|Project by JBrow||posted 09-17-2016 03:54 AM||602 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
We finally reached the point our kitchen relocation and remodel project where cabinetry is required. The new kitchen has a main work area and an adjacent small area that includes a walk-in pantry and that offers seating for the breakfast bar, a home for a china hutch, and a dedicated coffee station. We elected to outfit the dedicated coffee station with a single burner commercial Bunn-O-Matic automatic coffee maker.
The coffee cabinet was designated the first cabinet. It would be home to the coffeemaker and coffee supplies since we like our coffee. Also the coffee cabinet is a small cabinet that would feature both a door and drawers. The cabinet would be parked in an out of the way inside corner, where any mistakes in the design would go largely unnoticed. As result changes in design of future cabinets would be less noticeable. Knapp and Vogt (KV) MuV 34 under mount soft close drawers slides and Blum Compact soft close hinges were the hardware choices. No metal pulls or knobs were to adorn the cabinet.
The coffee cabinet had to have a compartment to accommodate plumbing for the coffeemaker; a valve, hammer arrestor, and braided stainless steel hose. The exposed end panel had to include a floor cutout for an automatic dust pan connected to the home’s central vacuum system without compromising structure. The space under the bottom of the cabinet had to provide sufficient space for the central vacuum piping and enough access for service down the road. These additional accommodations required a little more design thought, at least for me, than a standard cabinet
The cabinet is 32” wide, 16” deep, and 36” tall (top of countertop). A compartment housing the plumbing features a single adjustable shelf and is accessed by a door. A bank of three drawers sets next to the door. The cabinet is made from solid walnut, 3/4” red oak plywood for the cabinet box, and solid red oak for the dovetailed drawer boxes (with ¼” red oak plywood bottoms) and a single adjustable shelf. The drawer fronts are applied to the drawer boxes. The top drawer front is solid walnut, while the lower two drawer fronts are frame and raised panels. The walnut end panel and door is frame and raised panels, with an arch cut into the top rails. Shallow stopped coves are routed on the back edge as finger pulls. The front outside corner has a stopped 45 degree chamfer beginning and ending with a lamb’s tongue.
The cabinet box was built with locking rabbet joinery. The end panel also locked into the back and face frame with locking rabbet joint independent of the plywood interior side panel. The top is ¾” thick bloodwood to match the nearby breakfast bar top. A minimally sized hole in the back corner of the counter top allows the stainless steel plumbing tubing to reach the coffeemaker.
There were three misses on this project. The coffee cabinet was the first project built using a spindle shaper and shaper stile and rail and raised panel cutters (a shop upgrade). Set up produced shoulders on the raised panels which were a little too shallow. The second miss was sizing the drawers. We found the top inside drawer height was too shallow to store items that would be great to have available in the top drawer. The biggest miss, actually a setback, was that I failed to comprehend the KV instructions and made 3 drawer boxes undersized. I now have three drawer boxes looking for a home.
In spite of the misses, we are satisfied with the coffee cabinet. I have learned how to size drawer boxes by the KV instructions and can easily correct the shallow shoulders on raised panels. What I have observed is that the coffeemaker drives a fair amount of heat downward which caused the wood top to belly upward slightly. The coffeemaker is now elevated on scrap walnut blocks to reduce the amount of heat making it to the counter top. I will replace the elevator blocks with more refined bloodwood blocks.