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Project by Bill Hall posted 04-14-2012 04:13 AM 1940 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At the request of my wife and as thanks for letting us live with them while we searched for a new home, I built these for my Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law. It took a year working partially in their one car garage and partially at our new home. A variety of things made it take that long, but in the end I’m happy with it. The doors and face frames are solid poplar and the carcases are birch ply. The trim and crown is from Lowes. I hate doing crown molding.


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#1 posted 04-14-2012 01:13 PM

Very nice work. Congratulations on a fine piece.

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#2 posted 04-14-2012 01:39 PM

Spectacular work, looks really grand

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 03:23 AM

I think you did a great job and the Crown molding makes it really POP
Well done
Wait a minute if I do that my wife will have me building it next weekend LOL

Now if only I can come up with a design as nice as yours

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 10:01 PM

Amazing, I’m getting ready to build this for a relative, well almost the exact same piece. I too will be using birch ply and poplar, and molding from the Borg. Did you use birch ply from Lowes? How did you paint yours? Thanks for sharing…

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 03:07 AM

Thanks all! I appreciate your comments. NoChatter, I got my ply from a local distributor. It was quite a bit more expensive than the stuff at Lowes, but it was very stable. I never had any issues with warp and the veneer layer was pretty thick. Matt Vanderlist of Matt’s Basement Workshop used MDO on a project and I might try that on my next painted project. No or little sanding and takes paint well. I just have to find a place to buy it. I sprayed paint with my Earlex to finish it. I used HYDROCOTE® RESISTHANE™ WHITE FINISH from I had to thin it, but it sprayed pretty well.


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#6 posted 04-18-2012 02:08 AM

Thanks for all your helpful information, especially on the Hydrocote. I’m difinitely going to try that. Did you have to thin it a lot or very little. I too have the Earlex – I have the 5000 model, not the newer 5500 one. Did you use connector bolts to tie all the pieces together? And did you paint before construction or after? With some much ply, I’m considering painting it before construction/cutting. How many coats did you use? And I assume you used no primer? I was thinking about using dewaxed shellac as my primer. Thanks again…

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#7 posted 05-03-2012 01:20 AM

I didn’t thin it that much. I used glue and pocket-hole screws to join the cabinets. I did create rabbets as well. It helped with rigidity and with alignment. I painted after assembly. I did two coats of primer and one to two coats of paint. I used the primer from hood finishing. Hope this helps.


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