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Old 02-04-2017, 01:51 PM   #1
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I had a cabinet shop get me a quote for for kitchen cabinet... $450

1) carcass & face frame only (no doors or drawers)
2) shop grade plywood (I will sand & paint)
3) no countertop (I will buy & install)

Does this sound kinda high? Inline or out of line?
I'd still have to get my buddy to build doors & drawers... There's another couple $ hundred, plus another $ hundred or so countertop.

Almost $1000 for a 7' kitchen cabinet seems kinda high to me, but I don't build or buy cabinets!

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I can kind of help. My boss owns a cabinet distribution business and I just ordered some cabinets from one of his competitors to fill an inventory void. Their contractor pricing is 10% less than this. My boss considers this expensive, but he buys cabinets by the container.

For your reference, a two drawer 33" wide 24" deep, 34.5" tall two drawer cabinet (no top) is $372.90 "retail". OR a "sink base" cabinet is $283.14

12" vanity base (between the dishwasher and sink maybe?) is $158.40

And uhh, I don't know what you would call the left two cabinets, but 22" wide cabinets cost around $196.68 for a "21" wide full height base cabinet" or $232.98 for a "21" base cabinet"

So all of these cabinets with no counter tops, with drawers would cost around $850+Tax. Based off this pricing. I can send you the order sheet via email if you'd like.
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I can kind of help. My boss owns a cabinet distribution business and I just ordered some cabinets from one of his competitors to fill an inventory void. Their contractor pricing is 10% less than this. My boss considers this expensive, but he buys cabinets by the container.

For your reference, a two drawer 33" wide 24" deep, 34.5" tall two drawer cabinet (no top) is $372.90 "retail". OR a "sink base" cabinet is $283.14

12" vanity base (between the dishwasher and sink maybe?) is $158.40

And uhh, I don't know what you would call the left two cabinets, but 22" wide cabinets cost around $196.68 for a "21" wide full height base cabinet" or $232.98 for a "21" base cabinet"

So all of these cabinets with no counter tops, with drawers would cost around $850+Tax. Based off this pricing. I can send you the order sheet via email if you'd like.
Ah, I can see it now.... You're talking about several base units joined together.

I was thinking one solid unit (because it's under 8' plywood length) and having partitions that separate the 2 sink doors, the 4 middle drawers, the dishwasher drawer, and the stove drawer. Then mounting the drawer slides to left & right of partitions.
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I'm thinkin' Ikea or, since I can screw things(up), one of those "you assemble" cabinet companies. I think they can build to spec.
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I need to hire this guy, before he loses his fingers on that table saw!
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You could cut that whole face frame out of a sheet of hardwood plywood for $40 or so. Add another sheet or two of B/C plywood for the sides, dividers and bottom (no back) and you've got your base cabinet (minus the drawers and doors) for about $100. Cut your openings with a circular saw. Build a toe kick base out of 2x4 and face it with finished plywood.

If your buddy can make drawers and doors he can probably cut the face frame and build the cabinet too.
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You could cut that whole face frame out of a sheet of hardwood plywood for $40 or so. Add another sheet or two of B/C plywood for the sides, dividers and bottom (no back) and you've got your base cabinet (minus the drawers and doors) for about $100. Cut your openings with a circular saw. Build a toe kick base out of 2x4 and face it with finished plywood.

If your buddy can make drawers and doors he can probably cut the face frame and build the cabinet too.
He "specializes" in doors...
He sucks at cabinets!
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I'm not beyond building them myself.... But, most all my tools are in storage and I'm in a state park till March 1st


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Old 02-04-2017, 10:37 PM   #9
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I need this kid.... Takes me longer to add staples!
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I need this kid.... Takes me longer to add staples!
And that is exactly how they hold together as well. That face frame will eventually start coming apart. That's in a house. You can only imagine being in a bus what kind of punishment they will get. Cabinets are really not difficult even for a total novice. The problem for most folks are the tools needed to do a great job. I once built a set of kitchen cabinets with nothing but a circular saw and router. The key is to have a good arsenal of jigs to set up. I'm getting ready to retire and am thinking about setting up someplace where a skoolie can drive in, park and hook up, while I build their cabinets for a reasonable cost. Cabinetry is the reason why kitchens are so damned expensive. Check out my cabinets that I am doing in BLUTO.
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