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Blog series by rhett updated 09-07-2013 12:26 PM 7 parts 26853 reads 23 comments total

Part 1: Basic Base

06-22-2010 08:16 PM by rhett | 13 comments »

Thought I might start a blog to give some insight into how to build a set of custom cabinets for your kitchen. This seems to be on every woodworkers list, and with all the books and instructions out there, it can get a bit confusing. I will focus my attention on a faceframe set of cabinets with 1/2” overlay doors and drawers. The kitchen you build can be as traditional or as funky as you want to get. There are though a few guidelines that need be followed for everything to work out....

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Part 2: Finishing the base ends

06-24-2010 01:58 AM by rhett | 1 comment »

I am going to assume you have read my previous entries for this series, this way I can just keep rambling without backtracking. So, putting a finished end on that base cabinet. There are more than a few ways to do this and unless you are building a galley style, wall to wall kitchen, you will need to think of a way to address this issue. There are more than a few ways to reach your desired destination and each way will give your finished project a look all its own. Let me begin by say...

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Part 3: Simply Turning a Corner

06-28-2010 01:41 AM by rhett | 1 comment »

Now that I have written about basic bases and finished ends, lets address corners. Insides corners to be exact. There are many options for what to do with this common situation, as well as many different ways to accomplish the task. The basic three solutions include a blind corner, an open corner and a 45 degree corner. Each of these have an impact on how functional a kitchen will be. They also each have impacts on budget, or time spent on the shop. Since there are alot of different a...

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Part 4: Where planes soar in a modern shop

05-23-2013 02:00 AM by rhett | 2 comments »

As of late, I have been helping a local cabinet maker get caught up on some work. Nothing fantastic, basic kitchen and bath cabinetry. Spending a few hours a week, building boxes in my shop while he works on the doors/drawers down the hill. Perfect opportunity for extra income to help get the planes flying. It’s also an excellent opportunity to document where old technology still wins in some parts of the modern shop. Let me show you two of the bigger steps in basic cabinetry and...

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Part 5: Furniture Bath Vanity

09-05-2013 10:58 AM by rhett | 2 comments »

Doing a commission for a local architect with whom I’ve worked before. Furniture grade cabinetry or cabinet grade furniture, call it what you will, this is what I’m building. Her borrowed design, tweeked by me. Thought I’ld try to keep track and post photos for other woodworkers. Should be an easy build. The bridle joint at the top of the legs should be fun. This cabinets could easily be adjusted to fit in any bath. Fortunately she is wanting a light colored ...

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Part 6: Woodworkery vanity sides

09-07-2013 12:03 PM by rhett | 3 comments »

Let me start by saying, much love to the guys and gals who work in the shop with the intention of keeping track for others. Working wood is one thing, documenting, organizing and editing is another. Rough cutting a plank of 8/4 ash. Ripped oversize on the TS then squared 2 sides on the jointer. Back to the TS to square 4 sides. Drumsanded out the saw marks then cut to length. I now have 4 pieces of ash 2” sq by 30.5” and 4 pieces 2” sq by 22R...

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Part 7: Woodworkery vanity sides p2

09-07-2013 12:26 PM by rhett | 1 comment »

Must be trying to put too many pics in these blog enteries. So I set-up a sacraficial fence on the TS and wasted out the back edge of the plywood panels. Had to clean up the ends of the stopped grooves, so I used a drill press to remove most of the material then cleaned them up with a chisel. Here is a little cheat to make life easier. Not “fine” work by any means, but remember, this is going into the guest bath of a home, not the foyer of a mansion. Thoug...

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