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Posted on Remodel Woodworking - Cabinets, Built-ins, Doors

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#1 posted 12-28-2018 03:19 AM

There is no way to answer this question without knowing how well you’re equipped with tools to complete these jobs. A simple deciding question would be do you have a TS, jointer, planer and at least 3 routers with matched rail & stile sets for cabinet & entry doors? If you’re well equipped then the next question I would have is do you have an CAD or sketchup experience to completely draw out the project prior to starting? Lastly what is your timeline for completion, how do you measure time consumption?

From my experience, I just completed redoing all of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts for the kitchen and 3 bathrooms, a bit over 40 pieces. I did full layout drawings in Sketchup to generate cut lists and cut diagrams for sheet goods. Of those 40 pieces, I screwed up two door measurements and had to remake, 1 door twisted a bit in glue up, re did that one two. All in all, woodworking from rough stock to assembled pieces took 3 full days in the shop. Applying the painted finish, (had to match existing cabinets) took a bit over two weeks start to finish before I could install the new doors & drawers.

I do not claim expert status, but I’m very familiar with my tools and set ups for the doors. My reason for doing the build myself was that it would be a bit more than $3k to have the doors made and delivered ready to install vs. $350 for materials and some tools to do the work myself.

With good attention to detail, strong skills in measuring and layout, PLUS the patience to do multiple practice set ups yes you can do this and you’re the only one who can decide whether or not it’s crazy. For me if I had to do this again, I would be strongly considering writing a $3k check.

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