Am talking with my experience and after doing a thorough search in entire Bangalore for years finding a right fabricator !
Same experience here in Pune. Two years back I created a great(at least to me!) design for an entry level Audio System rack.
After searching for four odd months I found one guy to fabricate it. That guy took some money as an advance and vanished then after. I found him after four months but by that time he had blown that money in gambling!
Then got one more guy, based on some recommendations, he was very enthusiastic in the beginning and really suggested some good changes in my design so as to reduce cost! Now, this time I was wise enough to pay directly to the shop to procure raw material. All done, wood was cut to measure and this guy too vanished. After waiting for good 3 months, finally I collected only 50% of the wood and glass from his place, rest he must have consumed elsewhere (or sold to make some quick bucks).
Now came in the third guy, he rejected the original design saying it is too complicated for him but finally agreed to work on the project , this time I was more wiser to put forward some terms and conditions:
1> I insisted that he should come to my place and fabricate in my presence.
2> All material will remain in may custody.
3> I will pay no advance but pay based on work progress.
The guy agreed but on the very first day he broke the glass tops by mishandling it and as if that was not enough he came drunk the next day and cut the wood all wrong under that trance! I kicked him out of the place but all material went waste.
I shelved the project!
At present I am using a low height cupboard which I purchased from ??Chor Bazar- Pune??, and modified to my requirements . And this time I did the job all by myself and in the process added ??Carpentry ??to my skill sets
. Now if IT industry (my bread and butter) collapses one day, I won??t be jobless!.