|Project by Douglas||posted 05-31-2011 12:58 AM||3638 views||11 times favorited||9 comments|
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