kitchen cabinets #12: Lower cabinets

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Blog entry by MC posted 06-12-2017 12:24 AM 1491 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made some progress and finished the cases for the three cabinets on the sink side of the kitchen. To save $ I used maple plywood instead of cherry. With the exception of the sink and corner cabinet all the lowers will have drawers so the maple will not be seen. The maple plywood was 2/3 the price of the cherry plywood.

The lower case construction is simple rabbits and dados. The largest of the cases, my table saw was not large enough to cut the center dado. Instead made a simple jig and used a morticing bit in a router.

I also used the jig to cut a rabbit and that extended to a dado on the sink cabinet side panels. The sink bumps out three inches so I added cherry to keep all the exposed sides with the same finish.

Sink cabinet during assembly.

I have already had one friend inquire why I added a toe kick to the side of the end cabinet. I intend to add feet to the cabinets later in the project. The toe kick is there to give the appearance of furniture once the feet have been added.

Before I apply the finish to the cabinets, I need to add the raised panel end and level the bases for the cabinets, will have to wait until next weekend.

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#1 posted 06-12-2017 12:22 PM

Looking really nice MC. What type of tile did you use for the floor? It too, looks really sharp.

-- --Zach

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#2 posted 06-12-2017 05:36 PM

It is irritating that cherry plywood costs so much more than maple. The price difference on the skins is insignificant relative to the labor costs to stack the plywood cores whether the skin is cherry or maple or walnut. It looks like you went with unfinished maple plywood. What was your thought process of unfinished vs. pre-finished maple?

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

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#3 posted 06-13-2017 12:22 AM

Zach, the tile is porcelain in a pattern my wife picked out.

Earls, the maple plywood is prefinished. Just bad photography. On the selection of plywood, I have used 3/4” throughout the project. I guess I could have saved money by going lighter on the backs but that required even more planning than I had already done.

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