Kitchen Door front bid


Hi All, I have to submit a bid for a client to make new doors for her kitchen cabinets and am having a hard time knowing where to start. Usually I add up the time and materials that I think the project will take and base the bid on that. I heard somewhere that most cabinet fronts are bid by the square foot which threw me off some, it doesn't help that this will be a new avenue for me so guessing the time is somewhat hard.
Each door is a different size, which makes it somewhat more complex. The uppers are going to have inset ribbed glass, with solid lowers, all painted white. I am planning to use poplar with a very (repeat very) simple shaper profile for the stick and rails.
Ok, as always any help would be greatly appreciated
Andrew
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No experience with this, but I'd start by calling around and asking how much replacement doors would cost for your own kitchen. At the very least, you'll gain some comparative knowledge.
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I would look at two things, the first (to me) being the most important. That would be time and materials. If you don't have the machinery that a cab shop would have to knock them out, you will take more time to make them. If you don't buy a thousand board feet of cabinet material from your supplier you won't get the same price he does. So I would come up with my own estimate based on my best figures.
For comparison, I would call a couple of places like Upscale said and see how much they would charge. If they are significantly cheaper then I can make them, I would have them make the doors to my specs.
I quit making my doors as I couldn't compete with an aggressive cab shop. When I need new fronts for cabs here unless they are something silly easy like half laps, I just go have them made.
If this is a job that is one thing, but if you are looking to work with your own tools on this project and do it all yourself, make you estimate up and forget what competitors charge. Someone will always be cheaper.
Robert
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"Tattooed and Dusty" wrote in message

Are you doing this for profit, and how many doors?
I've tried every way to beat the door shops at this game; from doing it all myself; to having them mill the parts with me doing the cutting and assembly; to them milling, cutting and me assembling; to me just helping; to finally accepting that most are set up to build a more consistent set of doors, with more styles to choose from, at a cheaper price, and a damn sight faster.
Personally, I would bid the job as GC, sub-contracting the doors and drawer fronts out, and doing the finishing and installation. If you are doing this for profit, you stand a chance of actually making money by doing so.
Although I would definitely find a local shop that specializes in doors, there are a plethora of door companies selling their wares at competitive prices on the Internet. However you decide to proceed, browsing the latter would be a good start in working up your bid.
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Tattooed and Dusty wrote:

Here just one price sheet you can find online but remeber these are going to be cheap doors with no attention to detail. Your doors will be better and should cost a lot more.
http://www.reface.com/catalog/300pricesPG1.pdf
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