Wall hanging cabinets

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Project by dtblack posted 05-26-2019 01:20 PM 894 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt to build standard kitchen wall hanging cabinets. These will be for a newly remodeled garage space. I employed some basic cabinet construction fundamentals found on the internet with the idea that if I ended up with a successful build, I would someday replace all the cabinets in my kitchen with my own work.

These are three 30” cabinets built out of solid eastern white pine – no edge laminating or plywood used in the carcass construction, although the backs are tempered hardboard. It was also the first time I attempted to make raised panel doors on the table saw. These are a simple, classic Shaker styled design.

I had never used shellac before, so I figured that this was a good opportunity to experiment with something new. The photo makes the end result look a lot nicer than it really is. This was the premixed Zinsser amber product. Shellac is truly a challenge to work with – flash dry times, lap marks and even coverage were all issues for a novice like me. However, I did start to improve my application techniques by the end of the process. You really have to be an expert brush handler to use shellac effectively. I now have a lot of respect for folks who have mastered this old-fashioned finish.

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#1 posted 05-26-2019 04:12 PM

Very nice job for your first attempt. I think your ready to tackle the kitchen.

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#2 posted 05-26-2019 04:39 PM

Look real nice, to nice for the garage? Been thinking about building some cabinets for the shop, nothing fancy just closed storage, would like to see some of the interiors of your cabinets if possible?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 05-26-2019 07:25 PM

we need more pictures for sure :<)))

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

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Mark Feliciano

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#4 posted 05-26-2019 07:28 PM

So you didn’t say how you felt you did? Did you feel the process project was easy… a challenge…? You feel like you can take on the kitchen?

-- Wood lips, ID

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#5 posted 05-27-2019 10:45 AM

Hi Mark – thanks for taking a look at my cabinets. A lot of folks like to dismiss cabinets by casually remarking, “How hard can it be to build a box?” Which is why I wanted to give them a try, I didn’t believe they were quite as simple as that oft heard statement makes them sound.

I thought I did pretty well for a first try – but these ones are not good enough for a kitchen. There was a lot more math and figuring to make the face frame fit just right on the carcass than I would have guessed was involved. Also a bit of a learning curve with the European cup hinges, with which I had no experience.

I also ended up with some pocket hole joinery visible in the interior of the cabinet, which I would need to sort out before taking on a kitchen. By looking at my current kitchen cabinets, I think the exposed pocket holes I ended up with could be remedied by making a dado in my face frame and adhering it to the carcass that way.

I have attached another photo of the interior per a couple of the comments above.

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 05-27-2019 12:31 PM

Nice job on the cabs.

Watch some YouTube vids on hand padding shellac.

Not hard to learn and much better than brushing.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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