1st Cabinet built

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This is my first attempt at building and assembling a kitchen cabinet(s). (Includes a what-Not shelf) I did have help from a good friend who has a stand alone work shop… that is heated. Mine has a car and a truck parked in it right now and NO heat. I beefed it up for a LOT of Cook Books. 48”w x 45”t

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#1 posted 04-09-2007 12:49 AM

I’m impressed. The joints in the face frame are perfect. Will you be making the doors as well?

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#2 posted 04-09-2007 01:27 AM

Good job PJ , keep up the good work. jock mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-09-2007 01:44 AM

Looks great. Cherry and Maple??

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 04-09-2007 03:41 AM

Way to go.

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#5 posted 05-08-2007 06:54 PM

Looks good. Is Karson correct on the woods?

-- John

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#6 posted 05-08-2007 07:18 PM

It is a mixture of woods. The Back of the big cabinet is a 1/2” cabinet grade plywood from Lowe’s. Not sure of type – they call it “Blondewood” but is was fairly inexpensive, a damaged piece. The sides and/or frame of the big cabinet is a 9-ply cabinet grade 3/4” Lauan plywood purchased from a garage sale across the street from another woodworker. This is really nice plywood he got in Connecticut, his old home place. I got 34 pieces of 8’x16” pieces from him and a trash compactor for $35. The face frame of the big cabinet is all oak that’s put together with glue and biscuits The corners of the Lauan sides are reinforced with biscuits,, glue and 18ga wire brads from a pneumatic nailer. Back is glue and wire brads. The What-Not shelf is of Aspen.

I know a weird combo of woods for this project! This cabinet unstained in the above picture

The job isn’t quite complete as I have a downdraft unit to install in the countertop.

I have it really loaded down now. I went to cooking school, don’t know why other than to get away from home, and became a cook…of sorts. I work in retail so as you can see the education does me no good.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 05-08-2007 08:12 PM!:"><a href=

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Give of take a couple hundred pounds of books(?).

Karson I appologize as I did not see the question. Please forgive. Thanks for reminding me John

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 05-08-2007 08:59 PM


outstanding job and like DrSawdust said, the joint are perfect. Nice peice.

have a good day,


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#9 posted 05-08-2007 09:37 PM

I thank you very much. I really didn’t know how it would turn out in the “thought stage” as I had no pattern only an idea of what I needed or wanted. I have made many items of wood. I’ve build sheds, decks, added on to and remodeled houses and barns, and much more. Never something such as a cabinet or furniture of any kind. Now that I see the final product I want to go a little deeper into furniture and cabinet making.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 05-08-2007 11:11 PM


Very nice. On my first cabinet I also used biscuits. Then I discovered Kreg Pocket Hole joinery. Now, all my face frames use pocket hole joinery. I takes me about half the time to new make the face frames.

I like the different species of wood.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#11 posted 05-09-2007 02:00 AM

Fred, I ordered a big Kreg kit about a week ago. Just got it Saturday, now I get to play! Thanks for the comments!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#12 posted 05-10-2007 11:52 AM

Awesome job, PJ.

-- Peace, LJ

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 05-10-2007 12:05 PM

A very nice cabinet PJ.
You made yourself something very useful. My wife enjoys collecting cookbooks too.

You’re going to have fun with that Kreg jig, you don’t need as many clamps with the Kreg jig. You’ll be sticking lots of boards together now.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Jeremy M. Reid

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#14 posted 09-14-2007 02:22 AM

Nice job
This is great work on a first job congrats…

-- Jeremy M. Reid Woodworking

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#15 posted 09-14-2007 02:50 AM

Hey, I missed this one the first time…nice cabinet!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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