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07-02-2020 10:35 AM

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I’m in the process of refining a design for kitchen cabinets. We currently have painted mdf and after 4 years they are beat to hell. This will be my first time building cabinets and am look for advice on materials and finishes that can withstand the perils of my family. My initial idea is to use 3/4 Baltic birch, frameless box/s, & poly finish.

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#1 posted 07-02-2020 12:00 PM

Your plan is good. If by “poly” you refer to an oil based finish, don’t put it inside the boxes, though itdoesn’t look like any of them need an interior finish.

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#2 posted 07-02-2020 07:40 PM

Search your area for a plywood supplier. I’ve learned that even though they’ll say wholesale only, they will do what they call a contractor sale at the counter. Your sheet size will create a lot of waste since the BB is only in 5’x5’. You can get very good quality plywood A/C zero void and 13+ plys, over sized 4’x8’. I’m guessing that if thats a 30” range you won’t have any drawers much over 24” and since they do not appear very deep, IE heavy pot and pan drawers, you can likely use 5/8 or 16 mm for the boxes and then 3/4 or 19 mm for the faces, it looks like you could use a single sheet for all of the faces and run the grain across the entire cabinet face.

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#3 posted 07-02-2020 08:16 PM

I should have turned on the measurements for the screen grabs. The box dimensions are H30.5”, W36”, L72”. The drawer depths are 30” and widths, roughly 22” (we have a lot of pots and pans) I was planning on using Blum standard rails for the smaller drawers and Blum tandem rails for the tall drawers. For the finish I was looking at an oil rub and a hard coat.

The local plywood place has a large selection. I’ve done a few projects using 3/4 maple (radial)veneer and it’s worked well but for this their Russian Birch looks like it’s a bit better quality. The cut offs from the main cabinet will provide a majority of material for the drawers.

The current cabinets are painted MDF and looked new when we moved in 4 years ago but now are beat to hell. I’m hoping these replacements will be easier to keep clean and don’t suffer water damage. My wife and kid are not careful or tidy (read: they’re slobs

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#4 posted 07-02-2020 08:17 PM

use pre finished plywood.

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#5 posted 07-02-2020 09:42 PM

use pre finished plywood.

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There just isn’t anything you need to do to it, plus you can try 1,000 products, and not best it’s ability to clean, and stay fresh.

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