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Posted on Ordering vs making cabinet doors

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#1 posted 12-21-2018 07:00 PM

Yes, I agree, these are some of the downsides to outsourcing in general.

Usually, if a manufacturing error, or damage happens, the replacement can be expedited.
The effect of #1 is shortened quite a bit if you are using a local manufacturer rather than someone out of state since shipping/delivery is in town.

For a mfg in an adjacent state, they often have company trucks come into town once, or twice a week depending on sales volume. Mfg’s further away usually use common carrier freight.

For us, doors usually take 10 business days (two weeks) and we just plan our production around this schedule.

The upside of ordering doors is as DS states.

The disadvantages are:
1) Several weeks lead time.
2) If a mistake is made in ordering, then #1.
3) If a mistake is made in manufacturing then #1.
4) If a door/s are damaged in shipping, then #1.
5) Sometimes the manufacturer can t make the design or size desired.

I see a pattern here.
I always advocated getting shaper knives to match the doors ordered, then if something happened, you could always make that one door quickly enough to get it in the stream along with the others.

Also, one must get confirmation on the design as soon as possible, because of #1.

Just depends on what you need and your situation.

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