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#1 posted 12-05-2013 04:50 PM

Learning how to bid jobs is one of the trickiest things
in professional woodworking.

In the end for casework I don’t think there’s any substitute for
acquiring the specialized machinery that assists in getting more
boxes made faster. A one-off built in is not a very big
job in the bigger scheme of things, but in bidding on
longer runs of cabinets the client liking us or being charmed
by the other work we’ve done lessens in value because
they will often be getting several bids. While they will
look at price and a small minority of clients will go with
the highest bid (and slickest presentation), they are not
that common. On the other hand, many clients rightly
are not sure about hiring a lowball bidder. Stories of
take-the-money-and-run cabinet guys are common
and of course some cheaper vendors are barely competent
and wiser clients understand this.

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