I have spent most of the year slowly reading through material and gather ideas for this build. I have also been slowly acquiring the last bits of equipment that I thought I’d need to get the job done, the last of which was a router table attachment for my table saw. I’m sure that more stuff will be needed as I move through the process but I am confident I have most of what I need.
I have focused most of the planning around the ideas from Bob Lang’s Book “The Complete Kitchen Cabinet Maker”
It is a great book with TONS of information on how to build you’re kitchen cabinets. I have gone through all the steps that he outlines in his planning chapters and this is what I’ve come up with…
I work in construction and I used Bluebeam PDF to create the elevation views. I wanted to use SketchUp, which I have used in the past but I didn’t want to get carried away with the model. For planning, I think it came out fine. I’ve laid out my walls and still need to go through and confirm alot of these dimensions. The drawings are to scale but I like to double check. I will be transferring the information over to a story pole when I finalize all the details.
Based on Lang’s book… the next step was to create my schedule… as follows.
I think I got that nailed down pretty well. I am currently using that to create my other schedules and cut lists as I move forward with the design. I feel that I am very close to actually starting some cabinet construction. I got mosat of the room prep done over the weekend and will need next weekend to finalize some of that. After that I will move into cabinet construction. This will also give me plenty of time to finalize my design plans and solidify all of schedules. I have already purchased my face frame material and it is acclimating in the rooms where the cabinets will live. I did some rough calculations and over purchased by around 25 % which I hope will give me enough cushion to get the job done and maybe have some left over for some shop projects when I’m done.
-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA