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Project by James E McIntyre posted 01-25-2021 10:17 PM 1542 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s what the cabinet looked like before I converted it to the A & C style.

I used the wood for the rails and stiles from the original kitchen cabinet doors I replaced in the A &C kitchen cabinets project I completed a while ago. With lumber prices so high it paid to recycle them.

They also matched the face frame wood.

Cutting out the squares for the decorative piece under the left drawer.

This part was attacked with pocket screws.


Here I’m sanding the finish off the rails and stiles I cut from the old cabinet doors.

Sanding the face frames with an orbital sander.

Gluing on the oak plywood panel base with titebond, f-clamps, 12” deep reach c-clamps and wall braces.


Installing the side panels piece by piece to get a perfect fit.

I used the overlay draw fronts for the new inset draw fronts.


Sawing the rear top of the drawers at a 45• angle so they would fit the slides which are now set back behind the frame.
The drawers were built for an overlay style and are deeper/higher than if they were built for an inset style so they have to be tilted in to get over the front wheel on the glide.

You can also do this with a hand plane.


Cutting the slides to fit behind the face frames.


Installing the slides with a leveling jig I made.

Staining the face frame.

This is the third bathroom I’ve done and have one more to go. My knees and back will be glad when it’s finished.

Thanks for visiting.

-- James E McIntyre





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 01-25-2021 10:30 PM

That is a beautiful cabinet, James!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 01-25-2021 10:30 PM

Fabuliscious!

I liked how you reused the old parts. The new look has so much more going on than the original.
Not to knock the original, but even though it looked to be in excellent condition, It just looks like every other cabinet out there (yawn)

Red oak I assume?

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#3 posted 01-25-2021 10:30 PM

A definite improvement! looking sharp!

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#4 posted 01-25-2021 10:39 PM

Truly fantastic. What’s not to like about it.

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#5 posted 01-25-2021 11:18 PM

Great Work! Did you route a different profile on your door frames?
I want to do this to my 2 baths as well. Not necessarily the Arts & Craft look, but something different. I have but haven’t used yet the “Infinity 3-Pc. Cabinetmaker’s Art Deco Router Bit Set” I may use for this.

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James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 01-25-2021 11:30 PM



That is a beautiful cabinet, James!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


Thanks Jim!

-- James E McIntyre

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 01-25-2021 11:31 PM



Fabuliscious!

I liked how you reused the old parts. The new look has so much more going on than the original.
Not to knock the original, but even though it looked to be in excellent condition, It just looks like every other cabinet out there (yawn)

Red oak I assume?

- splintergroup

Thanks splinter. Yes red oak. I wish three old face frames were QSWO.

-- James E McIntyre

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 01-25-2021 11:33 PM



A definite improvement! looking sharp!

- murrayintokyo


A definite improvement! looking sharp!

- murrayintokyo

Thanks Murray in Tokyo

-- James E McIntyre

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James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 01-25-2021 11:33 PM



Truly fantastic. What s not to like about it.

- BurlyBob

Thanks Bob.

-- James E McIntyre

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 01-25-2021 11:40 PM


Great Work! Did you route a different profile on your door frames?
I want to do this to my 2 baths as well. Not necessarily the Arts & Craft look, but something different. I have but haven t used yet the “Infinity 3-Pc. Cabinetmaker s Art Deco Router Bit Set” I may use for this.

- RDan

R Dan, I just made a standard shaker style door with 1/2” stub tenons and added some A& C center slats.

The Art Deco detail in the cabinet door would be nice. I’ll have to look up that bit.
Thanks for the comment.

-- James E McIntyre

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jkm312

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#11 posted 01-26-2021 01:15 AM

James

You took that from everyday looks and really made it pop! Repurposing and recycling makes it all that much more unique.

Looking forward to see what you do with bathroom 2.0!

Well done Sir!

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#12 posted 01-26-2021 01:44 AM

Fantastic looking work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#13 posted 01-26-2021 02:14 AM

Great looking cabinet, and reuse.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#14 posted 01-26-2021 02:16 AM

Beautiful work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#15 posted 01-26-2021 03:58 AM

You converted one of the most unloved items (found in seemingly every house) and made it into something both uniquely attractive and functional. Very nice work and a really sharp looking cabinet.

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