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Posted on Old Topic Revisited (Pricing Cabinets)

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 02:41 PM

Thanks to every one for the fantastic responce to my question. I can honestly say that I had lost focus and forgotten why I chose to built cabinets in the first place. Behind the words I can hear your hearts and am glad to see that there are many of you who feel the same as I do about the kind of work we do. If it were only about the money, I would go and purchase production machinery from one of those on line auctions. But I do what I do because I love designing and building what I design. I chose to do something I love because it gives me a high level of sense of accomplishment. I strive to be the best at what I do. I do not allow my sons to use phrases such as “good enough, or “it will do” in regards to the jobs we have in the shop. I’d forgotten that it isn’t just the product we are selling. It’s the fact that no one in a large factory can give to the client, the attention, time, concern and value that a custom cabinet shop can period. I don’t have to compete with box stores because they don’t offer what we do nor can they. It really isn’t apples to apples as mentioned above. I shouldn’t be ashamed for what I ask for our cabinets, because they are worth every penny. There is a business side to what we do. We have to be smart and profitable. But if I loose sight of the things that originally caused me to become a cabinet maker in the first place, it will just become a job and I might as well take a position in a factory and not deal with the stress.

So to Keith, Lee, Huff, Jim, Dan, Nelsons woodworking, the Scotsman, and everyone else, thank you for the encouragement and helping me regain some things I had lost sight of. Your wisdom and insights are of great value to me and is one of the reasons I joined this sight.

-- James, Michigan

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