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Blog entry by akdale posted 08-15-2009 08:22 PM 1190 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Working on new cabinets for my kitchen. Have many of the boxes done and all my uppers hung. No doors yet. Making from Walnut. Wife likes darker wood so I went that route. I was able to match our laminate wood floor very well. All are face frame construction, tongue and groove, with pocket holes in some areas. Using titebond III glue. Minwax polyshade in bombay mahogony. Two coats of that (wipe on) and then two spray on of poly clear. Letting off gas in the shed for two weeks prior to bringing into the house seems to be working well.

for the doors we had thought we wanted cathedral but are now looking at just a simple raised panel with an edge treatment. Still going over that in our minds right now. Will decide when return from Hawaii. May be some 80 degree weather will provide some inspiration.

Looking for some input on drawer slides. I am considering the Blum Tandem sel closers but would like to talk to someone who has installed them.

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto



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huff

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#1 posted 08-16-2009 01:58 AM

Akdale, Sounds like your kitchen cabinets are coming along. I’m sure the Walnut is beautiful. Should be a very classy kitchen. What do you plan on doing for countertops? I use the Blum Tandem undermount full extension soft close slides on all the cabinets I make. 1. they are so smooth and the soft close is such a nice feature (unless you want to slam a drawer). 2. Mounts under the drawer and out of sight. Since I dovetail my drawers, I would rather see the dovetails instead of an ugly slide. 3. You only have to allow 3/8” allowance for the drawer box instead of the 1” on typical slides. 4. As far as mounting them, they are pretty easy. The only thing to remember is your drawer bottom has to be recessed 1/2” to allow for the locking mech. to mount to the bottom of the drawer. They send good instructions, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Trust me, you will love them and well worth the extra $. Good luck on your project and look forward to some Pictures. Keep us posted.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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akdale

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#2 posted 08-16-2009 05:20 AM

Hi Huff. I am using granit tile. I found 18 by 30 tiles that look great. Much cheaper than the full slab. Thanks for the input on the slides. I am leaning towrds the blums more and more

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 08-16-2009 05:28 AM

Sounds like a super start

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Karson

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#4 posted 08-16-2009 09:09 PM

Good luck: I working on my kitchen cabinets also. Almost all of the drawers are done. 3 more to go. Then the uppers. I need to remove the soffett first on them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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akdale

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#5 posted 08-17-2009 12:31 AM

Karson. I struggled with whether to leave my soffits in or not. I have vaulted ceilings and in the end I opt’d to leave the soffits in. Frankly I was getting overwhelmed by all the work I had to do. My cabinets were just one part of a complete remodel. New floors, retextured ceilings, crown moulding, paint, carpet….....Wish we could add pics here and not just a link to some. If I get a chance I will place some on my personal site and link to it.

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto

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akdale

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#6 posted 08-20-2009 07:29 AM

My uppers are in
Uppers

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto

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akdale

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#7 posted 08-20-2009 07:31 AM

Uppers without crown or doors

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto

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akdale

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#8 posted 08-20-2009 07:35 AM

Lowers are waiting. notice I lucked out on matching the laminate pretty well.

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto

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akdale

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#9 posted 08-20-2009 07:41 AM

Here was my first cabinet side panel. All exposed sides will be raiseed. I did the cathedral but we changed our minds. Not sure how I am going to cover the mistake err change but it will be just a standard raised panel.

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 09-07-2009 02:49 AM

The cabinets looks great!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Richforever

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#11 posted 09-07-2009 06:42 AM

Nice work! I love the finish.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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akdale

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#12 posted 06-26-2011 07:36 AM

Well it is 2011 and I have not made any posts for some time. I had to postone this project due to work related travel and, well I built a garage. I just finished hanging 10 cabinet doors and will stain them in the next three days. I stopped after my tile and granite countertops were in. So we have just lived with no doors. Will post the door pics in a week or so.

-- Phil 4:13------Our family motto

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David Grimes

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#13 posted 06-26-2011 07:46 AM

Nice work. I know about postponing one project for others. That’s why the shoemakers’ kids go around barefooted.

What did you do on the slides ?

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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