The obligatory house project we all have to face. Redoing cabinets.

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Project by Luddite posted 04-28-2017 11:57 PM 2473 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fall 16 to Spring 17

It seems like I’ve been away from this site for ages. Well it all started last fall when I drew up a nice little Stickley display case for DVD’s, nicknacks and the such when I heard the LOML utter the project changing words of “You need to do something about this now!” True. I thought the silverware trap looked okay on the floor but who’s to argue. And since I’d be dong the kitchen then why not the bathrooms as well.

After 30 years of well abused drawers and doors I was amazed on how well those stub tenons and staples really worked. Overall 21 doors and 11 drawers as well 4 blank insets were built.

I had to reuse the existing drawer glides as it was not possible to squeeze my butt into the back of the cabinets to hang some nice self closing slides. It was also impossible to remove the grant counter tops.

Drawers were 1/2 inch red oak joined in a rabbit glued and screwed. A dado for the real 1/4 ply. It was tricky matching the old glides but it worked out.

Doors were great to make, I just had to get that production shop mind in gear and start banging out the components. Milling, blanks, tenons, mortises, dado and panels all in order. I had over 9 differing doors to make and I actually didn’t screw things up too much.

LOML wished to change hinges to black so not finding anything compatible I simply cooked the hinges with degreaser in a crock pot and then sanded then down to metal before using a shaker can spray. That worked out really well.

All pieces were finished with Watco clear oil and Waterlox varnish. Used ironwood pegs for pin caps and decoration.

So, new pulls, refreshed hinges on new doors and drawers life is getting back to doing fun stuff!

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 04-29-2017 12:26 AM

Really beautifully done! I now have a model for my own kitchen.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-29-2017 01:40 AM

Great job, Terry .I like the frame joints. super strong!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-29-2017 02:32 AM

Looks good and you got points. Now were you able to get permission for any new tools?

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#4 posted 04-29-2017 02:33 AM

Looks good and you got points. Now were you able to get permission for any necessary (new) tools?

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#5 posted 04-29-2017 05:16 AM

Been there, done that. Few things will endear you more to DW and bring a greater return on investment than working on the kitchen. this was explained to me 20 years ago as an undomesticated and recently married guy by a marriage vet- “you have to think of the kitchen as her shop”.

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#6 posted 04-29-2017 01:33 PM

nice build

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#7 posted 04-29-2017 01:37 PM

first let me give you a HUGE thanks for NOT painting them …....second you did a wonderful job on these fine looking cabinets …......GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#8 posted 04-29-2017 02:53 PM

It looks like you have done a wonderful job on these cabinets. Congratulations,

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 04-29-2017 09:06 PM

Terry, I wondered what you were up to. The cabinets look great!

-- Art

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#10 posted 04-30-2017 12:48 AM

Absolutely stunning ! Beautiful job !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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Chuck McIntyre

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#11 posted 05-04-2017 06:15 PM

Very well done. Looks fantastic!

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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