|Project by jdh122||posted 07-07-2016 11:59 AM||656 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
Been working on my new kitchen for about the past 3 months. I made the cabinets, doors and drawers. Used Russian birch (not sure how it’s different from Baltic birch) plywood for the carcasses. The solid wood parts (drawers, rails and styles) are local yellow birch. I used General WB varnish with no stain. I vastly underestimated the amount of time I would spend doing the finishing! I also underestimated the time I would spend gluing solid wood edges onto the plywood panels – maybe should have used veneer tape, although I like the result I got. This was my first foray into this type of project, I used the 32 mm system with half-balanced panels.
The drawers are assembled with box joints. The joinery for the shaker-style doors is done with biscuits. Before deciding to do them this way rather than using m&t, I mocked up a door out of pine and then tried to break it. I found out that the joint was plenty strong for this application.
I also made the concrete countertop and installed the tile backsplash. Hired someone to install the floor (Marmoleum sheet, very unforgiving to work since it breaks very easily and seams need to be welded).
I had some help: a friend from work spent part of a day doing the drywall for the bulkheads, my brother flew in for a weekend to help me assemble and install the cabinets, my sister helped me pour the concrete and install the tile, several friends from work plus my uncle helped me muscle the 1000 lb countertop into place).
I figure I saved some money over buying the cabinets and installing them myself, although not a lot if you include the purchase of a track saw and Veritas 32 mm drilling jig (which of course I will have for future projects). But I used high end soft-close slides and hinges and have plywood rather than melamine carcassses. I was a bit nervous about the drawers, since the tolerances for the slides are so tight in terms of squareness and width of the drawers, but they turned out fine (I had to shim 2 of the drawer slides out to get them to catch the slow close mechanism).
-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests