Originally Posted by CyberDruid
That's an amazing looking thing there. With custom projects I cannot give a fixed quote. Too many unseen variables, and mostly too many changes of direction as the project hits road blocks and requires some innovation. Those innovations are what make projects amazing, but they are also expensive in terms of my time. I'd love to look at a sketch and poop out a number...but despite being able to figure out how to do just about anything I do not receive any numbers from the voices in my head.
Judging from the amount of antique hardware, the coopered construction, the destructive aging to create a patina that thing in the pic would take several weeks to build at $1,750 a week and materials would not be an inconsequential amount unless you stumble upon those sort of antique gauges. Finding and purchasing those from collectors would no doubt be expensive.
Totally understand. Brand new shiny pipes would be perfectly acceptable. And the wood wouldn't have be stressed oak or anything. I was looking online and was thinking you could use something like cocobolo?
Get $60 worth of something like this (cut into 3rds or whatever) to make the wood strips:
Looks like the surface of Jupiter....
Anyway, I don't have the money on hand at the moment as I'm in the process of getting a house (FINALLY!!), but I'm looking at things I want to do once I get settled in and know what my expendable income will be. Funny thing is, I'll have more
play money with the house than I ever did renting.
I'll start buying little things for the case, and in a few months, I'll get back to you. This would
be neato on the case...