Kitchen Cabinets

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Project by darryl posted 01-15-2007 03:34 AM 2321 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second project to start (that’s right “start”, not finish!) were some kitchen cabinets for my wife.

Thinking to myself “How hard can a plate rack be?” I dove into making these cabinets. I didn’t read anysort of cabinet standards before starting. I basically measured our plates and bowls and got to work.

Should I ever make cabinets again, I’m sure I would do things differently (much differently!), but still think this was a great learning example.

I’m also quite happy that after hanging in the kitchen for a couple years now, they are not showing any signs of wood movement issues.

The cabinets are made out of Pine purchased from the Home Depot and the doors have strips of Douglas Fir that were scraps from my first Adirondack chair.

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#1 posted 01-15-2007 06:16 AM

Good old fashioned cabinets! How much of the dark color is stain and how much is age? In the past I have some pine projects that have oxidized so I’m thinking of using a light stain next time just so the buyers won’t be suprized.

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#2 posted 01-15-2007 01:34 PM

these are wonderful!!
and so what were some of your learning curve lessons?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 01-16-2007 02:26 AM


the cabinets are stained with a minwax ipswich pine. and then a few coats of semi-gloss poly.

what I learned? I would have done the plate rack differently, that’s for sure. The dowels are simply recessed into the top of the cabinet and the shelf. If I were to do it again, I would design the dowel dividers as a sub-assembly so that they could be assembled and then installed into the cabinet. It really made for a nightmare when it came time to assemble this thing doing it the way I did.

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#4 posted 06-13-2008 01:18 PM

Nice cabinets.

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