Kitchen Cabinets (McCulloch Family): AKA “The In-Laws”

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Project by Mstateguy posted 10-09-2018 10:02 AM 1227 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The following school year, after construction of the Wood Family cabinets, my confidence picked up a little to take another full kitchen cabinet project. Having difficulties coming up with enough projects to keep students busy, I decided to marry my problem with that of my wife’s grandparents whose 1970’s era cabinets in their original Jim Walter home were in a vast state of disrepair. The cabinets were 90% constructed by my 11th grade class at the time. I had two students that were really interested in the CNC router so they programmed and cut all the doors for this project, 3/4” door grade MDF with a 1” relief 2” from the edge to simulate a raised panel door. These were the first solid surface doors that we attempted in class and I would decide for the future that more material should be removed from the doors as they remained quite heavy. These were also the first cabinets we attempted with a lacquer primer finish rather than stain. Knowing they would be painted, I opted for 3/4” UV1 Birch ply carcasses, putting the pre-finished side to the interior of each cabinet, leaving the insides “no finish required”. The exposed ends after install would be skinned over with 1/4” birch ply, primed and lacquered to match the frames and doors. Face frames were constructed with paint grade maple “soft maple”, and I have since switched to poplar for use on our painted cabinets. Drawers were constructed of 1/2” drawer box material ordered pre-grooved for the bottoms and prefinished. Rather than concealed hinges, full overlay hinges were used for all except the corner units, which were the first cabinets we constructed using the concealed corner hinges that allowed the two doors making the corner to be opened simultaneously. I was very proud of the students (remember, high school kids) on this set. I did the install with my brother in law over the summer and though they were a gift from the wife and I, the kids still got a pizza party from one excited grandmother. Note that a couple of doors are missing in this photo set, they have been installed since the time of the picture

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#1 posted 10-10-2018 05:22 PM

Good looking set of cabinets!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

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#2 posted 10-12-2018 06:55 AM

Beautiful set of cabinets.

I am upgrading my kitchen look and was in need of beautiful cabinets. I am hiring Home Quality Remodeling experts for the San Jose CA kitchen remodeling. I hope they renovate my kitchen in a beautiful way.

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#3 posted 07-11-2019 04:56 PM

These are some really nice cabinets you have made. I do kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling in Dallas TX and we make our own cabinets and cut our own stone for our countertops. I am always looking for useful tips to help improve our kitchen and bath showrooms in Dallas TX. I really love how detailed you are in the step by step process of building these cabinets.

-- Dallas Kitchen Remodeling

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