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#1 posted 03-06-2011 07:07 AM

Let me preface this with, though I have a lot to learn, since founding my cabinet shop I have learned a lot and love being able to offer good advice. I think you are paying too much for your materials, no doubt. The price you quoted for drawer glides I could get blum tandom soft close undermounts. Look for KV true track 100 lb ball bearing. They are around 5.00 per pair for 22”. I pay 33.00 per sheet of 3/4 UV one side birch. Just a little more then you quoted for 1/2 sheet. I pay 19.00 for 1/2” Baltic 5 X 5. I pay 16.00 for full sheet of 1/4” UV one sided. You need to find a hardwood supplier, stay away from lowest, HD. Those stores are just good for occasional purchases.

Some online suppliers for glides, hardware, etc… Google “hardware resources”. Both of these are great sources.

I use face frame to hide my plywood edges. I minimize stile widths to around 1 1/4” in order to achieve a full overlay look.

Do not build cabinet boxes out of solid wood. There are plenty of good reasons not to do it this way.

Really it is very difficult to make any money building one box, but I do give everyone a bid no matter how large or small the job, the job you speak of I would have bid for 175.00 then I would have explained my pricing schedule and hoped the customer chooses someone else.

By the way, I have over time developed an Excel document that allows me to input LF, then all accessories such as drawers, doors, and a ton of other cabinet related items. As I change quantity, the total updates. Makes bids easier and very accurate.

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