kitchen cabinets #19: Drawers!

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Blog entry by MC posted 11-04-2017 10:28 AM 1058 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Shelves Part 19 of kitchen cabinets series Part 20: I'm back and all kitchen drawers are in! »

October was a busy month but I did manage to fit in installing most of the drawer slides and finishing nine of the seventeen drawers. The cherry on the face frames have darkened since they were completed months ago and contrast against the recently planed drawer fronts. It will be interesting to see how long it takes the aging process to catch up.

We also had our new quartz countertop installed this month and the plumber finished his work with the sink and pot filler.

I made a pair of simple jigs to help with the installation of the Blum tandem slides and the required blocking that goes behind them. The jig kept everything perpendincular to the face frame during installation.

With ninteen drawers to build I quickly abandoned the fantasy I had of hand cutting all the dovetails and pulled out a porter cable dovetail jig I received as a gift several years ago. It took some time to get it set up but once there I was able to cut all the dovetails in an hour!

Once I had the drawer boxes installed it was time for the drawer fronts. The first nine drawers were all shallow so the front was just a single board. I used 1/32 inch shims (Lee Valley) to fit the bords for a perfect fit.

I have eight more drawers to build; these drawers are deep and will have panel and frame fronts.

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#1 posted 11-04-2017 05:23 PM

That’s going to be a beautiful kitchen when you are finished.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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