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Wall Cabinets [Part Deux]

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Project by paxorion posted 09-18-2016 01:18 AM 548 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So when are you going to get that wall done?—Wife

It’s been over a year since my first wall cabinet project, but I finally got to that next wall in the basement. Had a few buddies come over today to help me with the install. This project was “double the size”, since I had to make 4 cabinets instead of 2. Learning from my lessons of last time, I did a few things differently:

  1. The worst part of the last project was the painting. After contemplating buying tinted lacquer to speed up the process, I decided to “use what I have” in terms of paint.
  2. My wife convinced me to use melamine for the cabinet boxes. She grew up overseas and melamine was the staple for cabinet boxes. I was totally on-board thanks to (a) the lower price compared to plywood and (b) not having to finish the inside. So the boxes were made of 3/4” melamine particleboard with a full thickness back. This made the boxes about twice as heavy.
  3. Cabinet boxes were built similarly to last time. However instead of dados for the joinery, I cut rabbets for all the joinery and reinforced them with Spax MDF screws.
  4. The cabinet doors and end-panel were rail and stile with stub tenons. All made of poplar and birch plywood for the panels.
  5. The doors received 2 coats of Zinsser 123 primer followed by white latex paint and then 1 coat of Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane. I sprayed all of the finish with my HF HVLP.

-- paxorion





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Handtooler

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#1 posted 09-18-2016 02:09 AM

Sure looks great and so very useful. I like the wat ite ends are mitered into the ceiling joint. Here’s to ya. What did the better half say?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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#2 posted 09-18-2016 09:27 PM

Hey, Pax, nice looking cabinets. I bet they weigh a ton so it is no wonder you needed a few buddies to help install them.

-- Art

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 08:47 PM

Good looking cabinets. You’re a brave soul, cabinets intimidate me. :)

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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paxorion

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#4 posted 09-20-2016 04:05 PM


Sure looks great and so very useful. I like the wat ite ends are mitered into the ceiling joint. Here s to ya. What did the better half say?

- Handtooler

Me: Are you glad I’m finally getting this done?
Wife: You’ll get just as much enjoyment out of it as me. The stuff I’m putting into those cabinets are all currently blocking your workbench afterall.


Hey, Pax, nice looking cabinets. I bet they weigh a ton so it is no wonder you needed a few buddies to help install them.

- AandCstyle

Wasn’t too bad. I could lift each cabinet on my own but having an extra person helped a lot. Plus attaching a level cleat to rest the cabinets on.

-- paxorion

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