Prepared by: Nick Mathis Workshop, LLC
For: Characters Unlimited, Inc.
Date: March 15, 2019
Characters Unlimited, Inc. requested this proposal for the design and fabrication of a “Zoltar Speaks Hybrid” cabinet intended to imply the details and charm of the original prop while simplifying construction to reduce cost.
Nick Mathis Workshop designed the following cabinet and estimates that simplifying the cabinet design (fabrication and finishing) combined with a minimum order for 25 units reduces the price to $2800 per cabinet ($800 in materials + $2000 in labor for 20 hours of labor at $100/hour). Time and material costs can be re-examined for additional cost savings after the demo cabinet is finished.
The estimated time to complete the minimum volume order is 3 months, which includes set up time (trim masters, molds, jigs, tools, etc.) and material sourcing prior to commencing fabrication. This volume reduces time and costs by maximizing fabrication efficiency and ordering materials in bulk. Once the process reaches the end of the primer painting stage, small batches can be finished to deliver completed cabinets faster, if requested.
• $2800 per cabinet total
• 20 hrs average per cabinet average (estimated)
• $100/hr labor
• $800 materials (estimated)
• Minimum order volume of 25
• 3 month lead time
The proposed Zoltar Speaks Hybrid cabinet is envisioned as the following:
Dimensions: 90” tall x 28” deep x 30” wide
Constructed primarily of 3/4” plywood
Four sides (4)
One (1) door with hinges on the left side (facing the cabinet)
Two (2) cam style locks (keyed alike) on the door
Cast resin trim
1/8" tempered glass windows exterior
Acrylic interior windows
Vinyl signage (x6)
Cabinet holes cut for electronics installation by Characters Unlimited
No figure, lights, or other electronics are included in this cabinet fabrication
Flat pack construction optionally available at no additional cost for shop time or hardware as an effort to reduce crating and shipping cost for the client
Painting steps simplified: steps reduced from 10 to 5 (red primer > crackle medium > blue acrylic > stenciled details and trim colors > final protective coat; crackle effect removed from trim: multiple colors removed from trim (only one color per trim feature).
Cabinet construction simplified to minimize overall number of operations per cabinet: decorative routing omitted; assembled using half lap joinery for simplicity, maximum rigidity, and material waste minimization; design changed made to favor straight cuts.
Features simplified: all decorative hinges removed; all trim scaled to be thinner; all unnecessary features removed (e.g., figure, ramp, coin drop, button, etc.).
Fabricated in a volume of 25 to maximize shop time efficiency and reduce material costs.