In this video, I walk through the completed contractor trailer before its maiden voyage. Of course, storage and organization solutions like this are rarely completed. They are all continuous work in progress. Stuff will change as problems arise. However, I think we got a really good foundation for Ben and his crew to work with.
Many people have asked what the cost of this build is so lets dive in and figure it out. A couple of things to note. First, the only definitive cost number I have is for the sheet goods. Everything else is an estimation.
- $1020.22 including tax for sheet goods. I didn’t purchase them so I can’t verify the receipt. I texted Ben and this was his response. 8 – 3/4″ 15 – 1/2″ 4 – 1/4″ All ac and luan. The job called for 25 sheets but he got two extra sheets of 1/4″.
- $40 for glue and brad nails. This is an estimated shop fee. We used almost an entire gallon of glue and a bajillion brad nails.
- $650 for the design fee. I have 5 hours invested with Ben coming up with a 100% custom wireframe design and another 8-10 hours converting that wireframe into a completed 3d representation of the job and creating the CAM setup. So 13-15 hours of design work at $50 per hour.
- $1000 for my labor and shop fee. We had 10 hours of total shop time. I actually didn’t charge Ben anything for this build. He’s a friend of mine so I helped him out with my labor cost. In return, I got content for my business and got to use him as a large project guinea pig. This was the largest and most complex CNC job I’ve ever done so I wanted the flexibility of not being under the gun if I majorly screwed something up. The information and experience I gained tackling this design and build is far more valuable to me than $1000 of labor revenue. Ben got the home town discount on this one. I could have double dipped and charged him a fee but he’s a contractor and I may need a helping hand in the near future with some contractor work ;) If Ben hired me to build another one of these for someone else I’d charge $100 per hour of shop time with me running the CNC and helping wherever else I can. But before you ask, no, I’m not interested in making another one of these at this time. Buy the files and have someone local cut it for you.
- $1100 for the 10 hours of Ben’s business. This includes 5-1/2 hours of day one with Ben and his wife and the 4-1/2 hours of day two with Ben, his wife, and one team member.
So in conclusion:
- $1060.22 for just materials if all labor is donated. This was
- $3810.22 for materials, design, cutting, assembling, and installing.
What Would You Charge??
I’m not in the business of making stuff to sell so all of this is just my educated guess. If you have a 4×8 CNC and would tackle a job like this, what would you charge? Leave a comment so anyone reading this, including myself, can learn more and get a better understanding of large scale CNC jobs like this.