Kitchen Cabinet Job #1: Carcases

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Blog entry by jackd942 posted 12-19-2009 08:30 AM 1452 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve actually made two posts over at my website on this job, but I think I’ll just consolidate those first two into this single post here. I was asked by my family to make my grandmother a set of cabinets for the newly constructed addition to my aunt’s house that she would be moving into. In talking to them, we decided to use prefinished plywood for the carcases and drawers with oak ply skins and frame/flat panel doors. After finishing up with my regular job for the winter ( I have about 3 months or so off ), I placed an order for the material with a lumber supplier and was off to pick up my order two days later. It took about two weeks to finish construction on the carcases and apply finish as they are now ready to install. We are going to go ahead and install them in her house and I will start on the doors and drawers next week ( when I can ) and hopefully finish the job the week after Christmas. I think they turned out pretty well ( I pray that they fit :)) and I definitely learned a lot about cabinetmaking! Nothing like furniture making for sure. I’ll post more after the install and then after we get the doors and drawers lined out. —J

-- --Jack D - Southeast Missouri --

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 09:56 AM

What’s going in the corner cabinet? It seems a bit oddly proportioned for a lazy susan.

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 02:16 PM

Looks good, Well done Jack.

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 04:00 PM

They look great. The only question I have is, why doesn’t the large base cabinet near the end of the run have any stretchers across the top? I assume that’s where the sink is going, so I’d figure you’d want a little more reinforcement there to handle the weight.

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 04:31 PM

Wow! Nice job. I too am thinking of making kitchen cabinets for my own house. My biggest problem, is my not so big garage/woodshop. Space fills up quick when making cabinets, and I don’t want to install the cases only to facilitate making drawers and doors. Sounds like this is how you solved that problem. Good luck with the install, I’ll say a “Please let them fit” prayer for ya.

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 05:05 PM

Nice work. Thanks for showing.

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 05:08 PM

Nice job on the kitchen carcases.

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 06:56 PM


The corner cabinet was made just for a lazy susan…it is actually copied from the one in my own kitchen. I don’t know if the photo makes it look distorted or what, but it will have a double hinged door on the front and has ample space for the rod and turntables inside.


That is the sink base and I do have some corner blocks to put in, but I couldn’t have stretchers across the top…they would get in the way of the sink. The face frame is biscuited into the carcase and the rear nailer has pocket screws attaching it to the sides. I feel like it should provide plenty of support especially after I put in the corner blocks.


-- --Jack D - Southeast Missouri --

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