(Closed) How much do carpenter charge an hour?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1986 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Have you considered doing it yourself?  It doesn’t seem like you want something overly complicated.

Post # 4
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

That sounds easy enough that you or your Fi could probably do it for much cheaper. You can buy the wood at Home Depot or Lowe’s, and they will cut it for free.

Carpenter rates vary widely from place to place, but that does seem high to me

Post # 5
4824 posts
Honey bee

You can get wood cut to size for cheap at Home Depot. Then varnish yourself.

Carpenter rates vary widely based upon experience  and region. 

Post # 7
1986 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@cutexkitty: Well, I’ve been thinking about repainting some wood which is basically the same process.  It doesn”t seem that hard

A sander is like 30-60 bucks, you can get the wood cut wherever you buy it, and applying the coating really doesn’t require special equipment.

Do you have an inspiration picture?

Post # 8
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Don’t pay $500 for this. It’s such a ripoff. Sanding and varnishing is sooo easy. Look at some YouTubes – you’ll see.

Post # 9
2547 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That sounds like so much money. Honestly.

If you don’t have the tool to cut it, can’t you buy a precut piece of wood, and do the rest yourself?

Sanding, is time consuming, and if you don’t have a power sander that can be such a pain. But you might even be able to buy precut, pre sanded wood.

If buying precut, presanded wood is not an option. Then I wonder if you know any carpenters yourself, like a friend. Usually they have those types of tools, and you could always just ask to borrow them for a case of beer, or a dinner. Or even outsource, at a local woodshop class at a local school, and see if they’ll do it for you guys for free, or for some money or a pizza lunch.

Either way 400 bucks is such a rip off, as my fiance could do that in less than 2 hours, and would never dream of charging that much. Shop around whatever you do.

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