A Barrel of Kong - A bar-height themed Cocktail CabConcept ArtFinished CabBarrel Top Art"The Cab"
I figured I'd do a little side project along with the other two more involved builds that I have going on. This one is an exercise in profitability and the question "Can you really make any money doing this?"
Every time friends or family see my builds they always say the same thing "Oh you should make these and sell them", to which my answer is always the same "It's just not worth the man hours for what I could charge". With that being said there are people quite successfully making bar tops and selling them on a regular basis, and, I assume, turning a profit of some kind.
So, I thought I'd have a go at a 'Build-to-sell' project, trying to maximize the value of the finished product while keeping a very tight record of all of my costs and time to see how practical it is to build for profit. The goal is to build something fun and desirable to a decent standard, while keeping costs and man-hours to a minimum.
To clarify, this is to see if someone who builds on a regular basis can knock out a small profitable project in the interest of raising some extra bucks for their hobby.Target Sale Price: $1,500
For legal reasons, I will be building a cabinet that is completely ready to play vertical games and has an industry standard Jamma interface to receive any game board that is compatible with that plug and controls layout. Costs so far
Used Oak Wine Barrel - $87.00
17" 4:3 Monitor - $25.00 (Craigslist)
Craftymech SLG Scanline generator - $23
Power Strip - $6
Amplifier - $19
Power Socket - $5
4x PCB Feet - $2
Power Supply - $18
2x long shaft zippy sticks - $16
Jamma Wiring Harness - $10
4x Regular Buttons& Switch - $4
3x Player Start Buttons - $3
Speakers - $15
1/2" Bevelled Glass - $84.00
Laminated Control Panel art - $38
Bezel Artwork - $22
Paint - $6
Stain - $13
Shipping to date - $19.00Total Build Cost - $415Hours Spent Total - Approx 20 hours
Sourcing/Ordering Parts - 2 Hours
Vector Artwork Barrel Top - 1 Hour
Wood cut templates - 1.5 hours
Build in general - 15 hours