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Project by Douglas posted 05-31-2011 12:58 AM 2736 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a test run for doing my own kitchen cabinets, and to provide some good shop storage, I built these 6 2’ wide base cabinets. The carcases are 11-ply 3/4, joined with pocket hole joinery, with slab doors, and I used 1/2” poplar on the drawers, and did half blind dovetails to join the drawers (my first, using the Incra TS-LS system, and they came out great!). The countertops are two sheets 3/4” MDF with a 3/16” hardboard on the tops, edged with red oak. I went with the cheapie drawer slides that aren’t full extension ($7/pr vs $15/pr for the good kind). They’ll be fine, but when they start to wear out, I’ll replace with the good ones.

The bases/kick plates are made with 2’x4’ cedar (to stave off moisture from my garage slab), and then I installed steel levelers.

I went with faceless design for maximum efficiency and simplicity. Overall I’m pretty pleased; everything was nice & square, fit perfectly, and I’m excited to tackle our kitchen in a few months. It was a valuable skill-building exercise.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com





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JKBogle

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 01:36 AM

This is exactly the type of cabinets I plan on putting in my shop. Did you use a template and router to dovetail the drawer faces?

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Douglas

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 02:30 AM

I used the Incra system with a router on my table saw with router table extension. You can it in this picture…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dczward/5778380016/

... And here’s the product link…

http://www.incra.com/product_tsf_tslsjoinery.htm

... Basically, in addition to all the other stuff it does, it has a dovetail jig-like capability. It was a huge help, and I’m a big fan of Incra and this table saw add-on.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 02:41 AM

Nice looking shop cabinets.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 03:20 AM

Looks to me like you got it! Hey, that remindes me my kitchen is not finished. What are you doing for the next three weekends?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 03:28 AM

No problem Roz, I’ll let you know when I’m free, just after I do my own kitchen, the front entry bench, the kitchen bench and table, wife’s writing desk, Morris chair… Ahem

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 04:13 AM

great job on the cabinets !
I’ve been meaning to tackle my own kitchen , but the fear keeps me at bay. Perhaps building some shop cabinets such as you’ve done , will help me over the hurdle . Thanks for the inspiration : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 05-31-2011 04:21 AM

Thanks Dusty, I was intimidated too, and that’s why I tried it out in this test. It really gave me the confidence to do the real deal. The thing that gave me the confidence to try this was a a book/DVD called “Kitchen Cabinets Made Simple” by Gregory Paolini. I sort of bought this on a whim, not sure this would be any good, and it was great; clear, SIMPLE, and thoroughly solid results. I was thrilled. Any beginner, or intermediate wood worker should find this very helpful. It covers both face frame and Euro/faceless cabinet. I should review it; it’s my cabinet making Bible now.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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#8 posted 05-31-2011 04:54 AM

Thanks again for the book title : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 06-09-2011 11:44 PM

Nice looking shop cabinets. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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