We are quoting a large project - 600 pieces, in 3 weeks, and have a very small shop. Are we better off "out sourcing" the mat cutting (one opening) vs. cutting all of them ourselves? The picture is a true custom piece so the glass will have to be cusom cut as well.
I used to work at a shop back in the sixties, and it was a large, fairly efficient place with a half dozen or so employees. The boss took in a job like yours - 500 small frames - 5x7's as I recall. He thought he could make a killing chopping up all that old moulding he had left over from when he bought the shop in the fifties.
It was a nightmare! He ended up hiring neighborhood kids to help with the massive load (and you can well imagine what great workers they were!) and we barely squeeked the order out on time.
Let me tell you, that boss never pulled a stunt like that again!
Another thing to think about - I was stupidly contemplating a similar order years ago in my shop - for the VA. I had done smallish things for them in the past, they liked my work - wanted to give me the job. But I had to give them a quote first.
So I brilliantly thought that if I bought the frames readymade from my longtime supplier, and including glass - I would make out like a bandit - jsut turning around the job (no mats or fitting).
Well - what I was NOT prepared for was the fact that my longterm supplier wanted HALF up front before they would cut one stick of moulding!
And you KNOW the VA only pays (at least back then) MONTHS after the delivery.
I did not bid on that job and now whenever the government calls I politely decline.
You really have to be set up FOR production to DO production!