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Chambers

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03-09-2021 05:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: kitchen cabinets dovetails finger joints

Any thoughts on these kitchen cabinets? I can’t tell if the dovetails/finger joints are real, or ornamental on a fake door front and not actually connecting anything. Any thought on how to make this would be appreciated.


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 03-09-2021 05:42 AM

If you are talking about the box joints on the drawers, they look real to me.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 03-09-2021 05:51 AM

How to make it? Box joint jig for router table or blade for table saw. Not even that expensive. 2 examples

https://www.rockler.com/router-table-box-joint-jig

https://www.amazon.com/Freud-20T-Joint-Cutter-SBOX8/dp/B000ASGV1E

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#3 posted 03-09-2021 05:56 AM



If you are talking about the box joints on the drawers, they look real to me.

- Lazyman

Thanks Lazyman, I did mean the box joints on the drawers. If they’re real that means inset drawers right? What type of drawer slides allow for inset drawers without a false front?

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#4 posted 03-09-2021 05:59 AM

Also do you folks have any educated guesses about the wood type?

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#5 posted 03-09-2021 06:06 AM



Also do you folks have any educated guesses about the wood type?

- Chambers

Maybe red alder?

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#6 posted 03-09-2021 06:32 AM

I’m thinking the sliders are probably mounted on the base of the drawer, with the bottom of the drawer further from the base of the drawer to allow for the hardware.

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#7 posted 03-09-2021 09:56 AM



I’m thinking the sliders are probably mounted on the base of the drawer, with the bottom of the drawer further from the base of the drawer to allow for the hardware.

- 18wheelznwood


My thought, but look carefully at the left top and not sure.
No pulls. Dramatic, but would you want that?

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#8 posted 03-09-2021 12:57 PM


I’m thinking the sliders are probably mounted on the base of the drawer, with the bottom of the drawer further from the base of the drawer to allow for the hardware.

- 18wheelznwood

My thought, but look carefully at the left top and not sure.
No pulls. Dramatic, but would you want that?

- tvrgeek

I love the look but I’m not sure that it’s practical. Like, the fronts do not look like sheet goods. Would these be dimensionally stable? And without false fronts would that put more stress on the front of the box and lead to warping?

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#9 posted 03-09-2021 01:44 PM

I believe those are faux box joints for two reasons. First, they appear to be cabinet doors, not drawers (the microwave and the furthest cabinet on the left have drawers. Note the gaps for opening) Second, you can see the cabinet frames behind the cabinet door/drawer fronts. There would be no space for a cabinet frame if they were faceless box-jointed drawers.

I have no idea on the wood, but it is dramatic and I can appreciate the look of the box joints, faux or not. I guess the large gap for the hand relieves any issues with expansion!
JD

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Lazyman

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#10 posted 03-09-2021 02:07 PM

JD may be right. Looking more closely at the near one on the left you can see that the cabinet frame is behind the box joint and I didn’t noticed that there were not any drawer pulls either. Doh! So probably doors with faux box joints. I like the faux look but personally I don’t like the gap at the top. Looks like some thing is missing or unfinished to me.

Red alder is a pretty good guess on the wood. I’ve seen some types of hickory that looks similar but it usually isn’t as knotty.

If you did want to make drawers that look like this, you just have to put the slides underneath and have the front extend below the drawer bottom. I’ve also seen wood runners mounted on the side of the cabinet frames with a stopped groove in the drawer side but that is probably better suited for a small tool cabinet, not kitchen drawers.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 03-09-2021 02:16 PM


If you are talking about the box joints on the drawers, they look real to me.

- Lazyman

Thanks Lazyman, I did mean the box joints on the drawers. If they re real that means inset drawers right? What type of drawer slides allow for inset drawers without a false front?

- Chambers

I was actually looking into this yesterday. I’d say they use undermount drawer slides with the “push to open” feature. That is a great way to go handle-less.

That said, it looks like the right side of the photo is all cabinet doors and the box joints would only be for aesthetics. Unless they’re just REALLY deep drawers…

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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18wheelznwood

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#12 posted 03-09-2021 04:24 PM

I just made these storage boxes for my work bench and I had considered making them drawers, but wanted more flexibility so I made them as boxes instead.

They would look really good as drawers.

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#13 posted 03-11-2021 02:17 AM

Found more photos using a google search.
From this angle, you can see they are clearly real fake joints as they are in front of the bulkheads and not where the sides of a drawer would be.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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