First cabinets #1: Building my first ever cabinets

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Blog entry by Mark Gipson posted 05-23-2009 04:38 AM 10752 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that the temperature in Bangkok has cooled down a little I have been able to make a start on my next project, building some cabinets for my workshop and kitchen. I researched standard cabinet sizes etc. on the internet and built full models in SketchUp before starting. So far the basic boxes are completed and one face frame has been made and fitted.

From left to right the cabinets are:

Mobile workshop cabinet, will have my little planer / thicknesser mounted to it.
Kitchen cabinet for oven and hob.
Cabinet for gas bottle.


I am building these in the North American face frame style as I prefer the look, most cabinets here are Euro style. The local True Value store had obviously made a mistake and imported a lot of face frame door hinges that they then couldn’t sell, I picked up a bunch for around 60c (US) a pair, I wish I’d got more of them!
The carcass is 3/4” Thai plywood and the face frames are rubber wood. I am going to stain the workshop cabinet but I’m unsure about the kitchen, I may paint those white.

I’m really looking forward to getting the kitchen cabinets completed, currently we have a Thai style kitchen which means nowhere to cook inside. Balancing a wok on a gas burner outside is OK for some things but not much use for cooking a nice western meal or baking some bread.

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#1 posted 05-23-2009 05:57 AM

so whats wrong with the metal rack in the background? :-) 3/4 ply here cost me about $20 US and isn,t to bad quality, whats it like over there?

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#2 posted 05-23-2009 06:32 AM

The plywood I bought for these cost around $28 US a sheet, it’s wood from Laos but made in Thailand. It seems pretty good so far, not many voids and no falling apart. The cores are rubber wood which seems hard to get away from here and the veneer is unknown to me at the moment.

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#3 posted 05-23-2009 04:01 PM

They look well constructued.
One thing I like working with furniture grade ply is, I need not to wory about flatterning. Just to share with you, the price of 3/4” plywood sheet here in my country is about $ 22 US.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 05-23-2009 07:23 PM

aren’t you worried about the doors sagging on the rubber face frames ? ( dumb joke )
looks real good !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 05-23-2009 07:34 PM

Looks like a good start. I like the frame you made to keep the cabinets off the floor.

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#6 posted 05-24-2009 01:18 AM

That frame is proving to be useful for lots of things. It’s great for keeping work off the floor and I also use it to break down big sheets of plywood with the circular saw. I cut into the frame a little each time of course but I can easily make a new one when it gets really torn up.

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