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Takeoff and Estimating for Casework and Millwork Shops

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WWW.ONCENTER.COM O N - SCR EEN TA K EO FF A N D Q UICK BID IN MILLWO R K S H O PS 1 Page A s in ma ny othe r industr ie s, te chnologic al innovations that improve ope rational ef f icie ncie s have made their way into the c onstr uc tion se c tor. T he c a sewor k a nd millwor k trade s a re now re aping the be nef its of the digital age. T he se trade s a re busine s se s of sk ille d craf tsme n, a nd some would s ay, a r tists. Ne a r ly eve r y a spe c t of a job is unique. Walnut or oak ? Stain or lac que r ? Mela mine or NuMetal? T he devil is in the details. S hops inve st in te chnology a nd e quipme nt including CNC machine r y to incre a se p roduc tivit y, re duc e wa ste, a nd incre a se p rof its. Howeve r, tools that imp rove ef f icie ncy a nd ef fe c tive ne s s a re not limite d to the shop f loor. The road to a p roduc tive shop that e njoys a he althy p rof it be gins with ac curate take of f s a nd e stimate s. Without p rofe s sional, timely a nd ac curate bids, jobs a re ha rd to get. In the highly c ompetitive ma r ketplac e whe re " the low bid gets the job," a shop c a n lose money before cut ting the f ir st boa rd without ac curate a nd up -to - date take of f s a nd e stimate s. On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid in Casework and Millwork Shops N o t s o l o n g a g o , a l l a s p e c t s o f c a s e w o r k a n d m i l l w o r k , f r o m d e s i g n , t o b u i l d , t o t a k e o f f , w e r e d o n e t h e o l d - f a s h i o n e d w a y — b y h a n d . N o w i t i s r a r e f o r a n y o n e o t h e r t h a n a r e a l c r a f t s m a n t o p r a c t i c e t h e m e t h o d s o f o l d u s i n g l i t t l e m o r e t h a n t h e s i m p l e s t o f h a n d t o o l s .

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