For about a year now, I’ve been interested in trying my hand at building a cabinet. This summer (2011) while moving things around in the laundry room we discovered the particleboard floor cabinet in this room was beginning to crumble.
Make another from particle board!!! Sorry LJs. Its my first cabinet. I’m not going to shed the bucks for a sheet of 3/4” 11-ply baltic birch on my first attempt. However, I did want to work with prefinished sheet goods for the first time. I decided to go with a 3/4” melamine skinned with Norwegian Maple.
I quickly built the carcass.
I was pretty happy with the tight jointery.
I have made faceframes before so I went right to the solid maple to build the actual faceframe with pocket screw joints. (Seen below)
Many weeks passed as I was shopping for the right cabinet-maker’s router bit set for the doors. My generic bits finally arrived in the mail. I first made a prototype out of pine. I’m using most of the same dimensions as the cabinet I am replacing… however, when building the door, I forgot I widened the cabinet by 1 inch. See the skinny little door below. Oh well. That’s what prototypes are for right?
Next I begin the actual door stiles and rails out of solid maple. Here I learned a little bit about snipe on my router table. One set of opposing joints are open
while the other pair of opposing joints are tight.
My router table fence is one single piece for the in-feed and the out-feed. I was able to fix this on the second door by clamping a single lining of cardboard (cut from a Eggos box) to the fence on the out-feed side of the bit. This prevented the work piece from falling into the bit as the tail of the work piece left the in-feed fence.
Since this is for a laundry room, I might just wood fill the crack. On the brighter side, my measuring paid off in the long run as both doors meet perfectly in the middle with a 1/32” gap covering the wider faceframe.