Mom's kitchen Cabinets #3: The Mock up Face frame, doors and drawers.

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Blog entry by bluchz posted 10-12-2009 01:11 AM 4400 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is the mock up of the door and drawer fronts for the kitchen cabinets. These are paint grade cabinets and will be finished in white with a dark gray glaze to highlight the profile grooves. I am looking for the cabinet guys to critique the proportions, drawer and door placement and anything else that looks wrong :/ This is my first Cabinet job that i am being paid for and i don’t want it to have to be redone in a year or 2 because i made some idiotic mistake!Anyway the cabinet pictured is 24” wide and the face frame and doors are poplar. the panel in the door is birch 1/4” ply which seems light and maybe a little flimsy to me. here are the pics, and don’t be kind i can take it!!!! lol!
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I have also noticed some voids in the vineer of the plywood. Should i be worried about this? It seems minimal but there was one piece that was a scrap about 4” wide, 3/4” birch ply, that i could peal apart by hand.Should i let the supplier know about it, it wasn’t from a big box store and they might want to know, i think they are a reputable supplier in my area? anyway thanks in advance everyone.

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 03:08 AM

I assume that the right side of the cabinet will not be visible since you have screwed the plywood bottom to the side. The other two things that I noticed are (1) your pocket holes are visible when the door is open. You could fill these with a plug or mount a 1/4” false side inside the cabinet to cover them up. I generally just use biscuits and glue to attach the face frame to the carcass; (2) I assume that you are going to do something about the toe kick. One of my pet peeves is exposed plywood edges. I would cut a piece of poplar to fit the toe kick space and pocket hole join it to the sides from behind. I also have been known to put a second piece behind it just to add some support in case someone gets too rowdy and kicks the cabinet.

But the cabinet looks pretty good to me. It looks to be well built and the two upper supports you added are a good idea. I normally just go with corner blocks but yours probably adds more support.

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#2 posted 11-07-2009 05:10 PM

Nice looking cabinets.

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