Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Bedford, MA
i have never seen poplar plywood in this area, it is always birch. I also considered using mdf but for the $10 more a sheet i think that the birch is a much better product. Same with the maple. I can get maple 1x2 for the face frames for.94'. I think maple paints much better than poplar.
As for the cabinet doors, I only have 13" for them to tuck in on the sides of the upper cabinets. If i bifold them first then slide them in with Rockler's ez pocket door slides. They might still stick out a little bit, but i think it will be ok.
I am only using an hourly rate to figure my cost of each built in. I am basing it off of $30 per hour rate. For example...face frames,say i have 41 lf to apply. I think it will take an hour so i take the 41' and divide by 41 to get $1.36 per foot to install.i used this method the carcasses, shelved etc. I did it this way so that if the customer wants to add or remove a material or component i can easily adjust the price.