Okay okay, Let me chime in here!
I am a hobbyist woodworker (although I created a business for tax reasons), and take on 4-10 jobs a year depending on how busy my day job is... which is busy.
I value my time like anyone does but I would say I am a believer that my shop time rate can be a little cheap because I really enjoy working in the shop. I always say that when I am working on a commissioned piece I am learning on someone else's dime
My initial thoughts was to design it in Sketchup (I love using sketchup and am very fast at it, and I don't mind wasting a few minutes at night while watching tv) and see how much lumber it takes, what different joinery options that can be done, and decide on a few finishing options. Once I calculate cost of material, I will give it a rough time table and see how long it would take me with the up and coming day job work schedule. I figured 1 full weekend and another week of evenings.
The reason for posting this and asking "how much would you charge?" was to see how each individual goes about the process and develops final quote. I have not had very much experience with only doing 4-10 jobs/year (last two years) with quoting projects.
So going forward with this thread, I would like each interested individual to break down this situation and show, as detailed as you wish, on how you would go about quoting a piece like this.
I do appreciate all the insight on this thread... when my phone dings I can't wait to check it!