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Posted on Ordering vs making cabinet doors

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#1 posted 12-21-2018 02:39 PM

I would go with a local cabinet shop, rather than a mail order place.

A flat panel door is really not difficult to make, its the finishing that makes it worth having them done professionally.
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Just completed a project for all of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts in the house for the kitchen and 3 vanities. Almost 30 doors and 7 drawer fronts. Simple shaker design with painted finish, reusing all existing hardware and fixtures. We have a 3 year plan to move from the house and the existing were rigid-thermofoil that was failing badly. New cabinets.. NO Way!, priced order for doors and drawers around $3k, cost of materials to include paint and a $40 pawn shop router (to give me four so my set-ups could stay set up) near $300. Now, since time is money… the wood working took about 3 days in the shop and the 5 coats of finishing and surface work between all coats took almost two weeks of work from start to installation. The worst part of the job was that it was production and that began to feel like WORK. I’m happy that I saved the cash, and the final product is good, but my wife told me to just quit fussing with it all because whoever we sell to will most likely just rip them all out any way…..

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