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Forum topic by sunflower100 posted 02-22-2012 09:22 AM 968 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2012 09:22 AM

As professional woodworker I have done just about every finishing situation there is.
One thing I have not done is to finish another shops project. I am looking for and idea of finishing costs or a formula to use as an estimating tool possibly a cost per foot. I have been told to add 30% of the total job when it involves a painted or glazed finished using pigmented finish.
Any help along these lines would be beneficial.

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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 08:35 PM

I would estimate based on a straight T&M plus overhead approach.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 10:23 PM

As I posted earlier, I use 25% materials, 25% labor, 25% overhead, and 25% net. Just my math, butb it has worked for my shop.


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#3 posted 02-22-2012 10:46 PM

I always use just go with the double rule. Double materials. Double what I think it will take on labor.


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#4 posted 02-22-2012 11:53 PM

I will be keeping an eye on this thread as this is something I’m very interested in.

I am constantly amazed by the bewildered expressions people have when you tell them how much work is involved in finishing a job. They wouldn’t mind paying €400 to have a wing resprayed on the family car, but wince at a couple of hundred for finishing a cabinet…

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#5 posted 02-23-2012 06:27 AM

I always start with find he process to find the finishing process. After we get the step then we can estimate the finishing material cost.

Then we continue with estimation to the labour cost and utility cost.

Finishing cost estimation


Good luck


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