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Old 07-16-2012, 08:49 PM   #1
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I was challenged by my wife to build something fast, cheap, and good. I told her it could be done. She didn't think so. Did I do it?

The task was to build a better bookcase than pottery barn for half the cost. And it had to be done in 7 days on top of everything else.

I'd have to say though...if I duplicated this for a paying customer....mine would be a lot more than the $400 tag at pottery barn.

I never did install the shudders though...I should probably do that before I lose them....
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:51 PM   #2
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The above was me...this is them...
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I'm with you rdr.
Good job
What your wife thinks now?...Did you get a kiss or something?
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Looks good but how much did you invest in it?
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Looks good but how much did you invest in it?
75 in mdf
55 in paint
3 in caulk
Everything else was scrap. The trim for the casings probably would have ran 10 or so.

It sucks because I can't use the oil on anything else. Especially the left over pink. I use lacquer or latex depending on what I'm painting. Never oil. It takes too long to dry.
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I'm with you rdr.
Good job
What your wife thinks now?...Did you get a kiss or something?
She loves it. She was mostly concerned I wouldn't finish it by our daughters first birthday. I wonder why? . It was sprayed white by then so close enough. She's one...she won't remember anyway. Lol

And yes, she was very appreciative. Lol
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You changed the base and it lost some of the bookcase look but you did a nice job. Ha ha also looks like you went right handed when the origional is left. Bet she'll love it.
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I have reproduced A lot of pottery barn furniture. When I saw the price of the furniture and the lack of detail i decided to make a few pieces. I think between my wife's friends and her moms club I could make a full time business out of it!
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I have reproduced A lot of pottery barn furniture. When I saw the price of the furniture and the lack of detail i decided to make a few pieces. I think between my wife's friends and her moms club I could make a full time business out of it!
Lol. I like making furniture. The problem is that no one wants to pay what custom costs. I had someone show me a picture of a vanity they liked. I needed work so I gave a very good price to build it. Turns out I was about $600 less than the store bought unit.

The customer still got sticker shock...
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A lot of times people want financing. That is where furniture stores are superior. I don't think you can make decent money hourly making furniture.
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You win!

I like the details you added at the base and the shutters....how did you do that?
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A lot of times people want financing. That is where furniture stores are superior. I don't think you can make decent money hourly making furniture.
Only those with deep pockets want custom furniture. Even custom built-in units are not cheap. Anything custom means money. The only reason is because this piece isn't mass produced. I'm only building one and taking all the same steps whether I'm building a matching end table or an entire set of bedroom furniture.

I could build two or three of something with very little additional time...
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You win!

I like the details you added at the base and the shutters....how did you do that?
The base was built to represent stairs to enter the home. Really just thought it looked cool and gave some relieve to the overhang on the roof.

The siding was done almost exactly how you would install it on a house. It was a bad idea really. My gun kept blowing through the siding and not grabbing. I turned down the pressure and it helped a little. I'm not exactly sure how long they will stay up. But anything can be fixed so I'm not too worried....
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Wow... it looks absolutely awesome!!!

I miss that age. My girls are now 19 going on 12 and 15 going on 30. Plus, the Mrs is hitting her mid 50's, so you can imagine what the homestead is like for me. No cute girlie stuff around the place for me anymore. As for everything else, I'll just leave THAT one alone.

GREAT job rdr!!!
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Lol. I like making furniture. The problem is that no one wants to pay what custom costs. I had someone show me a picture of a vanity they liked. I needed work so I gave a very good price to build it. Turns out I was about $600 less than the store bought unit. The customer still got sticker shock...


I also love building furniture and cabinets . I have even cut some people a killer deal just so I could do it . My problem is the cost of the wood . I'm pretty quick at building bookcases ,small entertainment stands , little tables and vanities .

It seems my material costs is about what the box stores charge for a particle board , laminated piece of junk . I get a good discount from my lumber yard on trim and dimensional lumber but when it comes to furniture grade wood they have a very limited selection and the discount is less .
I need to find a lumber yard that specializes in the kinds of material i need and set up an account . I'll have to buy some bulk as there is not one close to me .

Anyway real nice job ny the OP . Making something for your child is the best . Also makes the wife happy. I definetly say you beat the pottery barn esp since you did it for less than half the price .
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Yes. That's very true. I was going to build my son's bunk beads last year. My material estimate was about 70% of the cost to buy one from the store. If I would have built it myself, the sharpie on the rails would have been much more upsetting. Lol

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