I’ve recently begun operating a one-man shop. My first two jobs have been building kitchen cabinets. I just finished the first job which was a small kitchen with 26 lineal feet of cabinet including both uppers and lowers. The client has done all the finishing, so my work has involved building the cabinets and installing them. Their construction is of 3/4″ birch plywood for the carcasses; solid birch face frames; 1/2″ birch plywood drawers with solid birch drawer fronts; solid birch rail and stile doors with 1/4″ birch plywood panels. The doors and drawer fronts overlay the face frames and have 1/8″ chamfers all the way around; the doors also have stopped chamfers along the inside edge of the rails and stiles. Hardware consists of Blum Euro-style hinges, and full and 3/4 extension ball bearing drawer slides. The client is buying and installing the pulls.
I bid the job for $4,550, which worked out to $175/lineal foot of cabinet. Materials totaled $1,400, so I made $3,150 for my labor. The job took me 192 hrs which means I earned just over $16/hr. I had hoped to make $20+/hr, but I’m happy to have done as well as I did for my first such job. In the future though, I’d certainly like to do better. I have no idea how my pricing scheme compares to the going rate for custom cabinets. Is my pricing way too low or do I simply need to get faster and more efficient?
Thanks for any help.