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post #1 of 11 Old 06-24-2019, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Cost per door??

I have experience in building cabinets, bookcase, kitchens, etc.... however, I’ve come across a job that all they are wanting is a face lift...new doors, drawers, and fronts. How should I price that? The doors don’t get bigger than 16”x32”

They want cheap shaker doors with MDF fronts
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-24-2019, 09:47 PM
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It wouldn't be possible to help you come up with a price. Prices vary a lot from shop to shop and from the area of the country. What I might charge in the Dallas area could easily be more than double in the east or west coast. About all you can do is estimate how much materials it would take and the cost of those materials in your area. Then estimate how many hours work it would take with the equipment you have. You already know how much per hour you try to charge so figure the time and add some. It always takes longer than you think.
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There are companies that make door and drawer front and thats all they specialize in. In most cases they can make it cheaper than you can if you are obviously going to give yourself an hourly rate. Locate these companies near you and and just farm the job out.
But if you must do it yourself, just figure out cost of materials and add in your hourly rate multipled by the number of hours it will take.
Dont forget to add in time for sketches, phone calls , pick-ups and deliveries and all associated costs of job including your book keeping time.

Since you appear to be a beginner, keep in mind to not short yourself on the price. Sometimes the lure of a job can get the better of you.
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I was thinking the same. Maybe hire a company to make the doors and just do the install. I’ll have to check that out.
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Yes, here in UK replacement door stores are everywhere. We have one in our town.

https://www.dreamdoors.co.uk/?gclid=...waAkWJEALw_wcB



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The only problem with buying doors is what if you make a mistake and order a door too big or small. Then the job is held up until the door company can make you another one. If you were equipped to make doors then you could make a replacement door that evening and have it on the job site the next morning.
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Here in UK we mainly use the 60cm standard and also 50cm as necessary to fit. The stores generally stock in three sizes.
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what part of the world do you live in ?
I am familiar with "Boricua" here in Central Florida.

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I dont know why woodworkers on this site are so secretive about where they live. Even a town and state would be nice. It would also be helpful to the person posting so if there is a nearby service he dont know about, someone on here can point them in the right direction.
John Smith's post above is a testament to it.
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I live in Tx. Born in Puerto Rico.
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I know of a place in Texas that makes doors and drawer fronts if they are still in business.
Hope that helps.

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