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Old 03-15-2012, 08:23 PM   #21
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Krist - you won't go wrong with Boulter Plywood. Their selection is great - a bit more pricey (maybe 15%) then Atlantic however.

I've had only good experiences with Atlantic... though I inherited an account. Guess it could be tricky to set one up.

My only knock on Boulter is the universal surly attitude... but I'd think most of us are accustomed to that in this industry. In the end - they deliver a very fine product. Just funny that our experiences with the two suppliers are opposites.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:08 PM   #22
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I gave up on Atlantic and usually buy at Boulter Plywood. If you have the time, build them custom. Much more fun to build then buy. I just hate the finishing side of it.
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I've always used Downes & Reader, but seeing as lacquer suppliers seem to be drying up around here I'm considering Atlantic for sheet goods too. I've heard the rumors about the attitude up there though. What are their prices like? Say for 3/4" birch?

Edit to say that the fellas at D&R are a bunch of sweethearts <3

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D and R is about the nicest group you'll find in this biz...

Who are you getting your finish from?

Atlantic does ML Campbell, and then theres Richelieu for Chemcraft and Bates for Becker... all will deliver to your door on the South Shore.
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I was getting it from Factory Paint, but they switched to Lenmar which I don't like as much, then from Beaver Woodworking, but they seem to be having some kind of supply issue. The last lot we did get from Atlantic but Woburn is a crappy drive. I actually think the Providence one might be a better bet. I was just wondering what their sheet goods prices were like though if I'm going to start getting deliveries from them.
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Clarke,

See my PM. They're very reasonable with a high quality product.

Step up to deliveries, as well. I can't imagine not.
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I am curious of Atlantic's prices as well. I called a few times and it was difficult to set up an account. I remember Kent telling me to keep at them but I think I lost the battle.
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All you have to do is get to buy from them once. Once you are in the computer you are a customer for life as long as you pay up on time.
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They didn't want to sell to me. I had a small shop out about 30 miles away from them. They insisted on seeing my shop to prove to them I was legit.

I told them come on by. They didn't. So I called and asked them to come by again. Nope, no show.

I finally told them that they were going to cause me to loose a big job because they wouldn't verify me.

They let me buy the materials. I got in their computer. That was 15 years ago.
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Thanks, will try again.
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So I'm dragging this post out again. Got prices for cabs from 3 different kitchen showrooms. With the lowest being $26,000ish for cabs only, I'm pretty sure I can beat that price by building my own and with the newly acquired shop access, I'll be making all the fronts as well. The finish is the only grey area price wise. Anyone know of a cabinet finish place near the Boston area? Or if anyone has an idea of finish cost for approximately 35 cabinets.
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Not the stuff you will find at a box store for $45
All that stuff has voids, etc. I don't even see paint grade any more.
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Or if anyone has an idea of finish cost for approximately 35 cabinets.
Paint? Glazed?
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Paint, no glaze. Frames and fronts only as I'll be finishing the insides.
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If you are hankering to build the stuff yourself then you should do it, of course. There's nothing as fun as building cabinets for me but I don't have a shop to do it in anymore.

If you're tight on time or don't have a full shop then I'd recommend ordering the frames and fronts pre-finished, as some others have. I'm just finishing up my third kitchen where I bought fronts from Walzcraft and there were only two little problems, both of which occurred in shipping IMO.

I used to work in a cabinet shop and there's no way that I could have improved on their price for paint grade. The fancy options are a different story and you do still have to wait a fair while for your order which is irritating if you decide to change a cabinet layout(as I did).

I just ordered finished FF stock in 8' lengths for my parents kitchen and made it up on site. It looks pretty good, but Leo or Kent would probably shoot me for the butts.

At the very least I would recommend you get a quote from them before you start ordering mats.
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Paint, no glaze. Frames and fronts only as I'll be finishing the insides.
Paint is expensive. More so then stain. Much more involved, much more labor. Paint shows a lot more defects in the wood that stain and clear hides. Conversion Varnish, which is the go to finish for kitchens, in a pigmented form is tough to spray.

I'm sure there are plenty of finish shops that would take your money.
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If you are hankering to build the stuff yourself then you should do it, of course. There's nothing as fun as building cabinets for me but I don't have a shop to do it in anymore.

If you're tight on time or don't have a full shop then I'd recommend ordering the frames and fronts pre-finished, as some others have. I'm just finishing up my third kitchen where I bought fronts from Walzcraft and there were only two little problems, both of which occurred in shipping IMO.

I used to work in a cabinet shop and there's no way that I could have improved on their price for paint grade. The fancy options are a different story and you do still have to wait a fair while for your order which is irritating if you decide to change a cabinet layout(as I did).

I just ordered finished FF stock in 8' lengths for my parents kitchen and made it up on site. It looks pretty good, but Leo or Kent would probably shoot me for the butts.

At the very least I would recommend you get a quote from them before you start ordering mats.
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sorry had to share.....
I made our cabinets. 3/4" mel for insides, and mahogany face frames and doors. think I had about $3500 into everything including the drawer slides and hardware, and finish. did it all at home in my shed. made the lower cabinets 30" deep instead of 24", and the uppers 16" instead of the norm 12". everything slides out since we were kind of limited on space..











my point is...you can get EXACTLY what you want, let the creativity flow, and have one hell of a time doing it....

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I'm just finishing up my third kitchen where I bought fronts from Walzcraft and there were only two little problems, both of which occurred in shipping IMO.
Walzcraft, have never had an issue over the 20 years ordering from them. Even back when they where just the "Cabinet Factory". Only difficulty is lead times once in a while.

But everyone down here in Dallas seems to have a "guy", (with a router), that'll do doors in less than a week turn around. Why use a company all the way up in Wisconsin? LOL

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