This was my first attempt at cabinets

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Project by OldKranky posted 01-07-2012 05:53 PM 3903 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were having a house built and I told my wife that i would like to try to build the kitchen and bathroom cabinets to save money and she thought I was nuts. I signed up for a cabinet making class at Lee Valley Tools. And of course I had to buy some tools as well. My favorite tool so far is my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig and I used it extensively on this project as you will see in the pics. The frame is 3/4 pine with MDF panels and the door frames are made from some leftover maple hardwood flooring that was given to me.

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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Bob Costello

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#1 posted 01-07-2012 05:57 PM

Well done! Better looking than store bought and you will be able to say “I did that”. You should be proud.

(You gotta share the secret of how you keep the garage/workshop so neat! I haven’t mastered that trick yet.)

-- Bob Costello

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 06:00 PM

Oldkrankey Don’t ya just love the Kreg Jig? Vary nice work, is it your own design?

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 06:04 PM

Looks great, especially all installed.

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 06:35 PM

Very nice vanity ,very nice design.Well done.

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#5 posted 01-07-2012 06:57 PM

Even after 20+ years of woodworking, I still get the “are you sure you can really do that?” or the “do you really want to spend your time making that?” from my better half. I just remind her how much cheaper it will be and how I can customize it to fit in our house’s decor.

You did a great job on that vanity – looks absolutely better then any store bought….you deserve a good “told you so” but just don’t say it out loud….and do not use it to justify another project….just remind her how much you are saving from buying commercial “junk” and how you can customize it on the next go.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 01-07-2012 07:17 PM

WOW. That really looks nice, especially installed in the bathroom. Congratulations.

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#7 posted 01-07-2012 08:12 PM

First attempt? Yeah right! Looks like a pro

They look great!

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#8 posted 01-07-2012 09:23 PM

Great looking cabinet.
Be Proud!

-- Bill, "GreyLion" ,Montana, Eph 2:8

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#9 posted 01-07-2012 10:26 PM

First cabinets? Bravo sir. Those are excellent!

The extent of my cabinetry is surreptitiously replacing crappy pressboard-construction drawers one at a time. Any minute now SOMEbody is going to notice the cabinets seem stronger than they remember, or not.

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#10 posted 01-07-2012 11:38 PM

Hey, this is great! Excellent design and build.

And, I’m with you on the pocket hole jig. It’s some of the best money I ever spent – I love it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 01-07-2012 11:56 PM

I’m gonna have to buy one of those pockethole jigs. I’ve been really trying to do classic hand cut joinery for most things, but part of the reason my wife would prefer to buy most things is because of the time it takes to complete and my wife is not very patient. I told her I wanted to attempt to build some bar stools after our cheap $29 imported tin metal bar stools fell apart and she looked at me like I had two heads. And she knows how much decent bar stools cost! hahaha! I saw some plans for some simple pocket hole joinery bar stools on Lowes’ website with a video and everything. Seems like it would take a weekend to turn out 2 decent barstools, where using mortise and tenon and the whole works might take me a little longer. The cabinet looks great! I really like it!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#12 posted 01-08-2012 12:31 AM

1st time huh? I charge $350 a linear ft for work like that.

-- Michael

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#13 posted 01-08-2012 02:06 AM

I’m in the middle of my first set of cabinets too. You’ve inspired me to get back to work. Beautiful, professional-looking cabinets.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#14 posted 01-08-2012 03:12 AM

Can’t wait to see your next project. Looks Great!!!

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#15 posted 01-08-2012 03:33 AM

Gave the Kreg a workout, I see. I love that thing!

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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