Everyday stuff #1: My time on shop cabinets will be worth it

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Blog entry by MikeSpanky posted 06-23-2015 04:18 AM 1413 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been rearranging my shop the last two months trying to get the best out of my small space. Been working on some new shop cabinets along with wall hangers for tools and lumber storage. However, In a few days I’ll be able to wrap this project up. I’m not at all envious of what’s next though. With plans for a brand-new kitchen which will be built inside an add-on room, so we can leave the old until it’s complete—I plan to tear out the old celetext ceiling and re-wire everything. Along with the wiring I will also plumb the room which is a taken in carport on concrete slab that’s never seen plumbing before. The plans are to cut through a section of slab at the outside foundation to bring through a drain to the sink. This will not be an easy job and may require hiring some help to get it done correctly. But I will start it and see where it takes me. Fortuneately, in the county we live permits are not required for building or am I expected to hire union folks for the labor.

Here’s a little preview of our plans. The kitchen will flow u-shaped from left wall to the right, with kitchen sink somewhere near the middle of the center and outside wall. The left wall will have about 8 feet of cabinets, less a built in section for refrigerator. Next to the frig will be a typical lower cabinet with doors and matching drawers above them. At the corner will be a lazy-susan. Turning right then I plan two sections about 4ft each before the sink section. In these two there will be at least one set of drawers. The rest will be typical except for the dishwasher section which will set right before the sink. The sink will bump out about three inches beyond the rest. Not sure yet about corner post at the sink. Beyond the sink will be a pullout for trash section just before the range top. Below the range there will be two wide drawers for pots and pans. The next section will ge a narrow pullout for flat pans and such. It will Set next to another lazy-susan which takes the cabinets around a 90 degree right turn. After the corner cab there will be another typical section about 30” which sets right next to the double oven. Just beyond the double oven there will be a 30” full size tall, pantry. The entire right section will be about twelve ft. There will be about 37 ft of cabinets in all against the walls.

The upper cabinets will follow suit. A couple of things I wish to do here are stair stepped or raised cabs at the corners and possibly the range hood. The range hood I will Be designed and built from hickory which is our choice for all the cabinets. The other thing the wife wants on top are some small cabinets with glass doors for looks. Then where the upper cabinets break at the sink, both sides will have curved corners. Parts of the range hood design will have curved corners.

Finally, there will a 7ft island which will have storage cabinets below and can be used as a breakfast bar. The two most exposed ends of the island will be built with curved corners.

The wood used will be hickory supplied by a local saw mill. It will be cured and then thickness planed to 13/16. The doors of the cabinets will be arched raised panel and will be attached using European style concealed hinges. The drawers will all have Blum slow close concealed slides. Drawer boxes will be made out of hard maple using dovetails with a Leigh Super jig.

The project will be the largest I’ve ever tackled. Years ago I built three sets of cabinets made with oak and ash plywood. A far cry from the styles used today. The new methods are much prettier and require alot of time and detail. My plan is to build each section in my shop, and finish out before moving it to the house. When all the major cab are complete I’ll begin to work on the doors. Our cabinets will be finished naturally using several coats of oil base poly before being hung.

My time on shop cabinets has partly been too learn how to build raised panel doors, to learn how to make drawers with dove tails, and to build face frames using pocket holes and the tongue and groove method. Now believe I’m ready. But I do dread all the preliminary prep. Still it’s got to be done.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#1 posted 06-23-2015 04:51 PM

We want pictures of the cabinet projects!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 06-24-2015 03:00 AM

Certainly I’ll post photos. I only hope it doesn’t take a year to complete.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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