Built-in Cabinet - First build!

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This is my first cabinet build project. I’ve had a cabinet making class in high school 25 years ago, but pretty handy otherwise. I like to call this my 3K dollar cabinet because I invested a bunch of money into tools to make this project an awesome experience to get back into building.

Some of the challenges that I faced was making the cabinet built in-between two walls without any space on either side. I fit the carcass in the space first, then built the face frame to the carcass. Fitting the frame after assembly was a little tricky, but got it in with little damage to the adjacent walls. Careful placement of pocket holes were done on the carcass before putting it in it’s final place to affix the face frame.

I used 3/4” plywood for the carcass and poplar for the face frame, doors and shelf front edges. The final finish was a Snow White from General Finishes applied with a Fuji Sprayer. A final topcoat of General Finishes High Performance water based poly was used (3 coats; 400 grit sanded between each application).

Tools Purchased / used

Festool – TS55 Track Saw
Festool – ETS 150 / 5 sander
Festool – CT36 AC vac
Precision Dogs – Parallel Guides for Festool Track
Fuji 4 stage HVLP Sprayer with 3M PPS (Awesome setup!!)
Kreg Shelf Pin Kit (5mm)

Other basic tools such as Milwaukee M18 drills, bits and Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 01:40 PM

Looks like a great use of that space!

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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#2 posted 09-14-2016 01:41 PM

Great job whether or not it was your first build. Excellent excuse to get those tools!

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#3 posted 09-14-2016 01:47 PM

wellcome to our family
Great job

-- bambi

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#4 posted 09-14-2016 02:19 PM

Thanks! I did make some amateur mistakes, but I guess that’s the learning process!

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#5 posted 09-14-2016 02:34 PM

welcome 2 LJ’s
you can add custom cabinetry to your list
more pictures would be better …..... GREAT JOB

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 09-14-2016 02:45 PM

Looks great – nice job scribing the face frame to the walls on the side. I like the layout of the drawers & doors on the bottom.

-- Phil

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#7 posted 09-14-2016 04:14 PM

Wow! You don’t play any games when you buy new tools. I’m jealous. Great looking cabinet. Thanks for sharing.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#8 posted 09-14-2016 04:32 PM

Thanks Remo. Yea, I’ve been saving for some time to buy nice tools. I seem to find that I never have enough tools! I’m looking at a JessEm router table setup next. I have an old craftsman benchtop router and I’m grinding my teeth when I run it :( There isn’t anything smooth about it, but I have to deal with it for now until I can get the nice setup I want. I’d really like to make my own raised panel doors and drawers for some future projects. Time and money, but never both at the same time!!

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#9 posted 09-14-2016 08:27 PM

It’s a nice looking cabinet. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 09-15-2016 01:06 AM

Great piece built perfectly for that spot
Welcome to LJ’s !

-- Greg Simon

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#11 posted 09-22-2016 12:46 AM

That’s a great first build!

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#12 posted 09-22-2016 11:35 AM

Thanks everyone! Hey Tony, what part of PA or you located? I’m in Lehighton; north of Allentown.

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