Mike and Pat's Kitchen Remodel #4: Building the Upper Cabinets

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 08-16-2014 05:08 AM 2876 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Demo Time! Part 4 of Mike and Pat's Kitchen Remodel series Part 5: Installing the upper Cabinets »

We have been building the upper cabinets. Two more to go. The face frames are knotty alder stained with General Finishes Colonial Maple. After a couple of coats of clear finish they received a glaze application. General Finishes Van Dyke Brown did the trick. Then it was several more coats of Parks Pro Finishes Clear Satin. I lightly sanded between coats. I really like the way they turned out.

The carcases are 3/4 inch prefinished birch with 1/2 inch backs. Each side is dadoed top and bottom with a rabbit along the back of each one. That makes for a nice, square box and once it is glued, screwed and stapled, it is rock solid. The face frames were attached to the boxes using pocket hole construction and glue.

Had to do a little drywall repair and relocate the electrical for the vent hood.

Got the 2×4’s attached to the wall. I shot a line using a laser. Just about ready to go.

Lots of shelf pin holes for these guys (39 inches tall).

Test fit

Lazy Susan’s rear. :-)

Everything is falling into place.

Stick around. There is more to come.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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David Dean

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#1 posted 08-16-2014 11:30 AM

looking up good work.

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#2 posted 08-16-2014 12:38 PM

Nice work Mike.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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John Stegall

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#3 posted 08-16-2014 01:55 PM

Very good Mike.

My nephew was in the midst of building his when he got struck with shingles. He had been operating under the assumption that you had to be old to get shingles, now he either knows better or is older than his chronological age.

Get the vaccination!

-- jstegall

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 08:36 PM

Lotsa pieces n parts that’ll turn into some super nice cabinets.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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