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

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#1 posted 12-28-2018 06:31 PM

This is funny. You sound like me about 5 years ago.

I decided to build my own cabinets because I didn’t feel like I could find anyone I could trust to build them for me. It wasn’t a money issue as much as a “I got a different story from every cabinet maker I called” story. I had dabbled in woodworking but nothing ever serious. I naively thought it would take me 6 to 9 months to finish.

It took 3 years.

My first big purchase was a Grizzly 1023RLW. My second was a 6” jointer. IMHO a good table saw, jointer and planer are necessary. I tried to get by without a jointer at the start, then went cheap with a benchtop jointer, then threw it all away and bought a decent Grizzly jointer with a spiral cutting head. (Tearout was a problem (actually continues to be a problem with my planer)). I want a good planer. Anyone got one to sell in Southern California?

I built two bathroom vanities as practice cabinets before starting on the kitchen cabinets. I designed each cabinet in Autodesk Inventor (crucial for getting dimensions and cut lists correct), and then built the cabinets one at a time and staged them in my living room until they were all finished and we were ready for the kitchen demo.

Photo of one of the cabinets during the install is here…

It can be done, but expect it to take longer than you think.

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