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Old 04-06-2013, 12:33 PM   #31
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Absolutely. As long as you are not asking with no intention of considering a real cabinetmaker they know they have to be competitive. They will quote you fairly and willingly I should think.

For example I recently did an assignment for we go look, a service that puts people in place to look over things in places you cannot get to---cars, equipment, potential ebay items, and in this case extremely highend kitchen cabinetry with a showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart. A couple in Australia, wherever that is and why, needed someone to check out a cabinetmaker that really views its work as kitchen or bath furniture and does beyond drop dead gorgeous work. I suspect, but do not know, they were way above what the couple wanted to spend but the people spent loads of time with me even though they knew I was not in any position to influence the purchase. They even followed up on my visit in a completely non-agressive way.

It was the first time I was in the Merchandise Mart without an architect or interior designer with me and if my own project one or both would have been. You used to have to have credentials to get into such places but most have dropped that barrier to entry. If you have one near like the Merchandise Mart, Ice House on the West Coast or the design centers on the East Coast, it is worth a day exploring.


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Old 04-07-2013, 09:52 AM   #32
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At least ask, don't just automatically assume.
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Absolutely. As long as you are not asking with no intention of considering a real cabinetmaker they know they have to be competitive. They will quote you fairly and willingly I should think.
yeah, i know. but just as a matter of common sense, they should be asking more = they are doing more work, and probably a better product. so they should ask more.

the thing is, this house/neighborhood doesn't warrant the higher price/quality. i will get only so much of a return on my investment, no matter how much i spend on it.
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see, i don't want to be bothering the local guys. only to get a quote of %100 more than rta.
The local cabinet maker I found was not only good, but less expensive than online or big box vendor.

My kitchen was $7700 in KraftMaid (maple) and $6000 from the cabinet maker (cherry). Better, the carcasses were all 3/4 ply that you could drive a truck over. He also helped me learn to make my own cabinets.

I'm not saying that's typical, but I saved thousands and got a better product.

From what I've seen in RTA products, they cost more than his and aren't as well made. And they cost a lot more than I could make myself. I don't even have a table saw - I just email a cut list to an local lumber yard and they deliver cabinet-grade hardwood plywood to my front door, mill-cut to my specifications.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:43 PM   #34
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i think if you havent already bought some, it would be a lot easier and a lot less headache and a HELL of a lot cheaper to build them yourself. You can find plans online, just do a quick google search. Have the plywood cut at the store you buy it from, or use a table saw at home, and buy quality materials, and no matter what joinery you use, itll hold up a lot better than most of those mass produced warehouse cabinets. The cheapest i found cabinets premade, was $1500 for the whole kitchen's worth. I built my own and only cost $265 plus paint. I made mine out of solid oak plywood, whitewood face frames, and joined them with glue and pocket screws. You can see the unpainted cabinets on my thread in my signature if you are interested. I got my plans from ana-white.com
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:15 AM   #35
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What Trailer said.

Making cabinets is pretty easy with pocket screws. I turned a $100 of cherry (cabinet-grade 3/4 sheet plus some dimensional stock) into this:



Finishing takes longer than making, anyhow.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:13 PM   #36
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Finishing takes longer than making, anyhow.
You got that right. I can build all sorts of stuff, but the finish/stain has always been a challenge. Thus there's something to be said for the controlled environment of a production facility for quality finishes.
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IKEA makes RTA cabinets.

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