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Need Help Pricing a Bookshelf

Please let me know if I have posted this in the wrong forum.

I got my first client (outside of my friends and family) to build a bookshelf with a couple of doors on the bottom. the entire project is 6ft x 6ft and 16in depth. Materials will be mix of maple and maple veneer ply. And stained to color match an existing desk. Pretty simple - design attached. I just have no idea how to price something like this. I build for fun, but am starting to get recommended to build for friends of friends. Any idea how I would price this? Materials are between $ 500-600.

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What the heck are they reading to make the materials worth that much?
Well..start with material cost and go from there, but the thing with fine furniture it's tough to sell.
I get a lot of customers who can probably afford high quality materials, but for whatever reason they insist on cheap so if they insist on cheap materials they're not getting my best work. I'm not wasting my time to build the best widget with garbage materials. You want the best widget you pay for the best materials.
Your name goes on it, why bother with your best efforts with cheap materials?
Since you started with premium materials charge premium prices and if they can't afford it keep it for yourself..
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It would be cheaper to have a cabinet shop build it.

Book shelves are built by the running foot.

If your materials are high the footage price is too high...

I assume you are finishing it for free?
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We don't know where Frank is. Could he be in London, UK? Are maple and maple plywood prices high there?
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What the heck are they reading to make the materials worth that much?
Well..start with material cost and go from there, but the thing with fine furniture it's tough to sell.
I get a lot of customers who can probably afford high quality materials, but for whatever reason they insist on cheap so if they insist on cheap materials they're not getting my best work. I'm not wasting my time to build the best widget with garbage materials. You want the best widget you pay for the best materials.
Your name goes on it, why bother with your best efforts with cheap materials?
Since you started with premium materials charge premium prices and if they can't afford it keep it for yourself..

Yes, materials cost seems excessive.


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I live in Houston TX. $560 is what I calculated from a hardwood store. I would be finishing it as well. I am thinking of charging $2100. The client knows they are paying more for something hand-built. Is $2100 too high?
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Cabinets like this are usually sold by the foot including materials.

Looks to me like you only have 4 sheets of plywood 3/4 in the cabinet plus a 1/4 back=2 sheets. Some hardwood.

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Your going to try and make $350 a running foot. For that you better make something very impressive...

How long will take you?

That's what commercial cabinets go for a running ft. A upper, base and top....

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I live in Houston TX. $560 is what I calculated from a hardwood store. I would be finishing it as well. I am thinking of charging $2100. The client knows they are paying more for something hand-built. Is $2100 too



high?

$2,100 To me would be at least double or more what I would expect.



You need to go into some furniture/office supply stores and see prices on similar sized items. "Hand built" does not add that much to the price unless it is something really extraordinary.


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Here I KC a standard book case. Removable shelves, 12" deep went for $125 a running foot. Your at 16" . So maybe $175 a running foot.
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Here I KC a standard book case. Removable shelves, 12" deep went for $125 a running foot. Your at 16" . So maybe $175 a running foot.

What is a running foot on a book case? Side, top bottom, both or what?


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His bookcase is 6' long.
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