Mom's kitchen Cabinets #2: Step #2 base cabinet boxes

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Blog entry by bluchz posted 09-03-2009 01:36 AM 4862 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Hmmm might be a bad start. Part 2 of Mom's kitchen Cabinets series Part 3: The Mock up Face frame, doors and drawers. »

I had a rainy day and couldn’t work, so i got to spent about 4 hours making the boxes for the base cabinets. I decided to go with the baltic birch maple plywood mix after listening to comments. here is how they turned out.
boxes 1
base boxes 2
These are put together with glue and nails i hope that will be strong enough. The joints are all rabbited or dado. I did use a few screws where i thought it wouldn’t show.

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#1 posted 09-03-2009 01:39 AM

Dados and rabbits ? or just glue and nails? It’s a little hard to see in the photo.(old age)

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#2 posted 09-03-2009 04:09 AM

Looking good. I’ve read both Tolpin’s and Proulx’s books on cabinet making (much preferred Tolpin’s), and plan to make them using pretty much just biscuits and glue (maybe a few finishing nails to make sure everything stays together, too). I’d say going the extra mile with the dadoes and rabbits will definitely make them more than strong enough.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#3 posted 09-03-2009 06:50 AM

When the glue cures, it’ll be strong enough. Nice job so far. I didn’t get to build the cabinets for a friend last year because of home equity loan issues. Maybe someday…

How did it go with the return? Did you find that 3/4 is actually 23/32’s? I bought a special router bit for plywood dadoes.

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#4 posted 09-06-2009 03:01 PM

I decided not to bother with returning the 1/2”maple. After some of the posts here it didn’t sound like it was going to be an issue. The bottoms are dado into the side and the backs and top spacers are rabbited into the sides. Glue nails and some screws hold it all together.

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#5 posted 09-06-2009 03:39 PM

Great lookin cabinets mom will love them

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 11-07-2009 05:13 PM

Great design.

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