Well, I kinda sold out.
Day job stayed hectic longer and the wife just wanted the kitchen finished, so I went pre-made. :( The cost wasn’t so bad (building them myself), finish was already done (I don’t have a good spray booth yet), and it gave me time to do other work on mechanicals, flooring, etc.
Ended up with a similar design, but 1/2” overlay with beaded outer edge doors, which gives the inset look from a distance. Went with CabinetAuthority.com, who are resellers of Conestoga products.
I will post some pictures of the assembly (it was still a lot of work) later. I also have to make the oven cabinet almost entirely myself, since the openings and shelf heights are custom. They provided the face frame, but all the routing and sides will be me.
Door and drawers were perfect. Well worth the money and they ended up looking great.
Hardware (Blum hinges and slides, lazy susan, etc) was cheaper than you can get online.
Face frames were well made and the finish matched everything else.
I did have problems with the carcasses. They have some real quality control issues there with their CNC machines. The grooves for the bottom and top panels were off by a lot. I built the first cabinet and could not get it square or get the bottom seated properly in the face frame. It was off by 1/16”. It turned out the left sides were the ones out of whack. Looks like a machine went out of calibration and they ran a bunch of parts at the same time.
To their credit, they shipped replacements immediately, so customer support is definitely there. But I lost a lot of time (and momentum as I had to start and stop a lot while waiting for parts).
Overall, I am glad I went this route as it will mean a new kitchen in October, rather than December. I do feel like a sellout, though.
I’ll keep this series alive with the oven cabinet build and the vent hood cover. They wanted $1k+ for a maple box!!! Since we were going to paint that a contrasting color anyway, I will definitely do that one myself.
-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.