Custom Estimates for Custom Cabinetmakers

Accurate Estimates • Manage Customer Expectations • Sell More Projects

Do you feel like there is never enough money too...

Hire good qualified people?

Pay your bills on time?

Maintain your facilities, machinery, vehicles, etc.?

What if the root cause of these issues, and a myriad of others were the direct result of not charging the appropriate price for your cabinetry. If that were the case, would you know it?

Do you ever feel like you are making cabinetry for others at YOUR families expense?

Did you know that a Single User copy is this affordable?

Adam Rose

Creative Woodworking, Sterling, CO

“With Custom Cabinet Estimator, I am confident that everything is covered: labor, materials, overhead and most importantly, PROFIT. I can print out a professional looking proposal that lists absolutely everything...[and] I am not wasting time designing jobs I don’t get.”  

Expectations

Do your Estimates and Proposals Manage your Customers EXPECTATIONS?

Itemized Door and Drawer Front Selections

Itemized Cabinet List

Material Selections (wood specie, laminate, etc.)

Itemized list of Accessories, Trim and Moldings

Detailed Payment Schedule (when you expect payments)

Terms and Conditions

The one thing that just might be harder than managing employees, which is pretty tough, is managing customer expectations. A detailed Estimate and Proposal done well will do just that. Many customers seem to think that if you discussed an item, even just in passing (that's a nice trash pull out), that you have included that in their Estimate. A line by line list of EVERYTHING that makes up their job with it's cost sucks the wind right out of those sails.

 

Andy Kalafatis

Ancom Custom Cabinets, Littleton, MA

“Custom Cabinet Estimator has delivered what was promised. Not only has it allowed me to create professional and consistent estimates and proposals that I feel confident about, but it has also dramatically reduced the time I had been spending on estimates and proposals in the past. Custom Cabinet Estimator is clearly one of my most valuable tools not on the shop floor. The service offered by True32 Corporation has been second to none!”

DO YOU PUT THE SAME LEVEL OF CRAFTSMANSHIP INTO YOUR ESTIMATES AND PROPOSALS THAT YOU PUT INTO YOUR CABINETRY?

Uncertainty!

Many cabinetmaker struggle with sleep at night, worrying if their estimates are accurate, if their costs will be covered and if there will be any profit left when all is said and done.

Peace of Mind!

Cabinetmakers that use Custom Cabinet Estimator know their estimates are accurate, their costs have been covered and a healthy Profit included.

Ugly!

Are your Estimates and Proposals ugly? Do you constantly get requests for more details? Is it possible that your Estimates and Proposals are losing jobs for your company?

Beautiful!

Custom Cabinet Estimator provides beautiful Estimates and Proposals that you can be proud to present, and will help you close more deals.

Durwin Miller

Light House Woodworking, St. Joe, IN

“I think that the Custom Cabinet Estimator meets a need that a lot of us have in custom woodworking. It takes a task that’s often as much voodoo as anything, and makes it logical, accurate, and repeatable. We all know the pain of under pricing a job or losing one by being too high. Custom Cabinet Estimator gives me peace of mind in knowing that my bases are covered and had I done the job for less, I would not make the necessary margins”

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the System Requirements for my Computer to run Custom Cabinet Estimator?

Windows 10 Pro Edition: 32-bit and 64-bit.
Windows 10 Enterprise Edition: Anniversary update.

Windows 8.1 Standard Edition and Windows 8.1 Pro Edition: System updates 2919355 and 2999226.

Windows 7 SP1 Professional Edition and Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate Edition: Last updates offered.

If you need a multi-user version of Custom Cabinet Estimator, and plan to do a peer-to-peer network (not recommended) you will need a copy of FileMaker Pro 16 on each machine you need to operate Custom Cabinet Estimator from, as well as your pretend server. This pretend server will need to be a pretty powerful PC (the best/fastest machine you can afford), and it needs to be designated to FileMaker Pro 16 and Custom Cabinet Estimator only. You will also need to include a User for this pretend server when purchasing your multi-user version of Custom Cabinet Estimator (if you have two users, then you will need to purchase the 3 user version of Custom Cabinet Estimator).

If you plan on doing the "Real Deal" network, you will need a Server running Windows Server 2016 and FileMaker Pro 16 Server, and a copy of FileMaker Pro 16 for each PC you will have an operator for (you do not need the extra user for the Server like the pretend server for the peer-to-peer network). If you already have a Server with Windows Server 2016 on it, loading FileMaker Server is very straightforward, and FileMaker provides great support to help you with that process.

What are the Hardware Requirements for my Computer to run Custom Cabinet Estimator?

Minimum Requirements:
CPU: 1 GHz or faster x86- or x64-bit processor
RAM: 1 GB

Recommended Requirements:
CPU: 1 GHz or faster x86- or x64-bit processor
RAM: 2 GB or more

How long does it take to get up and running with Custom Cabinet Estimator?

Since Custom Cabinet Estimator comes loaded with literally hundreds of items and processes, you can use it immediately after installing it. You will ultimately want to compare the loaded pricing with your vendors pricing, but most find it to be really close.

Some of the items that are pre-loaded are (all can be edited by you):

  • Over 300 Cabinet Types
  • Over 100 of Conestoga Wood Specialties Doors and Drawer Fronts
  • Over 132 of Conestoga Wood Specialties Finishes and Finish Options
  • Just under 500 Trim and Molding items
  • Over 250 Sheet-good and Hardwood materials
  • Over 300 Hardware and Accessory items
  • A wide variety of PVC and Veneer Edgebanding
  • Pre-loaded Labor Rates 
  • A handful of Default Terms options
  • A handful of Default Markup options
  • A handful of Default Material Selections
  • Several dozen Default Hardware Selections
  • A handful of Sample Jobs for comparison

How long does it take to create an Estimate or Proposal using Custom Cabinet Estimator?

That's a subjective question. I think the best unit of measure to use would be cost as opposed to Kitchens, or cabinet quantity as some Kitchens cost $6,000.00, and others cost over $100,000.00, and some Kitchens have 10 cabinets or less, and others have 30 to 40 cabinets.  

My personal experience is that you will spend approximately 20 to 30 minutes per $10,000.00 of cabinetry and all the supporting elements for that cabinetry.

Do I have to draw my job to get an Estimate or Proposal from Custom Cabinet Estimator?

The answer for the vast majority of cabinetmakers is definitely not. If you are really new to cabinetmaking, you might not have the chops to layout a kitchen from blueprints, or a sketch, but most can by simply marking up the plans with a pencil and maybe a highlighter.

Our primary mission way back in the late 1990's when Custom Cabinet Estimator's predecessor (Business Partner) was developed was to be able to quote cabinetry without having to draw it first. I'm not aware of anyone that gets 100% of the jobs they provide estimates for, and for most, the success rate falls somewhere between 5 out of 10 to 7 out of 10, depending on the health of the economy. We did not want to draw all 10 to only get 5 to 7 of those 10.

Plus, the vast majority of clients expect a FREE estimate, but my experience was that I could and did charge clients for drawings (my design), and I want my process to encourage that, not discourage it. Custom Cabinet Estimator used as intended will support you in charging for your design work, let it help you make more money now and in the future.

What information do I have to enter to get an Estimate or Proposal?

Notice the use of "we ask you" throughout the following. Creating an Estimate or Proposal with Custom Cabinet Estimator is very much like an interview (we ask you questions, you answer the questions), and one of the really cool features of Custom Cabinet Estimator, is all the questions we ask that have financial implications are asked with a field background color of green (the color of money), and all other questions have a field background color of white.

The first thing we ask you to do is create a Job, entering details like Job Name, location, contact information, terms, conditions, markups, mileage to job-site, number of delivery trips to job-site and default cabinet heights.

Then we ask about your Client, with places to enter all the relevant contact information.

Then we ask you to Add your Rooms, some like to add all the rooms first, then come back and detail out each room. I always added a room, added all the details for that room, then added the next room, and so on until all rooms were added and all details added to the room.

Then we ask you to tell us what Exterior Materials you will be using. This is the most complex, and the densest of all the pages/tabs/interfaces you will deal with, but 100% of the just under 100 questions we ask can be answered by choosing a single Default Material selection (you can have as many of these Defaults as you need, but usually a couple dozen is sufficient). 

Then we ask you to tell us what Interior Materials you will be using (only 26 questions on this interface, and these are also answered by your Default Material selection from the last page/tab/interface).

Then we ask you to tell us about the Base Cabinets in this room, how many linear feet of base cabinets, and how many of each cabinet type (the cabinets are chosen from a list and added by clicking on them).

Then we ask you to tell us about the Wall Cabinets in this room.

Then we ask you to tell us about the Tall Cabinets in this room.

Then we ask you to tell us about the Vanity Cabinets in this room, if any.

Then we ask you to tell us about your Finished End Panels. How many of what size and type. 

Then we ask you to tell us about your Fillers and Toe Board. On the Toe Board, we will have a suggested quantity based on the linear footage of Base, Tall and Vanity cabinets you entered earlier (we also factor in returns for finished ends).

Then we ask you about your Hardware (both Functional and Decorative). In both cases, we provide an option for making your selections, then adding a Standard Quantity, based on questions you have already answered (we can make a pretty good educated guess at how many hinges, drawer guides, knobs and/or pulls you will need based on what you have already told us). If our guess is not right, you can make adjustments for cabinets you know are getting 3 hinges per door instead of 2, or drawers that are getting 2 pulls instead of 1.

Then we ask you to tell us about your Accessories, which might be a Lazy Susan, Trash Pull-Out, or one of several hundred other things.

Then we ask you to tell us about your Trim and Molding. Like some of the other items I have listed, we will suggest a quantity for your Crown and Light Rail, and you can add any other Trim and/or Molding needed. NOTE: Trim is wood items that will need to be finished, but are not not linear like molding.

The last page/tab/interface you will come to is the Labor Rates. Typically this does not change job to job, so a quick review of this page, and you are done, ready to print your Estimate or Proposal.

Does Custom Cabinet Estimator work for both Face Frame and Full Access Cabinetry?

Yes it does. Originally, way back in 1999, Custom Cabinet Estimator's predecessor (Business Partner) was Full Access only, but Frames were added several versions later and have been a part of the Software for many years now.

Does Custom Cabinet Estimator produce any other reports other than Estimates and Proposals?

Yes it does. There are several levels of internal cost reports to assist you in Labor and Material cost analysis, but one of my favorite reports is the Purchase Report.

The Purchase Report is just what is sounds like, a report that lists the things you need to purchase. If your Proposal listed a lazy susan, 24' of crown mold, 13 pulls and 7 knobs, then obviously you need to purchase those items to be able to supply them. 

The Purchase report lists everything you told your client they would be getting with a checkbox to the left of the item. As you order these items, you can check them off the list. Here is an example:

Danny Castle

Castle Cabinetry, Richmond, KY

“It is one of the most valuable tools I own.” 

Estimating Software Designed and Developed by Cabinetmakers for Cabinetmakers

I'm Convinced! What Next!

1. Order

Order your copy by clicking on any of the many Order buttons on this page.

2. Download

Download the Setup file provided and launch the Setup process. This should only take a few minutes to do, and accepting all the defaults is exactly what you should do.

3. Register

Enter the Registration Name and Registration Code provided, then add a Username and Password to make this YOUR copy of Custom Cabinet Estimator. This process takes a matter of seconds.

4. User Info

Edit the DEMO User info with all your contact information.

5. Company Info

Enter your Company Information, and take a few minutes to review and edit the Preferences area to meet your personal preferences and expectations.

6. Start Using

Start Using Custom Cabinet Estimator to create accurate, beautiful Estimates and Proposals that answer your clients questions before they ask (Managing Customer Expectations).