I'm in the process of pricing out cabinets for a new house. For a number of reasons, I'm probably going to go with a local cabinet shop that does especially good quality work and is very picky about the lumber it uses.
However, as with many small shops that don't have CNC machines, their "standard" drawer boxes are Baltic birch plywood, rabbeted / glued / nailed. To upgrade to dovetailed solid wood (poplar or equivalent sides, with plywood bottoms in a dado), they want an additional $15 / box. As there would be about 160 boxes on this project, I'm looking into whether it might make sense to have the cabinet shop omit drawer boxes entirely from their bid, outsource the drawer boxes to one of the companies that supply CNC'd DT'd boxes, and then just have the local cabinet shop attach the drawer fronts and drawer slide hardware.
What's the approximate cost these places charge for a typical box (e.g., for a 24"W x 4"H x 20"D, in an inexpensive hardwood like poplar, soft maple, cherry, etc.), in quantity?
LKB in Houston