The weather has been kind to me again today and I was able to get outside and do some more work on the cabinets for my shop and kitchen.
Today I built and fitted the face frames to both kitchen cabinets.
Here are some construction details for those interested.
The cabinets sides and bottoms are 3/4” Thai plywood, the backs are 8mm ply (the wood here is mainly in metric sizes).
I used my router to cut dados in the sides for the bottom which was then fixed in place with glue and screws. The back sits in a rabbet and is secured with glue and small nails.
The face frames are made from rubber wood and I used my new Kreg pocket hole jig to make them, I am finding the Kreg jig perfect for things like this that I want to get built a bit quicker than if I used more traditional joinery.
I fixed the face frames to the cabinets with glue and counter bored and plugged screws. I don’t have a biscuit joiner or nail gun and my hand nailing technique needs a lot more practise so I decided to use the screws.
Things I learnt today:
- I’m really glad I didn’t try to build these as one cabinet, I would not be able to move it my own.
- Getting a large cabinet and face frame all square and flush fitting is hard! Mine are not perfect but I think a bit of shimming and trimming on installation will get everything lined up nicely.
- Don’t leave a silver coloured metal tape measure under the Bangkok sun for an hour. Remember that scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where the bad guy picks the pendant thing out of the fire? I’m sure I have ‘Stanley’ burnt on my palm now.
I’m delaying the moment of truth for another day, will the oven actually fit into the cabinet?
I’m starting to run out of wood and hardware now so progress is going to be slow for a few days, a family illness means I don’t have access to our truck at the moment.