And the other guys are right to thats to low for what they are going to do. When the price is that low it makes you wonder if they are cutting corners just to make a buck.

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 08:54 PM

I don’t know about the cost, but personally putting on that first coat is one of my favorite moments on a project. I love to see the color of the wood come to life before my eyes.

Good luck with the cribs – can’t wait to see some photos.


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#4 posted 12-07-2010 09:09 PM

I agree with Tomoose. You put the work into building these projects, only you should get to steal in the glory that comes with first applying the finish. As much as I dislike sanding and finishing, it’s incredibly rewarding to see a finished piece explode with color when I hit it with the first two coats of finish.

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