View Poll Results: Would you buy pre-milled drawer stock?

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Thread: Pre-milled drawer stock

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    Pre-milled drawer stock

    I came across the some pre-milled drawer strips, components, and kits on the woodcraft site. They seem to be over priced to me considering how much you could get out of a piece of plywood. I'm sure there are other suppliers out there, but most I've seen so far seem priced just as high.

    Also seems there could be a marked for someone to sell just drawer slides and components pre-cut and even pre-dovetailed at a more competitive price.

    If the prices were more competitive to what you could do them yourself for using good plywood or even hardwoods, would you buy them pre-milled?
    Darren

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    Since my major hang-up in woodworking is drawers, I would purchase if price is low enough. However, I do not see how anyone could make them and ship them and have a price that is low enough to cause me to buy them instead of make them. Note: I am considering shipping and handling as part of the price.

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    Lessee... They're half inch Baltic Birch ply, with a quarter inch dado, full length. Allowing for saw kerf, I could get 14 of them out of each sheet of BB ply, so they're getting about $140.00 for a sheet of ply with grooves cut in it. Nah! I'll cut my own, thank you!
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    That's the math I came up with. Depending on drawer width/depth, you could get anywhere from 8 to 12 4" tall drawers out of a 5' x 5' piece of 1/2". However, someone buying plywood in bulk at a cheaper price, could plink these out all day long at a competitive price for local suppliers or shops. Someone with a CNC setup could even do dovetails for pre-sized kits pretty reasonably. If priced reasonably I'd definitely buy them pre-milled. Might be worth looking at a bit deeper for some of you to make a buck or two on. Someone like Larry might be able to turn them out pretty quick with that woodmaster of his.
    Darren

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    My view is time verses money. If I am running out of time to finish a project, or running way behind, I would buy them to try to catch up.
    If I want it to be a gift that says "I did this" for somebody, then I just have to take time whenever I can to do the project.
    In the last couple of years, I haven't had much shop time (I actually visit here to relax), and most of what I have had, has been late at night (warning don't operate machinery when falling asleep). So there have been times it flat out makes sense for that, or for me to get out of woodworking.

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    There are shops that custom make drawer boxes to your dimensions for a pretty reasonable price IF you are buying enough of them. Anyone doing the kitchens for a new housing development for example. I guess it is like my fear of chairs. I have never made one so I am reluctant to do so. Drawers I had to make to outfit my shop inexpensively so now, I will make a drawer any old time.
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    "They seem to be over priced to me considering how much you could get out of a piece of plywood."

    Here is a perfect example of thinking a selling price is related to the material cost. It isn't. What is really be sold in this case is convenience and time savings. That is really what you are considering buying. Think about this when YOU are the seller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    "They seem to be over priced to me considering how much you could get out of a piece of plywood."

    Here is a perfect example of thinking a selling price is related to the material cost. It isn't. What is really be sold in this case is convenience and time savings. That is really what you are considering buying. Think about this when YOU are the seller.
    Very true, Carol, but... A sheet of BB costs me $36.00. It'll take less than ten minutes to cut it into 14 4" wide strips; 5 more minutes to change over from my rip blade to a quarter inch dado; and another ten minutes to run the dados in the 14 strips. Even if I'm paying labor at $40.00 per hour, I've only got about $56.00 invested, leaving $84.00 of that sales price as potential profit.

    So, using those figures, I'm saving less than half an hour, and paying $84.00 (plus shipping - Woodcraft doesn't ship for free) for the convenience. Doesn't seem cost effective to me. YMMV.
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    If I were a production shop I would but for the type of furniture I make I prefer to make them myself even if it ment more cost.
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    i have seen them used in two different shops and it was the time factor that made them cost effective, dont know there pricing as for dollars but i did ask the question.. and these were prefinished as well.. there is one of those companys not far from me that make doors and drawers to what ever dimensions you want.. and back when i was there last the price for solid maple drawers with ply bottoms and DT joinery was cheaper than most could make them for.. right off the top of my head i think a drawer that was around 4 to 4 " high and say 18" wide and 22 deep was like 30 dollars,, prefinished was 10 dollars more.. there shop was all automated as much as possible.. volume is where they made there money.
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