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 http://www.mcfeelys.com/product/MP-FF90/Mepla-Beaded-Inset-Door-Hinges-1-Set. 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.
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