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Project by Chris Davis posted 1952 days ago 6120 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 (see picture below). This made it look like it was built as one unit after it was installed.
Showing how the verticals were overlapped

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)
Customer drawing showing the top

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.

More Building Pictures.
Base cabinet
Showing the door
Cabinet ready for primer

For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. See what we are doing live:

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#1 posted 1952 days ago

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

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#2 posted 1952 days ago

Great post of a great project!

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#3 posted 1952 days ago

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 1951 days ago

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.
tim

-- tool time tim aka "cobra5"

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