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

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29 posts in 298 days

#1 posted 01-05-2019 01:50 PM

All, Happy New Year! Thanks for all the comments, feedback, and tips.

Skatefriday and Chefdan—those cabinets look great!!

OldCharlie—yes, your comment highlights how little I know about cabinets, and since I’ve now been trying to educate myself, I can start to see how many construction differences there are. I’m not 100% clear yet on commercial cabinet construction, but can say that I would only want to use solid wood on the doors & drawer fronts and visible surfaces, I would be OK using nice plywood for the not visible carcass and for the rest of the drawers (and don’t mind the drawer front being mounted to a rough drawer that already has a ‘front’). Would definitely be looking for cabinets that have the continuous look, without face framing showing. I’m sure this only makes it more complicated :) Based on this, am I in the 5x effort camp of furniture grade?

Finishing—yes, that is one area that is daunting to me. I don’t mind buying some equipment to do the job right, since I could probably make good use of it otherwise.

I’m still trying to conceptualize what is meant by ‘years’. Is this ‘years’ at 6, 2, or 40 hours per week? I fully expect it will take me 3-5x as long to build something the first time as a pro would take, if I expect quality results. Roughly how many hours of working time would a professional take to build a 5’ wide hanging vanity that has say 2 smaller drawers and 4 cabinet doors?

Speaking of doors… no one touched that topic! How much time can one invest in building a high quality interior 3-panel shaker door?

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