Kitchen Remodel #2: The Prototype Cabinet

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Blog entry by SteveV posted 03-25-2008 03:24 AM 3534 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Kitchen Remodel - Phase 1 Design Part 2 of Kitchen Remodel series Part 3: New Saw!! Big wait :-( »

OK, I’ve been doing this pretty steady now for 3 yrs with a semi real shop and my wife still has her doubts. So when I told her I was going to rebuild our kitchen she was a little skeptical. Once we settled on the design (the one I talked her into), I decided to build a cabinet for our bathroom renovation that would incorporate all the design feature of the new kitchen cabinets. Now she has something to look at. This will also allow me to work out the paint scheme.

Hardware … I thought this would be the easy part … I was wrong. I was planning on using non-mortised hinges but my wife doesn’t want to see the hinge hardware. So now I need to figure out what to use. The doors and drawers will all be inset. I’m pretty sure I ‘m going to stick with Blum hardware (any comments?). Figuring out which hinges to use has been a small challenge. There seems to be so many types, degrees, and models. I think I’ve settled on 120 degree ClipTop hinges for inset doors. Still not sure if I need to add blocking for the hinge plate. I did notice that McFeely’s was selling a Mepla hinge designed for inset doors with a beaded face frame Maybe I should just get these to make it simple. The other thing that gets me is the hinge and “plate” are sold separately in some places. I guess that makes some sense since it looks like the plate is what makes it 1/2, 1/3 overlay, or inset. Anyone have any advice here for a beaded face frame with inset doors?? The there are drawer slides … my big question here is length. I guess the hinge length will be the same as the drawer box length??

Again, these “painted” cabinets were inspired by the ones Norm featured on the New Yankee workshop. I’m about 8/10th of the way complete and I’m already surprised how long it can take to get this all worked out and built. Below are some pictures of the progress and details.

Lower corner detail
Lower corner cabinet detail

Front with first door frame set in

End panel and door frame molding detail

End panel – any exposed cabinet end will be finished with a panel

Face frame detail – This was made on the router table then mitered and installed inside face frame

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 03:35 AM

this is coming together great. i like the whole look of it and the look of the feet and doors. can’t wait for the next installment.

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 04:49 AM

I would say it’s on it’s way. Don’t weaken.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 05:47 AM

It looks great so far. Inset drawers and doors are really nice looking but everthing has to be square – square – square! Then you have to hope that the cabinets won’t settle or shift. Be sure you get some type of hinges with adjustment. Maybe other jocks won’t feel this is a concern? I am the first to admit I sure don’t know it all. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 12:33 PM

wheres the beading at the door bottoms?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 01:49 PM

Great job so far, Nice clean look. You do know that when she sees the completed project there will be no turning back, the orders will begin to come in for other stuff as well.

Thanks for the post and let us know what happens.

-- Hope Never fails

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#6 posted 03-26-2008 01:17 AM

Looks like you have it figured out!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 03-26-2008 03:38 AM

Hmmmm beading at the bottom?? Well, I intentionally left this out. This cabinet will be a floor standing cabinet and for some reason I did not like the look of he beading wrapping around the door. The exposed edge of the shelf you see is actually there as a positive door stop.

When I do the kitchen cabinets I think think the beading will be on the bottom as well since this is not the first time someone has asked.

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 10:45 AM

This is looking good. I can’t wait to see the kitchen remodel.

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#9 posted 03-31-2008 08:23 PM

I have used Blum for many many years now and you can’t beat them for euro hardware, and you are right they sell the plates separate because of the many configurations they can be used in. I personally have never liked the hinge plate that mounted on the back of the face frame and for that reason when I build face frame cabinets with inset door I try to use traditional hardware or use a block on the inside so I can use a different mount but that is not the most pleasing way to do it. I would suggest trying to get a hold of a blum dealer or a cabinet part supplier in your area and voice your concerns and see if they can suggest they right combination for your cabinets.


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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