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#1 posted 07-25-2012 10:57 AM

Wives want to see real numbers. I’m remodeling my kitchen. Needed a new table saw to do it so I said, “Here’s how much the saw costs. Here’s how much the wood costs. You go see how much to buy cabinets.”

In this case, the difference was staggering. Be sure to add up everything needed. In my kitchen cabinet example, I had to add in the cost of hardware because you’d obviously be getting hinges, drawer slides and handles if you bought cabinets.

Preparing lumber takes TIME so consider that as well. And on rough cut lumber there can be significant waste, depending on the project.

I also bought a planer. It has already paid for itself as I was able to plane some walnut for counter tops. My whole island counter top, 8 feet by about 3 and a half feet, is costing me about $400.

Lots of considerations. Be realistic. There’s a ton of money to be saved if you have the time to do all the prep yourself.

Oh….. and from a contractor who installs kitchens…”To get this quality in custom cabinets….. you saved yourself close to $15,000 on these…” So the tool expense was well worth it.

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