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Old 12-13-2011, 12:39 PM   #16
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Shoot: make your own cabinets and then you don't hav eot fuss with manufacturer's advise, issues, problems, communications - and you save lots of money.



No - I'm serious, don't laugh.

I did that for the basement cabinets....about 15LF with a built in kegerator


I just dont have the time on this project....and i'd rather not spend the winter freezing in my garage/workshop building cabinets.


(plus I'm not satisfied enough with my finishing skills to put my work in a kitchen)
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:39 PM   #17
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If there is a manufacturing defect or a color mismatch or damage in transit or any number of other things that can go wrong these days - how do you get any satisfaction?

Hell, you can't even get the big box stores to address their (daily) problems how are you going to get to anyone from the Internet that no longer wants to deal with you for one reason or another?
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:43 PM   #18
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If there is a manufacturing defect or a color mismatch or damage in transit or any number of other things that can go wrong these days - how do you get any satisfaction?

Hell, you can't even get the big box stores to address their (daily) problems how are you going to get to anyone from the Internet that no longer wants to deal with you for one reason or another?

Agreed. It is a risk. But I'm guessing that the cost of pre-builts would outweigh that risk. I'm GUESSING (read that as pulling #s out of my ass) that a local shop would be in the $7k range for cabinets. I should check around to be sure, but I've always just assumed they were out of the budget for this particular project.

All the rta sites offer great warranties and customer service and all that jazz, but like you mention, who knows if they'll be there tomorrow.
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I did that for the basement cabinets....about 15LF with a built in kegerator


I just dont have the time on this project....and i'd rather not spend the winter freezing in my garage/workshop building cabinets.


(plus I'm not satisfied enough with my finishing skills to put my work in a kitchen)
Time?

Yes: if you'd like to finish some time I suppose you have to take that into consideration
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I'll let you in on a little secret my friend. There are a whole lot of custom cabinet shops out there these days that can no longer compete building cabinets from scratch so they too are buying the completed units from a mass jobber and pretending they were built at their shop. They must compete in most cases and this is how they are doing it these days.

Sh-h-h-h-h! Keep that to yourself.
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we remodeled our kitchen about 6 months ago with RTA cabinets. home depot or lowes wanted 6800.00 for cabinets and for all plywood and solid wood was 8200.00. the rta cabinets were all plywood or solid wood and came to around 3400.00 but at the time they had a 40% off sale so we ended up paying under 2200.00 for 19 cabinets, toes kick panels, refrigerator panel, light rail and scribe. since i put the cabinets together i know they are assembled much better (no hot glue and staples) then the cabinets i used to install at work. the refrigerator panel was damaged when it arrived so i called the guy and had a new one in 3 days and they didnt want the old one sent back.
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we remodeled our kitchen about 6 months ago with RTA cabinets. home depot or lowes wanted 6800.00 for cabinets and for all plywood and solid wood was 8200.00. the rta cabinets were all plywood or solid wood and came to around 3400.00 but at the time they had a 40% off sale so we ended up paying under 2200.00 for 19 cabinets, toes kick panels, refrigerator panel, light rail and scribe. since i put the cabinets together i know they are assembled much better (no hot glue and staples) then the cabinets i used to install at work. the refrigerator panel was damaged when it arrived so i called the guy and had a new one in 3 days and they didnt want the old one sent back.
Not sure if its against forum policy to post, but would you mind PMing me the supplier you used?
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Time?

Yes: if you'd like to finish some time I suppose you have to take that into consideration

Yeah, no kidding.

This is a kitchen addition. The old kitchen is being turned into a full bath, closet, and eating area/hallway.

The boss (my fiance) wanted it done in time to host Christmas Eve dinner. As of today, the rough in for the sanitary plumbing is done. Think I'll make the deadline working one day a week on it
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The boss (my fiance) wanted it done in time to host Christmas Eve dinner.
What year?
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What year?

I already tried that as a loophole.....she was not amused

Personally, I think the saw horses look good in the new kitchen, and having a stove sitting in the middle of the living room is a nice conversation piece.
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I think a Christmas picnic sounds like fun.


I think you have to have 20 posts before you can receive a PM. Get to posting real quick.
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Thanks for the info Bud.
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Well, I called that particular supplier, and didn't exactly get the warm and fuzzies. The guy sounded exactly like "Peggy" from the Discover Card commercials.

The cabinet line I was interested in has been discontinued, they have some in stock, but he recommended not buying them just incase something is damaged in transport or I need any additional pieces.

I asked my original question, and yes, the cabinets were made to look deeper by using 2x4 blocking behind them.

I inquired as to who manufactured the cabinets..."Grand Jan Key" is what I got out of him. Other cabinets are from IKF, an importer so they're all made overseas from unknown manufacturers.
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I think I'll start up a new thread, maybe in the kitchens forums, looking for some thumbs up/thumbs down info on rta cabinets.
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Well, I called that particular supplier, and didn't exactly get the warm and fuzzies. The guy sounded exactly like "Peggy" from the Discover Card commercials.
Funny! LMAO
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