Kitchen Cabinets

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Project by Thomas posted 11-27-2009 04:11 AM 2924 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Remodeling the kitchen has been a two year endeavor, but it is finally about 90% finished so I thought I’d share some pictures of a few of the base cabinets.

The main sink area is a short ‘L’ shaped cabinet that houses a deep sink, corner storage, the dishwasher and the usual under sink storage. The top two floating book shelves were created using torsion box construction, which made them inexpensive but really strong.

The dish cabinet sits behind the sink (so clean dishes go from sink/dishwasher, right into the cabinet). Settled into a small nook between a short wall and a support/venting wall column, the upper doors feature frosted glass panels to lighten the overall look. This cabinet has a sister across the opposite end of the kitchen (with wood instead of glass panels) that serves as a pantry (sorry no pic as the cabinet still needs its top molding added).

The cooking area of the kitchen features cabinets on either side of the stove. The one shown has a small prep sink and two deep pull out drawers for pots and other cookware.

Every cabinet was build in 3/4” maple ply (including the backs) for added strength, as the Silestone tops weigh quite a bit. The cabinets under the sinks are lined with formica for easy cleanup of leaks or chemical spills. Several shelves in the pantry cabinet also have formica tops for wet storage (oils, extracts, etc.), again for easy cleaning.

The solid maple face frames are assembled using pocket hole joinery, and aligned on the main cabinets with biscuit joinery. The doors are simple rail and stile with a floating ply panel, and attached with European hinges for a clean look.

Besides small finish work, the last piece to go in is a mobile island that will be finished in a few weeks. Given the complex construction of the island, I’ll cover that as a separate project.

Thanks for looking.

-- Thomas, Irvine, CA

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#1 posted 11-27-2009 05:22 AM

Great Lookin Kitchen

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 11-27-2009 05:26 AM

Nice clean lines.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-27-2009 05:46 AM

Nice job!

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#4 posted 11-27-2009 06:21 AM

Very cool cabinets great job Thomas

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-27-2009 02:18 PM

Love the built in glass door unit. Kinda gives it an Asian feel by using the frost glass and clean lines. Nice project.

-- Chris ( )

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#6 posted 11-27-2009 02:44 PM

Very nice looking kitchen. Great job. Can’t wait to see the rest of it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 11-30-2009 07:40 AM

Nice work. Funny, until now, if someone told my that they were using that much wall space in a kitchen for shelves instead of cabinets, I would balk, but it looks like correct solution for someone serious about cooking. All the recipes right there at your finger tips. (sigh, just when I though I know everything. LOL )

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#8 posted 11-30-2009 01:43 PM

Serious about cooking—yes! Also, when your spouse is five feet tall, the decision to build a kitchen with no over counter cabinets was easy. Given that the kitchen is long and somewhat narrow, the lack of over counter cabinets really opened up the space more. So far there’s been no storage problems—and given how much we like to cook, we have a lot of stuff.

-- Thomas, Irvine, CA

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