|Project by Bill7255||posted 08-09-2014 01:28 PM||1885 views||6 times favorited||17 comments|
No it shouldn’t take 2 years to build cabinets. It was two years ago when I bought wood and decided I wanted to build cabinets for my new house. I have never done anything like this before. Rockler had cherry and African mahogany as their wood of the month on sale. I bought a 150bf of cherry and 300bf of mahogany. I decided to practice by refacing my existing home cabinets with the cherry for resale and to see if I could even do this. I bought a set of Woodline router bits at the WW show as I didn’t want to invest major $$ until I knew if I could do this. Woodline bits worked very well. I reused the same hardware and the change was impressive even to me. A lot of learning along the way. It was the first time I had ever used pocket hole, just the small jig. To make the new house cabinets I knew I had to invest in some new and upgrades to my tools. Back at the WW show I got sold on Somerfield’s cabinet making system. My wife wanted shaker style doors and I ended up spending about $600 on bits, Easy Bore jig, and supplies. I also bought a SuperMax 19-38 drum sander, a Incra LS 25 fence, upgraded my router table, and larger Kreg jig. I was hoping to use the Incra for the dovetail drawers, but large drawers are a challenge with the Incra and ended up buying a Leigh jig. I really didn’t need but I bought a Ceros sander and found a MinMax FS 35 14” jointer planer along the way. Also bought new saw blades.
The kitchen cabinets are mahogany with 3” rail and stiles and mahogany panels. Face frames are 1 1/2”. The boxes are 3/4” and I used pre finished ply where I could and mahogany ply when necessary. The lower cabinets are mostly drawers except for the corner cabinet which has the Rev-A-Shelf blind cabinet pull out and speciality mixer lift and cutting board cabinet. The island has bookshelves on each end and houses the dishwasher, sink, and trash compactor. The first coat of poly was gloss followed by satin. All hinges are Blum soft close and drawers are Blum undermount soft close. The laundry/pantry cabinets are maple. Initially I intended to stain these, but decided it was better to paint them. The large pantry cabinet is 6’ X 8’. This is a big cabinet with 4 pull outs in each side. All hinges are Blum and slides are KV.
So after two years it is finally over. My cost including all the tools/tooling and materials is less than $9,000. I think I ended up ok and have a lot of nice new tools left to use.
-- Bill R