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About freedhardwoods

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  1. I wouldn't want to live near a big city even if prices were cheaper.
  2. Thanks for the info, but my local cabinet parts supplier delivers good quality 22" side mounts for $54/box. They won't sell low quality slides and that's why I was looking for cheap under mounts. I think I'm just going to buy Blum under mounts from the local cabinet shop I install for. They buy a pallet of them from our local supplier at discount and I can buy them for just 3 or 4 dollars a pair more than the cheapest I've seen anywhere else. I guess I didn't realize how good of a price I was getting close to home.
  3. A lot of people wouldn't get that. That was a long time ago.
  4. I suppose different areas have different ways of doing things. There are over 80 cabinet shops within 20 miles of me. 50% down is the standard around here.
  5. I meant I wasn't going to ask him to front the money to buy parts in bulk. He already knows I get 50% down before I start a job. Him offering this deal is as much or more a favor to me as it is him trying to make a little more money. If we can't come to a price that works for both of us, I doubt if he pursues it anywhere else.
  6. I wondered about that. I get business cards and a few other things from VistaPrint. I always wait until I get an email saying they're 50% off to order.
  7. I know that bulk buying is the best way, and at other times I saved quite a bit of money doing that, but right now I'm in such a financial bind from very low income in the past couple years I just can't do it, and I'm not going to ask him to front the money. Maybe someday. I looked at CSH, but didn't see the type of slide I'm needing. Thanks.
  8. I have been installing for this dealer for a few years. He tried the Chinese flat pack route for a lower end option to expand his business, and that stuff is such garbage that the assembly and install labor was ridiculous. After so many problems with a few sets he gave up on that idea for about a year He knows that I am trying to get more business for my shop and that while I am not set up to make the high end, lots of frills cabinets that is his main business, a stripped down version of the more basic cabinets I build could be a way for him to try for that market again, so we are trying to negotiate a design and price that can work for both of us. Whether this deal works out or not, I will keep installing for him. He's a pretty nice guy and easy to work for..
  9. I talked to a salesman at HGH. I told him I was looking for their cheapest soft close, under mount slides. The first thing he said was "If it was my cabinets, I'd want Blum slides". I told him the low end type of cabinets I am trying to price and he gave me a (wholesale) price of $13.50 for a pair of HGH brand 21" soft close, under mount slides with locking tabs and rear brackets. I can get the same Blum kit from a local supplier for about $20. I am interested in the soft close add-on that Chestnut linked as an economical soft close option to offer. - The intention I have for my business is to build quality cabinets at a reasonable price. That's where the name Simply Affordable came from. I'm only considering this deal because I'm desperate for work, but I don't want my business name associated with this type of cabinets. I'm beginning to wonder if this is going to be and cause more trouble than I gain. Thanks for the info.
  10. Is that like walking into a Mercedes dealership and saying "I want to see the cheapest car you have"?
  11. I have a dealer that is asking for a price for low end cabinets. He would prefer under mount, soft close and he said the quality doesn't matter. Does anyone know a source for cheap (in every sense) slides? By the way, I'm not intending to associate my brand of cabinets with this order if it goes through.
  12. I have been to dozens of Amish communities around the country These are by far the most liberal. Some use big diesel engines to run rotary air compressors and hydraulic pumps. Others use the diesels to run big generators and their shops are totally electric. It depends who your Bishop is as to what rules you can get away with (breaking). Many have smart phones and laptops. I used to have a lot of respect for these people. After a few incidents involving me over the last couple years, I don't any more.
  13. 3 or 4 posts back, I uploaded pics of their dovetail machine. They say they are tight, but nail them anyway.