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Painter's Cabinets
What the heck was I getting into?

Seriously, this is the first project I have ever created for anyone besides myself. I made 15 large cabinets from Poplar and 5 smaller cabinets. I will post more about the smaller cabinets later on. The cabinets will be painted so they requested that I only sand them to 180 grit and they would take it from there. No finishing…

Here is a picture of the interior of the prototype I created for the group before they agreed that I could make the cabinets:

Painters Cabinet Prototype

The cabinet is not necessarily my cup of tea, but I got paid to make them. It doesn’t get any better that that!

-- "Measure Twice, Cut Once" --- If only I could remember this!

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#1 posted 06-05-2008 04:53 AM

VERY NICE INDEED !!! The room that you are storing them in is beautiful …please tell me that it’s not your workshop !!!! hahahaahahaa

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 06-05-2008 05:13 AM

That’s a lot of cabinets! Nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 06-05-2008 05:33 AM

Nice Looking cabinets. Cannot remember ever making a cabinet for someone with out having to finish it. Hope I might have that opportunity some day. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 06-05-2008 06:02 AM

wow…thats a job!!! did you enjoy getting a chance to repeat steps over and over (clearly you arent a beginner)...i love the idea of getting a chancew to build—-with LITTLE SANDING>...

very nice! WELCOME TO LJ’s!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 06-05-2008 01:06 PM

Nice Looking cabinets.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#6 posted 06-05-2008 01:47 PM

Really, I would say that, that’s the beauty of this project. By repeating the same steps over and over you most likely made really good time on them. They look great, by the way.

-- JJohn

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#7 posted 06-05-2008 04:00 PM

Good looking project! I’m curious to know if you’re like me though…do you find yourself just wanting to “go look at ‘em” several times a day for no particular reason?

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Stephen Fields

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#8 posted 06-06-2008 03:44 AM

@Jarrod – Looks can be deceiving. I spent a lot of nights going over the process for the next day. That was the only way I could stay on track.

@Dusty56 – No, that is my Living Room. I did not have enough room in my garage, which is my workshop, to store the cabinets and work on them at the same time. I ended up moving from Living Room to Garage too many times, that’s for sure.

@Napaman – I really am a beginner. While that was a lot of cabinets, I had never installed a hinge, made a frame and panel door, made a drawer (for the smaller cabinets) before. I had only read about these things. There were a whole lot of firsts while making those cabinets.

@jjohn – It took me a whole lot longer than I expected. Of course being a beginner, I did not place a whole lot of stock in my estimate. I’m embarrassed to say how long it took. I made schedule though, and that is what counts.

@Randy – Dude, I thought I was the only one who did that!!!!

Everyone else, thanks for the nice comments. Posting this is actually quite a big step for me.

-- "Measure Twice, Cut Once" --- If only I could remember this!

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 06-06-2008 03:33 PM


You have every right to be proud of your accomplishment. These are a nice set of cabinets. And you got paid to play with your power tools. What a wonderful situation to be in!!!!!

But I can tell you that without a doubt if I had asked permission to work on the cabinetry in my living room I probably would have been yelled at (even more so than I already am). :)

Nice job. Congratulations on the commission. I hope there are many more in your future.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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