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    What would you charge?

    I spoke to a friend and she asked me if I could build this Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	89375 and of course how much. She said she has the windows, and if you notice it has chicken wire in the sides. She said she also has that. She is an art teacher and I told her if she did the finishing it would save a few bucks, and she said that wouldn't be a problem. The only thing I would do is the woodworking. It looks really simple to make, just a frame and three shelves. I'd use poplar for the wood parts since she will be painting it.

    I'm horrible about pricing things, and was just wondering what would you charge?
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    depending on how close a friend, if its mortise and tenon structure, Id charge cost of wood, plus 300 dollars.
    If its pocket screw construction, Id charge 250 plus cost of wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Daugherty View Post
    ...It looks really simple to make, just a frame and three shelves. I'd use poplar for the wood parts since she will be painting it.

    I'm horrible about pricing things, and was just wondering what would you charge?
    What about the beadboard back, and the hardware?

    Cutting and assembly will likely take about 3~4 hours for proper mortise and tenon joinery, so what's that much of your time worth? At $50.00 per hour, and about $50 worth of wood, and another $25 for hardware, Allen's $300.00 seem pretty good.

    Make sure you see the windows and wire before you ever start the job. Her idea of 'good' might differ from yours. Also, the windows need to be the same width, else there'll be additional fiddling (and time) involved.
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    Thanks guys. I'll for sure check out the windows etc. before I agree.

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    Id give her the bead board back first and let her paint it before installing it, since she is going to finish it.
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    probably the fastest way to lose friends is to overprice them on something they ask you for.
    I think its worth more than 350, but he mentioned it was a friend.
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    5 times material costs usually works out fairly well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    5 times material costs usually works out fairly well.
    I have read many experts pontificate about how terrible it is to price things as a multiple of material cost. So on countless occasions I have gone through a painful design and pricing process. And after I am done, I usually find that the result is 5 times the material cost, no charge for shop supplies like glue and sandpaper.

    Stu is right on!
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    Id usually figure hrs. 3-4 all preped and assembled.
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