kitchen cabinets #9: 1st and largest cabinet is on the wall!

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Blog entry by MC posted 04-18-2017 01:48 AM 1368 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Making progress. Part 9 of kitchen cabinets series Part 10: 2 down 10 to go »

I finished (not counting doors) the first and largest cabinet this weekend. I added pocket screws to all the panels that would not be seen to hold the face frame on. For areas I could not add pocket screws I used a biscuit joiner, mostly for the rails. This also helped with alignment.

Before assembly I added shelf pins using a jig from Veritas. I decided to add steel sleeves to the pin holes for durability.

My shop is out of space and I had no place to assemble the cabinet so… I built the cabinet and finished the cabinet in the kitchen. I did not use sandpaper until the first coat of finish had been applied instead relying on planes and scrapers. Finish is a 1 1/2 pound cut of super blonde shellac followed by two coats of polyurethane. Nice warm color.

While all the drywall was down and studs exposed, I marked the stud locations on my story sticks. I transferred the stud centers to the back of the cabinet and predrilled the holes to hang the cabinet.

The story sticks is now being used as the ledger board for hanging the cabinet. The far left style was cut wide so that I could scribe it to the wall for a tight fit. I used #10 by 3” screws, three per stud, four studs, to secure the cabinet.

Feels good to finally have something to show for all my work. Good motivation to keep going!

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#1 posted 04-18-2017 04:47 PM

That’s a nice looking cabinet case. Looks like plenty of wild grain in the cherry too.

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

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#2 posted 04-18-2017 05:16 PM




-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 04-18-2017 07:25 PM

Doors will come later after all the cases are done. No lights inside of these cabinets.

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#4 posted 05-15-2017 02:19 PM

Hey MC,

How is your kitchen coming along?

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#5 posted 05-16-2017 02:14 AM

Hey MC,

How is your kitchen coming along?

- JAY Made

It is coming along. I had two weekends that I could not get in the shop, work and family, but I am back at it. I will do a new blog soon.

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