Fellow woodworkers, I recognise some of you from the other place, just signed up here, so would like to say hello! I like the format here, especially since my laptop bit the dust and this works and looks really well on my phone.
So after a short hiatus from woodworking forums, I find myself in a situation where I’ve looked at a job, designed it, prepared a quote, and for the first time ever, the client has said "We really like it but weren’t prepared for the price…`’
Tempting though it might have been to reply…
a) “So you’ve just wasted 6 hours of my time”
b) “Good luck trying to find someone else to do it cheaper”
c) “People like you make me want to give this up”
….I had to weigh up a couple of things: primarily, the fact that business is dead here at the moment, has been since Christmas, I need to turn around a nice job for the sake of my finances, sense of worth and well being. I also want to get a nice photo of this to put on my website.
So I “Sharpened the pencil”.
Went back to the quote and thought of alternative ways to make this job.
Originally had it spec’d as bb ply and poplar face frame construction, painted, soft close undermount drawer runners etc, but after talking to the client again, this job is going to be the ‘economy’ version, I emailed her a revised quote along with a list of cost cutting measures, painted drawer sides and bottoms instead of veneered, bb drawer slides, a simpler mdf construction etc.
The cost was reduced by about $700 and they are happy to go ahead with it.
I went yesterday to collect a deposit and check the measurements and levels in the room. One small change, adding more drawers to the right to be more like a tall boy,
So that’s it for now, a couple of little things to take care of this week, a new floor before a Holy Communion and possibly re hinging or replacing a door, then I will get on to this job before the end of the week.
If anyone is interested, I will blog the construction of this job, not fine woodworking by any means, and even though the budget is tight, I think this will be a nice job once done.
-- Doing the best I can with what I've got