Hot Wall Cabinetry – Kitchen Remodel

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Project by JBrow posted 12-29-2017 11:07 PM 847 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

When the kitchen relocation was complete, replacing the tired and worn cabinetry that hung in the old kitchen and rehung temporarily in the new kitchen was desired. In 2016, the new cabinetry effort began. The first set of cabinets was the cold wall cabinets; a refrigerator surround cabinet, wine racks, upper cabinets, and base cabinets. The second set of cabinets were hot wall cabinets; cabinets located next to the range. Replacing the old cabinets is a slow go with life happening all around me and with limited assembly space in the garage.

Now that the cold wall and hot wall cabinets are in place, the wet wall cabinets are next and will complete the cabinetry.

Design. The shop drawings were completed in August and construction began in September. The cabinets were installed in mid-December 2017. There are four hot wall cabinets, two of which form a tower cabinet that houses the microwave. The cabinets were design to house the microwave oven, pots and pans, flat baking sheets, and larger countertop appliances. The diagonal placement of the range required careful planning to ensure the cabinet did not interfere with the range and the base cabinet drawers open without hitting the range.

Some time was spent during the design to size the drawers to ensure they would house pots and pans and lids without having to nest the posts and pans. Cardboard was used to build drawer mock-ups and the pots and pans arranged in the cardboard model to ensure the drawer boxes would contain the pots and pans.

The home for the flat baking sheets is in a narrow cavity in the space directly above the microwave. The larger cavity adjacent to the baking sheet cubby has a single adjustable shelf. The upper cabinet that sets next to the microwave cabinet has two adjustable shelves.

Materials. The cabinet boxes are ¾” red oak plywood except the upper tower cabinet, where the interior of the cavity housing the microwave can be seen. Walnut plywood was used for this upper section of the microwave cabinet. The shelves and drawer boxes are ¾” red oak. The face frame, doors, and draw fronts are black walnut.

The drawers ride on Knapp and Vogt MuV34 under mount soft-close drawer slides. BL-38N355B.08 Blum 38N Compact Soft Close Hinges were used to hang the doors. Although two hinges per door were probably adequate, three hinges per door were used on the upper cabinet next to the microwave tower cabinet.

EZ Level cabinet levers were installed on the base cabinets, allowing leveling without shims and from the front of the cabinets.

Construction. Being either brave or stupid, I took perhaps an unconventional approach to the construction of the cabinets. The face frames were built first. Then the doors, drawer fronts, and shelves were constructed. These assemblies were moved out of the garage and work began on the drawer boxes. After moving the completed drawer boxes out of the garage, the cabinet boxes were constructed and the face frames added, drawer slides installed, and the drawer fronts applied to the drawer boxes. The cabinets were then installed.

Tongue and dado joinery was used to make the cabinet boxes. The back of the cabinets were inset ¼” from the wall side of the sides to avoid any issues with walls that may not be perfectly flat. As a result, the outside depth of the upper cabinet is 13”; allowing a 12” interior depth.

Where the drawer openings were of sufficient size, the drawer fronts were frame and raised panel construction; otherwise solid panels. The grain on the drawer front panels run vertically to match the grain direction of the doors. The drawer fronts were applied to the drawer box front with screws through slots in the drawer box front.

A 4” long cove recess was cut into the back of the drawer fronts and doors to act as pulls and eliminate the need for exterior mounted pulls.

Work Pending. The crown trim, filler strip at the range, and kick boards are required to complete the cabinet install. The crown trim will be made and installed after the wet wall cabinetry is built and installed. The filler strips and kick boards will be made and installed after the wet wall cabinetry and counter tops are installed. It is likely that the range will have to be moved for the countertop install.

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#1 posted 12-30-2017 12:04 PM

Kudos to you on a great job. Few of us will undertake a whole kitchen build. I like the doors and finish. Well done and you deserve all the tools you got to build this and many more. I am sure the ” what will you make me list ? is big even after this job. Again well done. please see my page for some cutting board ideas or any other project ideas.

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