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

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#1 posted 01-05-2019 05:08 PM

Mike has excellent advice that mirrors a lot of what I went through when building my cabinets.

However I found that S3S lumber I could get from my supplier(s) was not true enough to satisfy my quality requirements. I still had to joint and plane it to get it within the tolerances for square and flat (it mostly had a tendency to cup and twist). So I have a 2004 era Ridgid planer and a newish Grizzly 6” jointer.

I spent probably 40% of total time either building something to help build the cabinets, assembly table, many, many various jigs, or cleaning organizing my shop because I can’t do quality work in a disorganized and dirty shop.

My 3 years was in weekends and holidays. Sept through April a little less as Saturdays were typically taken. I’d estimate about 150 days though total would be about right.

I did two practice cabinets for a bathroom before starting on kitchen cabinets. That was invaluable. In retrospect I can’t imagine the kitchen cabinets coming out like they did if I had not done the practice cabinets. The practice cabinets look ok, but I learned so much while doing them that I applied to the kitchen cabinets. Very, very good advice by Mike there.

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