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Forum topic by BoomerBuilt posted 06-14-2021 09:38 PM 432 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2021 09:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet counters

Hi all.
Would somebody be willing to help with some cabinet ideas? I haven’t actually built any properly before. And now look, here I am again, scratching my head on how to put drawers and cupboards in. Anybody have any words I can look up in youtube on how to complete this? I have seen the words face frame but not sure if that applies to me.

This is for an outdoor cabinet at a lake. Well it’s outdoors but under a covered roof. Its gonna have a corner sink where those garbage cans are, and that’s stainless steel for the countertops. Ontop of the plywood I am going to put thin strips of cedar perhaps in a nice pattern.

To get to this current spot, I used 2by4’s and 1/2” plywood (well under the stainless steel is 3/4”). I wanna add some sliding drawers the whole way down for cutlery and bowls. You know like fancy people who have tupperware drawers that slide out… oooooo.

I presume I would finish this off with 2by2 uprights to support the drawers?.... And the whole front would be the 1/2” plywood, except where the doors and drawers are. Am I heading the right way?

Thanks for helping. I appreciate it.

-- You never know what you don’t know.

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#1 posted 06-14-2021 11:14 PM

Hello! I would recommend this book I use it often to make cabinets. I would love to see pictures of your build once it is done. Best of luck!

-- Be safe out there

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#2 posted 06-15-2021 03:39 AM

Thanks Jake229 Ill request my library buys it. Thats the thing about this project. I wish I had gotten a cabinetry book sooner! Looks like it has lots of good reviews.
Yes Ill post an update. Im hoping to get it done soon and into use.

-- You never know what you don’t know.

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#3 posted 06-15-2021 03:47 AM

Watch Sommerfeld tools videos excellent reference on building cabinets.

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#4 posted 06-15-2021 04:17 AM

You might just go to your library and see what they have. Cabinet construction really hasn’t changed a whole lot in the past 100 years. I have a book from the 70s that is still pretty relevant minus the modern european hardware if that is the route you go.

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#5 posted 06-15-2021 11:04 AM

Go look at cabinets and copy them.

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#6 posted 06-15-2021 01:35 PM

I am not sure you need 2×2 to support the drawers…. I use 1x pine all the time for drawer supports.

A simple way I like is to use 1x pine as either runners/supports, attached to the inside of the cabinet, or in a square platform that supports the drawer from underneath. Then build the drawer so that it is a press fit… For an outdoor cabinet, with the materials that you used, I’d make the fit on the looser side.

Then, after applying finish, wax the living crap out of all the mating surfaces to keep it moving.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#7 posted 06-15-2021 04:37 PM

Thanks everybody again. Im headed out there now. I would have copied cabinets at my house that are existing however the 1/2” plywood feels very flimsy so i didn’t wanna pocket hole into them. Good idea on the inset doors. I was gonna do outset but your right insets probably better so I can stick some magnets behind them and keep them tight for the mice.

-- You never know what you don’t know.

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