|Project by Sawdust4Blood||posted 11-01-2014 05:16 PM||1394 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
Some time ago the wife asked for wall cabinets in the laundry room. Doing these gave me a new found appreciation for guys who do cabinetry all the time.
I showed the wife pictures of a number of different style doors and she settled on cathedral top raised-panel doors. The ceilings on that floor of the house are 9-foot so these are 42-inch tall cabinets. The weight of solid raised-panel doors of that size made me a little concerned about how standard stub tenon rail/stile joints would hold up over time. So I decided to build the doors using extended tenons on the rails and mortises set into the grooves in the stiles. The result should be a frame that is strong enough to hold up with no problem.
The rest of the construction is pretty straight forward. The boxes are maple plywood using pocket screw joinery. The face frames and doors are all made from hard maple. The shelves are maple plywood with a hard maple edge glued to the fronts to hide the plies.
The laundry room is next door to the kitchen which has cherry-finished cabinets and floors so my goal was to try and match that on these cabinets so there would continuity as you move from room to room. The finish was done by first dying the maple using Transtint red-brown in alcohol with just a touch of dewaxed amber shellac (sprayed), staining with a mahogany stain (wipe on), and then top-coated with pre-catylized urethane (sprayed). The end result came out a little bit redder than the kitchen cabinets so if they were side-by-side you would notice but are close enough moving from one room to the next it’s fine. The inside of the cabinets are just amber shellac on the maple.
Going in, I greatly under-estimated the amount of work that would go into this project. My first reaction was “hey, it’s a couple of plywood boxes and some door panels… how hard can it be?” However, the process of building the door frames as previously described took a lot more effort than I expected. Combining that with doing the finishing in stages so I could stain the panels before gluing them into the frames and maintain the lighter finish inside, it turned out to take a lot longer than I originally thought and I gained a lot of respect for guys who I am sure have to deal with these issues all the time while contending with customers who unrealistically think the price should be close to the cheapo cabinets you see at the big box stores. I now fully understand why quality cabinets cost as much as they do.
-- Greg, Severn MD