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orangecounty1
11-08-2008, 09:35 AM
just a simple box for a 15" bl... like 3.1 NET at 32 hz

and carpeted.

just curious what a reasonable price would be. i dont build boxes alot for people, so i dont know how the pricing should be set.

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d177/iamamp3pimp/Designs/fatpat1080/xray.jpg

psych0ticnemes1
11-08-2008, 09:38 AM
I would probably charge $100+shipping. That leaves about $50 for profit.

azimuth
11-08-2008, 09:39 AM
i build mine for 225$ and down. i'd probably ask 175$. subtract material from that, then divide that number, by the hours you put in. the faster you are, the better.:)

orangecounty1
11-08-2008, 09:43 AM
its local, no shipping :)

blindskater1213
11-08-2008, 09:49 AM
man, I was gonna say like 75, I guess i'm too nice

orangecounty1
11-08-2008, 09:51 AM
ill prally only charge like 75-100, since he is a friend.

azimuth
11-08-2008, 09:57 AM
ill prally only charge like 75-100, since he is a friend.

mentioning, that it was for your friend, was an important piece of information. just charge materials. you may get to build 2 boxes, for other people who hear his system.

orangecounty1
11-08-2008, 09:58 AM
this is true.

mlstrass
11-08-2008, 10:47 AM
I would probably charge $100+shipping. That leaves about $50 for profit.

Care to break down your supply prices as I'm curious how it would only cost you $50 including carpet...

01 S 10
11-08-2008, 10:56 AM
fleece from JoAnn fabrics is $7.99 a yard, that would probably cover the whole thing.. $23 for mdf, $8 for glue and screws, $8 or more for fabric of choice. <$40 for my material cost. unless he would want paint, push terminals, etc.

For a friend... $20 over your material cost. no more than $100 total though for a regular person for that box

**** i just got "volunteered" by my future mother-in-law to build a box for 4 12"s for someone at her work :rolleyes:, I will only charge $100 probably, as long as i can do it with 1 sheet of mdf

psych0ticnemes1
11-08-2008, 11:05 AM
Care to break down your supply prices as I'm curious how it would only cost you $50 including carpet...

It depends on what carpet you get. $50 was a rough estimate. $25 for MDF, $5 for glue, caulk, screws and $20 for carpet. 3 hours worth of work, $50/3 = $16.5 an hour.

orangecounty1
11-08-2008, 11:13 AM
i have one of those 20lb buckets of screws, and no lie, it never gets lighter...its like never ending, and it seems that i use alot, which i do, but it still stays the same lol...

azimuth
11-08-2008, 11:23 AM
you can also paint the box. a coat of primer and flat black paint costs 15$. you have to spend a little extra time sanding, but make a little more profit. i also do a coat of satin lacquer, which adds 7-8$. i buy primer in gallons, so actual cost on primer for me is about 1$ per box i build. most people don't buy primer like that though, so it'll cost you 8$ or so. you might need 2 cans.

Rashaddd
11-08-2008, 11:45 AM
Unless its a good friend and not just someone you kinda know and talk to now and then, I'd charge labor

just go based on materials, and then usually roughly double that, gives a decent labor price

also, it depends on where you are, for example a box that takes 2 sheets of MDF may cost you 20 bucks less than it costs me or someone else to build

orangecounty1
11-08-2008, 12:21 PM
i told him 115 carpets and all, and he agreed

James Bang
11-08-2008, 12:25 PM
If your building skills are as good as your sketchup skills, then you should only charge for materials.

orangecounty1
11-08-2008, 12:37 PM
i didnt sketch that up lol

James Bang
11-08-2008, 12:37 PM
build on then.

orangecounty1
11-08-2008, 12:38 PM
what is wrong with the sketchup though?

James Bang
11-08-2008, 12:43 PM
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/mobster909/xray.jpg

that's all. I'm picky.

mlstrass
11-08-2008, 01:23 PM
It depends on what carpet you get. $50 was a rough estimate. $25 for MDF, $5 for glue, caulk, screws and $20 for carpet. 3 hours worth of work, $50/3 = $16.5 an hour.

Not sure where you shop but I pay: $28 a sheet for MDF, $9 for TBII, $5.50 for screws, $4 for caulk, then add in 2+ yds fabric, $8 for spray glue, paint for the port, terminals and wire.

Just don't want your material costs to equal the build cost ;)

kovemaster559
11-08-2008, 01:29 PM
115 is a realy good price id do it for 150

orangecounty1
11-08-2008, 01:53 PM
Not sure where you shop but I pay: $28 a sheet for MDF, $9 for TBII, $5.50 for screws, $4 for caulk, then add in 2+ yds fabric, $8 for spray glue, paint for the port, terminals and wire.

Just don't want your material costs to equal the build cost ;)

22 = mdf
5 = TBII
5 = screws
2 = caulk
if you havent seen my thread about the 30 cans of glue i bought for 27 each at lowes, that covers the glue portion, i think.

:laugh:

psych0ticnemes1
11-08-2008, 01:55 PM
Not sure where you shop but I pay: $28 a sheet for MDF, $9 for TBII, $5.50 for screws, $4 for caulk, then add in 2+ yds fabric, $8 for spray glue, paint for the port, terminals and wire.

Just don't want your material costs to equal the build cost ;)

I understand. I usually buy in bulk and rarely do I use an entire bottle of glue or caulk so to charge for the entire bottle wouldn't be right, you know?

Pop da Hatch
11-08-2008, 02:48 PM
Ive built many boxes for a friend for a case of beer.

99grandprixGT
11-08-2008, 07:49 PM
ya local box builders are the best! themommyvan FTW.

1rockford1
11-08-2008, 07:54 PM
well if its for a close friend thats not bad u gota make some money cuz u are doin the work . will he be helpin in any way with the build?

IDSkoT
11-08-2008, 07:55 PM
Care to break down your supply prices as I'm curious how it would only cost you $50 including carpet...

Well...

$27.50 for a sheet of 3/4" MDF, terminal cups = ~$10 dollars
That leaves $12.50 for carpet...

If he already has adhesive / glue, you might be able to get away with about $40 bucks profit.


I'm a sucker. I charged $50 bucks for a 3.75 cuft Box with an Aeroport. Surprisingly, 4" PVC is expensive.

$27.50 (wood)
$ 6.00 (PVC)
$10.00 (Terminal Cups)
---------
$43.50 ($6.50 isn't really a profit considering that I had to buy silicone and I had to go to my Dad's shop to cut the holes and such. I probably lost money on it.)

MmatsDude
11-08-2008, 07:59 PM
if it was for a friend local i wouldnt charge nothing man just materials :]

Rashaddd
11-08-2008, 09:51 PM
If he already has adhesive / glue

If you are using something you already have, it is the same cost as going and buying as much as you use. You already have the ability to work don't you? So you don't need to charge for labor costs...

Flomaster
12-25-2008, 04:37 PM
*bump*

did you build the box if so how did it turn out and where are the pics?

-=Jason=-

farmerehsan
12-26-2008, 12:16 PM
who u building one for?

orangecounty1
12-27-2008, 08:21 AM
i never built it, lol

iamamp3pimp
12-27-2008, 10:20 AM
fail

orangecounty1
12-27-2008, 10:22 AM
agreed