kitchen cabinets #1: The Beginning

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Blog entry by MC posted 02-07-2017 01:03 AM 1403 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have started a project that for me is enormous. A kitchen remodel with me building the kitchen cabinets. First came many weeks of planning and many drawings. The cut list has 294 parts just for the face frame and doors. I have purchased 19 pre finished 4×8 sheets of plywood and 250 board feet of 5/4 rough sawn cherry.

Before I could do anything I needed to build a rack for all the plywood. Note: would have been better to do this before delivery.

This weekend I started laying out the panels and started rough dimensioning the face frame parts. I have wood stacked Everywhere! Space has become a precious commodity.

I only have weekends to work on this project; I will try and post updates each Monday as to my progress for those who are interested.

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#1 posted 02-07-2017 01:05 AM

I am very close to being in a similar situation to yours; I will be watching with interest!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 02-07-2017 01:46 AM

I am going to keep close track to your blog. I can see a new kitchen in my future as well and I haven’t gotten up the courage to start planning yet so I might as well watch and learn. I warn you though, I will ask lots of questions.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 02-07-2017 04:03 AM

I am looking down the barrel of building a whole set of kitchen cabinets before knocking out the wall and installing them. So I am looking forward to getting inspiration (read courage) from your blog. Thanks!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 02-07-2017 04:11 AM

Good luck. Its cool to get the materials upfront. I built this, but it took me a year as I bought as I could (retired & on disability)

You certainly went to great detail in your plans, I just started with a sketch, a couple of critical dims, and have at it.

Keep us posted!


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#5 posted 02-07-2017 04:27 AM

What’s your design plan MC? Are you building them in-place, or in the shop? Are you planning to build individual units and connect them, or wall-length pieces?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 02-07-2017 10:59 AM

Earlc I will answer as many questions as I can.

Madmark 2, nice cabinets, I hope it does not take me a Year! The cabinets look great, what did you use for the lights?

Richard Taylor, I started with sketches and then moved to detailed drawings. The cabinets will be built in the garage, not full wall length but continuous to each transition i.e range, sink base which extends out. I have also chosen a design that has a separate base for the lower cabinets.

Other design characteristic include: inset doors, 15 inch deep upper cabinets, 47 inch tall upper cabinets, and smaller glass doors on the top.

We started by removing a set of stairs for a butler’s pantry (wife watches a lot of HDTV and DIY). I will build the pantry after the kitchen is done.

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#7 posted 02-07-2017 07:57 PM

Big project. Very exciting though that you have a chance to do it. It looks like you’re well-equipped in your shop, so I’m sure it will turn out beautifully. I’ll be following along and looking forward to seeing it progress.

Speaking of butler’s pantries, we bought this house a little over a year ago, and it had a large 10×12 laundry room. I put shelving up the two blank walls. Since the ceilings are 10 ft, I went a full 8 ft up. I’m an avid cook and need the space. I also keep things like finishes, glue and other things that don’t do well in the Arizona heat in there. Finally, it houses my favorite cooking tool — my VacMaster VP215 chamber vacuum. That guy gets used almost every day.

It’s nice you have the room to add one. There’s never enough storage space, and it will sure help.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#8 posted 02-07-2017 08:14 PM

It is a big job, but very interesting. I do all of my face frames, cabinets, shelves, and drawers first. Then I build all of my drawer fronts and doors. Then I did all the finishing at once. That way I am able to do things repeatedly and that helps things move right along. Good luck, I am sure you will have a great set of cherry cupboards, to be very proud of.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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