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07-28-2014 02:11 AM

*THANKS for all the wonderful posts…great advice!
had to stop watching post…phone never stops vibing :)

I am going to attach pics of a dresser I built for a customer.
I am curious to what you may charge $-wise for such an piece.


I have hundreds of images of the dresser, explaining all the build.

My question is: What do you price this piece as shown?

Cherry drawer fronts (top 3 Flamed Cherry, 4 sides boxes ALL), others are cherry fronts Maple boxes 3 sides, Top 3 drawers are “through Dovetails”, bottom 6 are “half-blind”, Full 3 piece glue-up Cherry top 1” thick, Maple for all the frame..through dove’s…mortise tenon for ALL…NO metal anywhere (except for the attachment use of screws for the slide drawer runner rails, 4 screws each after setting into a dado & gluing), Drawer-slides are Qtr sawn waxed Cherry. Entire Case including drawers, are solid Maple/Cherry.

What would you charge for this piece…I have many pics of entire build.
?

-- steve/USA


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#1 posted 07-28-2014 02:26 AM

2,800.00 If I had a commission for it. Lucky to get 1,800.00 if your just trying to sell it.
Of course it depends also on your area and customer base.

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#2 posted 07-28-2014 03:00 AM

$4k but that price quote will send most of them
running. The reason is it means foregoing a vacation
for a lot of folks and most folks don’t want to do that.

You got to sell to affluent people. Period. That’s a
marketing issue.

You could get the price down in different ways. Even
affluent people balk easily on quotes for custom work
that is not proprietary (curves, advanced veneering).
Cherry is not cheap for me in California but processing
is the major time thing. A stroke sander is a real time saver.

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 03:06 AM

1200 is what I would charge, but keep in mind I pay $1 a bd foot because I know a ton of loggers.

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#4 posted 07-28-2014 03:44 AM

I appreciate the replies.

$1200 is way low…Wow! Even if I got the Maple and Cherry wood for free, I wouldn’t do it for $1200…Man-o-man, they must be knocking your door down dude.
Really?
No way…I just can’t see that…I dunno…maybe I am greedy?...nah…no way ya can build this for $1200 retail.

-- steve/USA

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#5 posted 07-28-2014 03:47 AM

I got $3800. for it.

-- steve/USA

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#6 posted 07-28-2014 04:00 AM

Good for you bud.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 07-28-2014 04:11 AM

thanks?
I was just curious to see what people are charging for their pieces…
I guess I am “high”...ha
maybe your “low”...I dunno, but, it isn’t easy to create, design, and build…and profit-
it is…expensive to “make” a living(.)

-- steve/USA

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#8 posted 07-28-2014 05:08 AM

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#9 posted 07-28-2014 05:17 AM

I thought you meant you sold it for 3800$

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#10 posted 07-28-2014 05:21 AM

...I understand, ha.
But if one person (few and far between) want’s a “hand-made” heirloom…I’ve won.
I go to these stores, and inspect these carcasses of mass production…I cannot compete…but I can do better…and I do.
~peace

-- steve/USA

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#11 posted 07-28-2014 05:23 AM

it was built/sold for $3800.

-- steve/USA

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#12 posted 07-28-2014 05:31 AM

Congrats! Just reading your entry and looking at the pics the first thought that hit me was that was a $3400-$3600 piece. That was a shoot-from-the-hip estimate.

There are so many variables which the other guys mentioned and they are correct.

Really glad you got that price out of it. Congrats!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#13 posted 07-28-2014 01:51 PM



I got $3800. for it.

- steve

Score! Very nice.

-- paxorion

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#14 posted 07-28-2014 03:15 PM

What does that translate to per hour of work?

What was the total material (lumber, finish, whatever else) cost?

Net profit?

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#15 posted 07-28-2014 04:26 PM

..forgot to mention the table-top fasteners used were metal also…typical Z saw kerf fasteners

-- steve/USA

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