Blind Corner Base Cabinet

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Project by HarleySoftailDeuce posted 01-22-2009 10:56 PM 10044 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project; kitchen cabinets. So far, I’ve managed to build 3 base cabinets and now I’m tackling the cherry face frames. I’m dadoing and gluing…simple and strong. I guess someday I’ll try biscuits and other skills, but I have to start somewhere. It should be a challenging Winter in my basement woodshop.
I’ve got heat, and plenty of tools!
I’ve been reading lots about how to build the doors. I guess I’ll try the cope & stick method. I do have coping rail sets by Freud with 1/2 ” shank. (no deflection).
For finishing the carcasses, I have decided on Minwaxs’ Polyshades oil base product. I believe it is harder and more durable than water based products.
The more I read, sometimes the more confused I get. For finishing the cherry face frames & doors, I’m still up in the air. I’m still digesting lots of information.
If anyone has a suggestion, I’m open to suggestions.
I used a drill guide to be sure the center hole for the indexing sled was perfectly vertical. The lazy Susan is large; 32”.
If anyone wants information on how to create a multiple sided border (similar to this) I can help.
Now that the Summer is at an end, the weather is dry enough to do the finishing outdoors, where the fumes will not be an issue.

Well, I managed to add the indexed cherry border to one of the 2 shelves. Now I have to fill the indexed holes with dark dowels, lightly sand wipe clean, and poly them.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#1 posted 01-22-2009 11:04 PM

Lookin Great Keep up the Good Work

-- Jim, Kentucky

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 01-22-2009 11:07 PM

Rule # one on corner cabinets. Make sure it will fit in the doors leading out of the shop and into the kitchen. Please don’t ask me how I know this!

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#3 posted 01-23-2009 12:06 AM

Dennis, Good advice. Been there done that! Paul, looks good. No top rail?

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 01-23-2009 02:39 AM

i agree with dennis. i had to pull apart a base corner cabinet after i realized it couldnt fit in the clients door. I had to reassemble it once i got it back into their kitchen. it took a day.

but it looks great. i too started with kitchen cabinets as my first woodworking project.

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#5 posted 01-26-2009 11:28 AM

Thanks to all of you who give me encouragement!
I dry fitted and screwed the carcass, and when everything is done, I’ll disassemble it and take it to my dining area for finishing. I’ve converted the dining room into a finishing area. I’ll keep you all posted on my progress.
Unfortunately, I have a busy business schedule, and my free time is limited.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#6 posted 01-28-2009 07:30 AM

Hi Paul

It looks like your cabinet is coming along fine. Is this cabinet going to fit through your doorways? I always made my corner cabinets in two parts and screwed them together when I installed them. I guess others have already pointed this out. Looking forward to seeing the finished kitchen.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 02-08-2009 12:41 AM

Nice base cabinet.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 02-09-2009 08:02 PM

I can’t believe your starting your first project with kitchen cabinets! Looks really nice though. I did my kitchen cabinets for our cabin on the river, although they’re not professionally built, they did turn out just fine. I just finished my last cabinet over the stove. There’s a window in the way, so I can’t have a full size cabinet there. I’m building them at home then taking them out there, just found out my last cabinet is too big. Of course I used glue so now I have to start that one over, but I can use it somewhere else, so it’s not a complete loss. Good luck.

-- Janice

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#9 posted 02-09-2009 08:06 PM

Oh, I would like to ask, can I add you to my buddy list? I would like to see your progress and maybe I’ll learn something from it. Although, I’m pretty sure I’ll never build kitchen cabinets again but now that I’m thinking about it, you never know.

-- Janice

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#10 posted 02-09-2009 09:19 PM

Yes Janice, I’d love to be on your buddy list !! I’m flattered.

Paul :) :)

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#11 posted 02-09-2009 09:29 PM

Hello again Janice,
I have dadoed the face frames on the carcass. I also have a Craig jig, biscuit slot cutter, and read extensively to find the best and strongest methods. I overbuilt the corner base cabinet for sure. As you see it on my site,
the carcass sides are also dadoed & screwed together. I just dry assembled it, and since last week, I broke it down and moved it upstairs in pieces to do the staining. I’m going to use my open second floor as a finishing room; no dust, good ventilation. I also am reading extensively on finishing, and have purchased a vast assortment of books for my woodworking library. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
If you want any tips, I’ll offer you any help I can.


-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#12 posted 02-13-2009 06:55 AM

I found this guy who posted HOW TO cope & stick method. I found it helpful.

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#13 posted 03-14-2009 06:23 PM

By the way you have some nice tools there.

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#14 posted 07-15-2009 07:06 PM

Well, believe it or not, I finally added the border to my shelves. Check out the photo. I used cherry.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#15 posted 07-16-2009 02:59 AM

Good corner cabinet well done

-- Custom furniture

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