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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:38 pm 
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I’m a bit stuck at how much I should charge for the following so any guidance would be great. I normally work on day rate but this is a private job. A customer wants me to make a balustrade and spindles out of some old boat oars it’s fairly straight forward but don’t know how to price it? See pic below as it’ll look something like that but I’ll have to cut all the oars down as they are too long and I need to reshape the handle bit after I cut them to length if that makes sense


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:11 pm 
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heeelllooo and welcome Lukesk90 :welcome: :welcome: :welcome:
they wont comply with building regs if a sphere 100mm can pass through any gap
putting that to one side your day rate plus materials and allow about 3 days :dunno:
it should only take a day but you want it to look good but be secure that takes time

problems you will face is cutting the ends at the correct angle shaping to fit in the slots on the string cap and handrail and square up the edges for the fillets to sit against
or having to say cut to angle and dowels top and bottom then affix when fitting the handrail

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Just as big-all says, time and materials plus a little insurance!
The point about the 100mm sphere not passing through any gap is particularly important.

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Try and fix them in a way a new owner can easily replace them. They look horrible in my opinion and it will detract value from the property. I am an avid Rightmove watcher and the houses that stick are those that have quirky decor. Everyone wonders how much it will cost to normalise the house and the property sticks.

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I actually like the design although I have to agree with dwd that many won't . Bland is king . Either way it's so much better than a sheet of glass that seems fashionable for some reason.
It's really just a case of treating them like bog standard spindles , cut to the correct angle and held in place with small spacers. In some respects probably less actual cuts than an inch square spindle . As it's a little out of the norm perhaps suggest doing it on a day rate ?


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I actually like the design although I have to agree with dwd that many won't . Bland is king . Either way it's so much better than a sheet of glass that seems fashionable for some reason.
It's really just a case of treating them like bog standard spindles , cut to the correct angle and held in place with small spacers. In some respects probably less actual cuts than an inch square spindle . As it's a little out of the norm perhaps suggest doing it on a day rate ?


i can see it being far far more work than square spindles :lol: :lol:
the blades tend to be curved in two directions at once and are unlikely to be say 30mm across its whole inset length needing padding out within the blade width
the blades need to be as wide or more than the groove to stop "rattle"
the blade needs to be trimmed to fit within the groove but uncut outside the groove with an accurate shoulder to look neat
you need a squared edge each side for the spacers to touch and give support to the edges
thats why i said allow 3 times as long rather than the day it would take for a normal banister set up :lol:

and looking at the original photograph it looks like continuous timber in the grooves with the paddles doweled or screwed to those before assembly

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Yeah you're right , that's why I said "in some respects" , number of paddles being less than regular spindles .


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