Customizing Kitchen Cabinets

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Project by JDCrae posted 07-22-2016 10:48 AM 1151 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I decided last Monday, that I wanted to do something different with our kitchen cabinets. They are American Woodmark cabinets, an exclusive Home Depot brand of cabinets the previous owners of the house had installed. They are ok, but lacked any kind of feel at all. Very plan maple cabinets, with cheap maple ply inset panels. As the son of an Antique Dealer, I like older stuff, so I decided I wanted to do a pie safe-esque look. Friday night I took the plunge and got the router out to see what I could do. Point of no return.

What I ended up doing is routing “ears” for a lack of a better term where the corners of the top of the inset panel was, exposing the entire top edge. I then used the router to cut out the majority of the inset panel, so only the perimeter remained.

Once only the perimeter was left, I broke one end of the inset panel, and gently removed the rest, leaving the perfect factory slot. Then using the ears and end I routed open at the top, fed the Aluminum punched mesh down into the slot. By Sunday night, my wife and I had the rest done.

We are more than elated with out they came out. I need to space out the mesh in some cabinet doors as the slot is thicker than the mesh, but overall, we are stoked at how it turned bland cabinets into something really special. Got the look of custom cabinets for less than 200$ in punched aluminum sheeting.

All that is left is waiting for new hardware to arrive, so it more closely resembles, hoosier era furniture.

After that, we are having soapstone installed in a couple of weeks for the outer counter, and I just ordered my lumber from the mill, as I will be making a giant solid hickory butcher block island.

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#1 posted 07-22-2016 01:22 PM

Wow, you are MUCH braver them me. But nice job, they look great !

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#2 posted 09-23-2016 11:18 AM

Looks good to me.The kitchen is looking good now and I loved the cabinets. I won’t say that I have seen the same kitchen as yours but kind of identical, look here. You guys did a great job.

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