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Kitchen Cabinets #2: The grand sell-out

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Blog entry by AnthonyC posted 09-15-2011 01:54 PM 919 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

Some observations:
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.



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Earlextech

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#1 posted 09-15-2011 04:09 PM

As a custom cabinetmaker for over 25 years I preferred to build my own cabinets but I also learned that it makes sense to carry a line of premade that works for your business. I chose an all wood premade, faceframe style that came in a couple different woods and a few stains.

It only makes sense to be able to cover both customers that don’t want to spend custom money or that want it in two weeks.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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David

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 06:20 PM

@AnthonyC Who did you end up going with for the pre-made?

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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AnthonyC

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 08:15 PM

CabinetAuthority.com

You have to really know your stuff to order through them, though. There are a lot of default items that are correct, but custom cabinets need to be scrutinized carefully for things like drawer box size for the opening, hinge hole pattern, etc. Their sales staff knows a lot, but YOU are responsible for every little detail, so if something gets missed, you are going to be ordering extra parts.

-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.

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