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I'm installing cabinets in front of a large return hvac duct and want to use wood grilles in the cabinet doors to accommodate air flow. I've found several sources for laser cut panels in 1/4" Baltic birch plywood but they seem expensive for being completely cnc made, like $120 and up for an 11 x 22 panel. Any suggestions for sources or other approaches. I may use a metal grill if the price is comparable.
Tony, are you paying for this out of your own pocket or is a customer paying for it ?
I don't make wood grilles, but I do run laser cutters. Depending on the pattern, an 11 x 22 panel could easily take forty-five minutes of laser time. Plus set-up, finishing, packing, etc.
I think that $120 is a fair price for a stock pattern. Much more for a custom one.
It may seem expensive, but a hand-made one would be a whole lot more...
The cost of the baltic birch material is really insignificant compared to the labor and overhead involved.
This is a pretty typical response from people who don't own cnc or laser machines. They think it is just materials and the things magically make themselves. What the previous poster said is absolutely correct, you are paying for overhead and the machines time. When you have 100k+ invested in these machines it takes some extra charges above materials to pay for them. You don't just charge for your materials do you? No you factor in time and your profit.