Wouldn’t anyone? Vague instructions create misunderstandings between two parties and since this is a professional undertaking for the cabinet maker who obviously has much to gain by doing his job properly and well, it is not much liked.
But obviously you are the customer and a customer cannot expect to know very much about cabinet making and its technicalities. Wrong. You may not know much about cabinet making, but being clear about what you really want can help both you and the cabinet maker and save both parties a lot of hassle. Besides, you are going to be the final user of that cabinet so it needs to turn out good.
The second reason vague instructions are much disliked is that cabinet makers take pride in their craft and having a customer who is unsure about exactly what he or she wants can be frustrating. Besides they need to visualize the final product before they begin, without which a cabinet maker cannot really start on the cabinet with solid determination. Satisfying customer requirements is high on a cabinet makers list because it propagates future projects and also his good reputation.
The final reason would be that cabinet design requires high concentration and a lot of patience. There can be no room for mistakes because material usage is optimized, as much as possible, and waste discouraged. Not having a clear picture of what exactly the customer wants will create uncertainty during the crafting process. Continuous changes from the customer’s end will disturb the work and concentration flow, creating a jarred crafting process which can negatively affect your cabinet which I’m sure is not what you want.