Built-in Cabinets | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 03-26-2009 01:57 PM 7807 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I normally don’t do built-ins mainly because I don’t like going on job sites. I like the comforts of my shop. This is one that I did agreed to do. It was completed in March 2009. I wanted to build it in the shop and install it with as little time on-site as I could. The lower section was built in two pieces and not much needed to do to tie both together because the doors covered the connection point. I just had to attach the base molding after it was shimmed and installed. One thing to note on the base is the vent system . There is a floor air vent that was covered. To allow air to still escape, I cut vent grooves in the left side toe kick.

The top is an open shelf design and was built it in 5 sections. To make it look “built in“, I overlapped the trim on the verticals. This made it look like it was built as one unit after it was installed.

I also figured about a ½ gap at the top to make it easier to get the upper unit in place. It was then covered with 2 ½” x 3/8” trim that had a small round over on it. “(see picture)”:
On the design I had to match the door design already in the kitchen. This was a painted door with an oak trim on the top. The oak trim had a finger pull cut into it to open the door.

One problem that I had was the countertop was dropped, actually I didn’t tie it down and it feel in transport. I had to make extra trip out there and replace the countertop after the new one was built. This was okay because I was going back and forth on the idea of replacing it anyway. Since it was so long, it had to be seemed. Since there was about a month time between the design process and build and some things go changed, the seam did line up under one of the verticals like I hoped. It looked okay where it was, but I wanted it more hidden under the vertical.

The finish on it was just a primer. The customer will have their painter finish it out. The only thing I finished completely was the oak parts on the door and they are Golden Oak.

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#1 posted 03-26-2009 02:06 PM

I just realized this is my 100th project post on LJ.

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#2 posted 03-26-2009 02:42 PM

Great post of a great project!

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#3 posted 03-26-2009 03:24 PM

Congrats Chris on the 100th post. Your workmanship is 1st rate…thanks for sharing all your great work. Blkcherry

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#4 posted 03-27-2009 02:57 PM

i agree, i too don’t like to do built ins, i prefer to be in my shop, but somtimes we have to make ecexptions to get the job done. great craftmanship on the cabinet.

-- tool time tim aka "cobra5"

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