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My wife and I are finally setting about finishing up our kitchen. We haven't had a kitcen sink for about 3 months because we haven't had any cabinets. You can't blame this on me, however, because she wanted her office before her kitchen so I had to make the office desk first. The first step was to design the lower cabinets. I wanted to have a unique set of cabinets, but still have some traditional elements. The cabinets have posts at all the corners and any major transitions. This will give them more of a furniture look. Also, since we tiled the floor all the way to the wall the cabinets are going to be completely open at the bottom without a kickplate. This will further enhance the furniture effect. I made the design in Google Sketch up. I've gotten quite handy with that program and highly suggest it to anyone who wishes to see their work before they build it without having to use mock ups. The cabinets will be oak and walnut. There are no drawer fronts or cabinet doors present yet. The open end is going to be shelves.



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My wife and I are finally setting about finishing up our kitchen. We haven't had a kitcen sink for about 3 months because we haven't had any cabinets. You can't blame this on me, however, because she wanted her office before her kitchen so I had to make the office desk first. The first step was to design the lower cabinets. I wanted to have a unique set of cabinets, but still have some traditional elements. The cabinets have posts at all the corners and any major transitions. This will give them more of a furniture look. Also, since we tiled the floor all the way to the wall the cabinets are going to be completely open at the bottom without a kickplate. This will further enhance the furniture effect. I made the design in Google Sketch up. I've gotten quite handy with that program and highly suggest it to anyone who wishes to see their work before they build it without having to use mock ups. The cabinets will be oak and walnut. There are no drawer fronts or cabinet doors present yet. The open end is going to be shelves.



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One suggestion is that you at least install the uppers first. Otherwise you will be crawling all over your cabinets to install them. I had another teacher one year approach me about Thanksgiving about doing her kitchen. There were 42 feet of linear cabinets, which included 37 raised panel doors. By the way, she needed the base cabinets installed by Dec 31, so that she could have the countertop measured for some deal that expired Jan 1. So I had to break my own rule and build the bases first and get them installed. Come late Jan when the uppers were done, it was not fun trying to install the uppers. Got the job done though.
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My wife and I are finally setting about finishing up our kitchen. We haven't had a kitcen sink for about 3 months because we haven't had any cabinets. You can't blame this on me, however, because she wanted her office before her kitchen so I had to make the office desk first. The first step was to design the lower cabinets. I wanted to have a unique set of cabinets, but still have some traditional elements. The cabinets have posts at all the corners and any major transitions. This will give them more of a furniture look. Also, since we tiled the floor all the way to the wall the cabinets are going to be completely open at the bottom without a kickplate. This will further enhance the furniture effect. I made the design in Google Sketch up. I've gotten quite handy with that program and highly suggest it to anyone who wishes to see their work before they build it without having to use mock ups. The cabinets will be oak and walnut. There are no drawer fronts or cabinet doors present yet. The open end is going to be shelves.



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Teachers pet? Very wise, very wise. You got paid, had fun, & probaly passed your classes as well ;)
 

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My wife and I are finally setting about finishing up our kitchen. We haven't had a kitcen sink for about 3 months because we haven't had any cabinets. You can't blame this on me, however, because she wanted her office before her kitchen so I had to make the office desk first. The first step was to design the lower cabinets. I wanted to have a unique set of cabinets, but still have some traditional elements. The cabinets have posts at all the corners and any major transitions. This will give them more of a furniture look. Also, since we tiled the floor all the way to the wall the cabinets are going to be completely open at the bottom without a kickplate. This will further enhance the furniture effect. I made the design in Google Sketch up. I've gotten quite handy with that program and highly suggest it to anyone who wishes to see their work before they build it without having to use mock ups. The cabinets will be oak and walnut. There are no drawer fronts or cabinet doors present yet. The open end is going to be shelves.



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I guess i should clarify. I am the shop teacher in my building, so I always get asked to do stuff like this. Currently I am working on a family room which has a bar which I built this past summer, and the built-in bookshelvs which surround the fireplace are in progress now. Will post pics later when completed.
 

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My wife and I are finally setting about finishing up our kitchen. We haven't had a kitcen sink for about 3 months because we haven't had any cabinets. You can't blame this on me, however, because she wanted her office before her kitchen so I had to make the office desk first. The first step was to design the lower cabinets. I wanted to have a unique set of cabinets, but still have some traditional elements. The cabinets have posts at all the corners and any major transitions. This will give them more of a furniture look. Also, since we tiled the floor all the way to the wall the cabinets are going to be completely open at the bottom without a kickplate. This will further enhance the furniture effect. I made the design in Google Sketch up. I've gotten quite handy with that program and highly suggest it to anyone who wishes to see their work before they build it without having to use mock ups. The cabinets will be oak and walnut. There are no drawer fronts or cabinet doors present yet. The open end is going to be shelves.



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I love the design of the bottom cabinets but you forgot to draw the dust bunnies under the cabinets. While your at it, see if you can figure out a way to sweep that corner without bringing in a trained ferret or something. LOL.

Seriously though, maybe a receded kickplate that doesn't show would be better so the sweeping could still be done without too much hassel. Or, put the cabinets on real live wheels so they can be moved for cleaning. Also, I have cabinets that don't go all the way to the ceiling and they stay dusty on top because I recently broke my leg and my wife has back problems. Next time, I'm going to sacrifice a little asthetically for more practicality.

Good luck either way,
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My wife and I are finally setting about finishing up our kitchen. We haven't had a kitcen sink for about 3 months because we haven't had any cabinets. You can't blame this on me, however, because she wanted her office before her kitchen so I had to make the office desk first. The first step was to design the lower cabinets. I wanted to have a unique set of cabinets, but still have some traditional elements. The cabinets have posts at all the corners and any major transitions. This will give them more of a furniture look. Also, since we tiled the floor all the way to the wall the cabinets are going to be completely open at the bottom without a kickplate. This will further enhance the furniture effect. I made the design in Google Sketch up. I've gotten quite handy with that program and highly suggest it to anyone who wishes to see their work before they build it without having to use mock ups. The cabinets will be oak and walnut. There are no drawer fronts or cabinet doors present yet. The open end is going to be shelves.



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Dust bunnies was the first thing I thought of when I read that there were no kickplates. Because you will have a continuous countertop it may be hard to wheel the cabinets out as Jim suggests. I would really recommend having some way to control how much dust collects, or at least how much dust (and all the other stuff that seems to collect in a kitchen) is seen between cleaning sessions. Great looking cabinets. When planning out which cabinets are what size it may be useful (if you've not already done this) look at how the cook works in the kitchen. There is the traditional triangle between stove, fridge and sink that you will want to pay attention to and of course still minimizing distances travelled unnecessarily to get required implements. Kind of like our shops, put stuff where it is going to be used most often but still look uncluttered. My 2 cents worth.
 

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My wife and I are finally setting about finishing up our kitchen. We haven't had a kitcen sink for about 3 months because we haven't had any cabinets. You can't blame this on me, however, because she wanted her office before her kitchen so I had to make the office desk first. The first step was to design the lower cabinets. I wanted to have a unique set of cabinets, but still have some traditional elements. The cabinets have posts at all the corners and any major transitions. This will give them more of a furniture look. Also, since we tiled the floor all the way to the wall the cabinets are going to be completely open at the bottom without a kickplate. This will further enhance the furniture effect. I made the design in Google Sketch up. I've gotten quite handy with that program and highly suggest it to anyone who wishes to see their work before they build it without having to use mock ups. The cabinets will be oak and walnut. There are no drawer fronts or cabinet doors present yet. The open end is going to be shelves.



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is this program free if so will it bring any harm to my comp.
 

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Dust Bunnies

When i first designed these cabinets I really wanted to have them look like peices of furniture as opposed to cabinets. The posts go a long way in achieving that look, but I figured taking out the kickplates would really seal the deal. I had thought about the dust bunny conundrum. I figured if dusting underneath the cabinets became too much for my wife and I, I could always add kickplates later without any trouble. I've designed my kitchen like my workshop since I do most of the cooking so all of my tools will be at the ready when I need them.
Since we redid our kitchen and floors we had to take out the brick covered drywall behind the old cabinets they had to come out. So we have been living without a kitchen sink for about 3 months now. We take all of our dishes to the basement mud sink. I'll deal with the pain of putting upper cabinets in after base cabinets.
I was also thinking of making concrete countertops myself for the cabinets. I want a solid surface, but I don't want to spend all of the money for granite. If anyone has any suggestions please tell me.
 

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When i first designed these cabinets I really wanted to have them look like peices of furniture as opposed to cabinets. The posts go a long way in achieving that look, but I figured taking out the kickplates would really seal the deal. I had thought about the dust bunny conundrum. I figured if dusting underneath the cabinets became too much for my wife and I, I could always add kickplates later without any trouble. I've designed my kitchen like my workshop since I do most of the cooking so all of my tools will be at the ready when I need them.
Since we redid our kitchen and floors we had to take out the brick covered drywall behind the old cabinets they had to come out. So we have been living without a kitchen sink for about 3 months now. We take all of our dishes to the basement mud sink. I'll deal with the pain of putting upper cabinets in after base cabinets.
I was also thinking of making concrete countertops myself for the cabinets. I want a solid surface, but I don't want to spend all of the money for granite. If anyone has any suggestions please tell me.
Dust, food and other debris will accumulate under the cabinets if they are left open at the base. One remedy to handling this you might want to consider is this. This little vacuum does a good job of getting into tight spaces. It needs less than 4" of clearance to clean under furniture so it should work under the cabinets. It is only about 14" in diameter so it should be able to navigate under the cabinets. My wife wanted to get me one for the shop but it just doesn't have a large enough capacity to do that.

I can empathize with you about washing the dishes. We just completed a kitchen remodel in August and were without a kitchen for 3 months. When we washed the dishes we had to use a bathroom sink. Needless to say we ended up eating out a lot.

Good luck on the remodel.
 

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Dust Bunnies

When i first designed these cabinets I really wanted to have them look like peices of furniture as opposed to cabinets. The posts go a long way in achieving that look, but I figured taking out the kickplates would really seal the deal. I had thought about the dust bunny conundrum. I figured if dusting underneath the cabinets became too much for my wife and I, I could always add kickplates later without any trouble. I've designed my kitchen like my workshop since I do most of the cooking so all of my tools will be at the ready when I need them.
Since we redid our kitchen and floors we had to take out the brick covered drywall behind the old cabinets they had to come out. So we have been living without a kitchen sink for about 3 months now. We take all of our dishes to the basement mud sink. I'll deal with the pain of putting upper cabinets in after base cabinets.
I was also thinking of making concrete countertops myself for the cabinets. I want a solid surface, but I don't want to spend all of the money for granite. If anyone has any suggestions please tell me.
I'd keep the toe kicks also. The cleaning problems are huge.

As for the robot cleaner-- they are noisy and not as efficient as they could be. I thought of getting one for my house, but after seeing them at a few friend's homes-- I figured a good broom and dustpan and vaccum cleaner was much better.
 

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Dust Bunnies

When i first designed these cabinets I really wanted to have them look like peices of furniture as opposed to cabinets. The posts go a long way in achieving that look, but I figured taking out the kickplates would really seal the deal. I had thought about the dust bunny conundrum. I figured if dusting underneath the cabinets became too much for my wife and I, I could always add kickplates later without any trouble. I've designed my kitchen like my workshop since I do most of the cooking so all of my tools will be at the ready when I need them.
Since we redid our kitchen and floors we had to take out the brick covered drywall behind the old cabinets they had to come out. So we have been living without a kitchen sink for about 3 months now. We take all of our dishes to the basement mud sink. I'll deal with the pain of putting upper cabinets in after base cabinets.
I was also thinking of making concrete countertops myself for the cabinets. I want a solid surface, but I don't want to spend all of the money for granite. If anyone has any suggestions please tell me.
Found a paperback on making concrete counter tops. New house? They are heavy even when using mixing materials to make it lighter. Floor joists solid? LOL
 

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Bought the Plywood

I finally went out and spent the money on the plywood for the lower cabinet carcasses. I got five sheets of red oak ply from my local hard woods supply store. The last time I had made some cabinets I had just finished watching Norm's kitchen remodel on "The New Yankee Workshop." On that show, he use prefinished ply to make the carcases. I did the same thing and it was fantastic. I didn't have to work to get into the corners or the recesses of the cabinets to finish them. So I now have to get to work finishing five sheets of oak ply during the end of fall when its starting to get pretty cold. It might take me a while to finish them, but it is worth it to save me the trouble of getting into the corners especially since finishing a piece is the part I don't look forward to in any project.
 

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Bought the Plywood

I finally went out and spent the money on the plywood for the lower cabinet carcasses. I got five sheets of red oak ply from my local hard woods supply store. The last time I had made some cabinets I had just finished watching Norm's kitchen remodel on "The New Yankee Workshop." On that show, he use prefinished ply to make the carcases. I did the same thing and it was fantastic. I didn't have to work to get into the corners or the recesses of the cabinets to finish them. So I now have to get to work finishing five sheets of oak ply during the end of fall when its starting to get pretty cold. It might take me a while to finish them, but it is worth it to save me the trouble of getting into the corners especially since finishing a piece is the part I don't look forward to in any project.
Pre-finishing is a great idea. Thanks.
 

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I finally went out and spent the money on the plywood for the lower cabinet carcasses. I got five sheets of red oak ply from my local hard woods supply store. The last time I had made some cabinets I had just finished watching Norm's kitchen remodel on "The New Yankee Workshop." On that show, he use prefinished ply to make the carcases. I did the same thing and it was fantastic. I didn't have to work to get into the corners or the recesses of the cabinets to finish them. So I now have to get to work finishing five sheets of oak ply during the end of fall when its starting to get pretty cold. It might take me a while to finish them, but it is worth it to save me the trouble of getting into the corners especially since finishing a piece is the part I don't look forward to in any project.
Looking forward to some pictures!
 

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Bought the Plywood

I finally went out and spent the money on the plywood for the lower cabinet carcasses. I got five sheets of red oak ply from my local hard woods supply store. The last time I had made some cabinets I had just finished watching Norm's kitchen remodel on "The New Yankee Workshop." On that show, he use prefinished ply to make the carcases. I did the same thing and it was fantastic. I didn't have to work to get into the corners or the recesses of the cabinets to finish them. So I now have to get to work finishing five sheets of oak ply during the end of fall when its starting to get pretty cold. It might take me a while to finish them, but it is worth it to save me the trouble of getting into the corners especially since finishing a piece is the part I don't look forward to in any project.
This may be a dumb question.

If prefinishing includes varnish, will glue still bond to it?
 

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Bought the Plywood

I finally went out and spent the money on the plywood for the lower cabinet carcasses. I got five sheets of red oak ply from my local hard woods supply store. The last time I had made some cabinets I had just finished watching Norm's kitchen remodel on "The New Yankee Workshop." On that show, he use prefinished ply to make the carcases. I did the same thing and it was fantastic. I didn't have to work to get into the corners or the recesses of the cabinets to finish them. So I now have to get to work finishing five sheets of oak ply during the end of fall when its starting to get pretty cold. It might take me a while to finish them, but it is worth it to save me the trouble of getting into the corners especially since finishing a piece is the part I don't look forward to in any project.
They will stick, but I don't think it would last as long as it would if it weren't finished. However, the only place where the glue really comes into play is on the faceframes. I put a groove in the middle of the frames to glue them on to the plywood. So the glue will have an open unfinished edge to hold onto. Otherwise, where the plywood to plywood joints occur i use rabbets and screws. So there will be some glue strengh, and pocket screws to hold them. Even if the glue does eventually fail the screws should still hold the joint fast. I'll try to get some pictures going here in the next week or so.
 
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