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Project by Dean_Morrell posted 03-17-2011 04:04 AM 1237 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made 4 of these for a client. Since they need to be painted, I chose poplar – it was cheaper than select pine. This was my first serious attempt at making raised panel doors. My client loved them and said I charged too little.

-- Worry does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrow, it empties today of it's strength.





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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 04:08 AM

Don’t know what you charged but, it really looks professionally done. Very nice job.
Your customer could tip you! What’s that sign in some diners….”Tipping is not a city in China”.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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jack1

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 04:38 AM

looks good

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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cabmaker

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 04:40 AM

First attempt ? Looks good. Shaper or router?

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Dean_Morrell

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#4 posted 03-17-2011 03:48 PM

I charged $35/door. This client is also a good friend.

I made these on my shop built router table and cleaned up the fuzzies with a small sharp utility knife.

Thank you for your kind words.

-- Worry does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrow, it empties today of it's strength.

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Myjhong

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#5 posted 02-11-2013 03:26 AM

What router bit set did you use?

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Dean_Morrell

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 04:06 PM

It’s an old CMT kit. One bit for coping, one for sticking, one for panel raising. I find that panel raising bit works nicely for other things too, when using only a portion of the profile.

-- Worry does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrow, it empties today of it's strength.

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Earlextech

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#7 posted 02-11-2013 04:11 PM

It’s always hard to charge friends because you and I know what they actually cost. You should be getting about $35 per square foot for raw poplar doors and always round up your measurments.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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cabmaker

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 05:48 PM

Lets see Sam, 35.oo sq ft ? Average size being two and one half ft. That would put the average door at 87.50 ?
Dont think so my friend and that is poplar ! Wow JB

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 02-11-2013 06:01 PM

Poplar mills up pretty nice. It is always nice to take a break from white oak once in a while.
My only limitation—- it is hard to find it wider than 6”, but that is not much of an issue for cabinets.

Nice job.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Earlextech

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#10 posted 02-11-2013 07:01 PM

Cabmaker, I’ve enjoyed actually earning a living from custom cabinet making for almost 30 years in South Fla. If I hand built custom doors thats what I would charge. If you buy them from a door factory the cost does come down quite a bit. In this case we’re talking about 4 doors, material, time, overhead and profit. I’ve said this many times, pricing has no reality when it comes to custom work. You get what your reputation allows and what you convince your customer it is worth. Of course then you have to deliver quality and on time. I find too many custom builders undercut themselves and then try to cut costs so they can make a profit. I never cut costs. I deliver quality and on time.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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Dean_Morrell

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#11 posted 02-11-2013 10:31 PM

I recouped my material costs and got paid for my time. Not to mention the bit set, though used, was a gift from my client some months earlier. This was a project to help a friend, not a money making venture. I would trade all my tools for a friend as good as he.

-- Worry does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrow, it empties today of it's strength.

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