by William Sampson
email@example.com PRICING SURVEY
How would other shops price your work?
Submit a project for the Pricing Survey and find out.
Working up the price to charge for any custom woodworking project can challenge even the
most experienced shops, especially if the
job includes competitive bidding. What
will the other shops bid?
There’s really no way to know until
it’s too late to adjust your own bid. But
now you have an opportunity to see how
other shops would bid on a project you
actually did without costing you anything. We’re looking for great projects
for our annual Pricing Survey, and your
project could be included.
What it is
The FDMC Pricing Survey has been
studying pricing in custom woodwork-
ing for two decades. The survey takes
real jobs done by real shops and makes
the bidding specifications available to
shops all across the country to bid. The
itemized results are printed in FDMC
magazine and online at Woodworking-
All the shops, including the shop that
did the original project, are kept anonymous in the survey except for identifying
their state or province. That way no one
has to worry about being embarrassed
about the results and can give candid
Submitting a project
We’re looking for projects that represent
a good cross-section of what our read-
ers do. That includes kitchen cabinets,
built-ins, commercial and residential
work, and freestanding furniture. While
highly elaborate or extensive projects are
impressive, they don’t attract as many
bids as more mainstream projects. For
example, a single medical exam room
project will attract a lot more interest
than a project that involves the build-out
of a complete medical building.
We need a summary of the project,
original bidding specifications, basic
dimensioned elevation drawings, and
good photographs of the finished work.
All projects must be submitted by June 7,
so we can create the survey bid package
and make it available to readers. Results
will be published in the October issue of
Submit project applications to will.
phone 203-512-5661 for more information. ;
This kitchen was a past project in the FDMC Pricing Survey. Your project could be included this year.