My kitchen cabinets

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Project by ToddTurner posted 1670 days ago 1789 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at frame and panels and i am quite proud. I try my best to highly accurate. Having no gaps or holes is very important. THese meet my standards. THere are no gaps, cracks or anything of the such in these panels.
The wife and i were deciding on what room to do first in our 40 year old house. THe laundry room, bathroom, or kitchen. We decided on the bathroom first so i started on the kitchen. They are hard maple with a clear, high gloss, water based finish. To remove the little ‘dust bumps’ that tend to appear when you spray finish in your garage, I used a clay bar made by Mother’s, which is used on buffing auto paint to a like new finish. I posted a little thingy on here about that too. Its magic. Try it!
Please take a close look and use your experience to criticize my work. The quality I am satisfied with. But, did i do well at laying out the grains? I used 3 pieces per panel (never use a solid piece because of expansion). THe maple is local grown Harford County stuff!
Have a great day


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#1 posted 1670 days ago

Good job. Those look very nice!

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#2 posted 1670 days ago

Beautifull work!

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#3 posted 1670 days ago

Very nice Todd…the clear finish shows off the grain of the maple to its utmost.

I’ve made dozens of these types of doors, and I have always tried to use the widest boards possible for the panels, making them out of one piece if I can get it… I have left about 1/8” on each side for expansion, and have never had a problem with the door coming apart…

Just my 2 cents, but again, great work!

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#4 posted 1670 days ago

Which Frame & Panels did you make first, your mobile work bench or this cabinet?
They both came out nice.

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#5 posted 1670 days ago

Nice job on the cabinets.

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#6 posted 1670 days ago

Very nice Todd clean handsome build

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#7 posted 1670 days ago

The grain choice looks nice. Multiple pieces give lots of opportunities to book match grain or accent wild grain. As for expansion and contraction, the amount of movement is going to depend on the species of wood, the angle of grain (flat sawn, rift, quarter, etc.) and the total width of the panel. The number of pieces does not go into the formula. I like both solid panels and book matched, use whatever makes you happy. Overall, the cabinet looks fantastic. Good job, BTKS

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#8 posted 1667 days ago

Just an idea but you can use a 35mm fostner bit on a drill press to bore for hidden hinges if you desire.
Don’t worry too much about expansion in your wood because you should have a 3/8” groove and a 1/4” tongue on your panel to allow for it.
If you used a router I’m especially impressed because I don’t see any burn marks or tear out.
Good choice in hardware, very very nice!

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#9 posted 1664 days ago

Very nice looking cabinet!

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#10 posted 1585 days ago

Nicely done. Can’t wait to see the bathroom project!

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#11 posted 778 days ago

”We decided on the bathroom first so i started on the kitchen”
Great looking cabinet…I like the water-based finish on Maple to keep it looking most natural : )

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