My second ever custom cabinet kitchen job

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Project by Blackie_ posted 05-29-2012 02:20 PM 4294 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it’s been 3 months into the project (reason I’ve been a bit scares around here on LJ’s) though it’s not complete only due to the lack of trim, I just got tired of waiting, the lip trim that I orded it was the wrong stuff so I’m still waiting on the second batch to arive. Mom and dads house came upon water damage due to a leaking faucet thus all of the cabinets were torn out, I optioned to take on the job. I constructed these cabinets out of maple, mom wanted a light kitchen for lack of natural lightining so I went with a clear Varnish finish. All of the base cabinets have center slide out trays, at mom and dad’s age I thought about them having to bend way over. On the island I optioned doors on both sides for access to either side to the base cabinet. The house was built in the early 60s, you wouldn’t believe the nails the builder used in keeping the old ply cabinets together, they were actually clustered together in groups mainly on the corners it was ridiculous.

Here are images of the cabinets without doors yet also showing the slide outs.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 02:55 PM

Fantastic job, Blackie. I had those sliding shelves installed in all my kitchen cabinets too- and I just love them. It has been 25 years and they are still great to have. the older I get the more I like them.
Your parents are so fortunate to have a son who was willing and able to make them such a super kitchen.

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 03:49 PM

One heck of a build. Looks gr8

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 05:36 PM

Amaizing kitchen cabinets.Maple looks great.So inspireing.

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#4 posted 05-29-2012 06:21 PM

Very nice work!

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 06:25 PM

It looks real nice. Congratulations.


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#6 posted 05-29-2012 10:20 PM

Thanks everyone

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#7 posted 05-29-2012 10:34 PM

I agree that is one nice kitchen and Maple great wood. I did an office a year or so ago and the wood choice was maple, from the doors to trim, from floors, and more. The best thing I found was pre-finished maple play. Let me tell you, it was a time saver. Great job!!

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#8 posted 05-30-2012 04:47 AM


Great looking kitchen. Your parents must be thrilled! Thanks for sharing.


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#9 posted 05-30-2012 05:27 AM

Awesome job looking forward to updating my parent’s 50yr old kitchen

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#10 posted 05-30-2012 10:35 AM

Vii, just be prepared to endure the frustration, foul langue, anger and disbelieve of nails every 1 inch apart and 5 to 6 nails all clustered together in each corner when tearing out the old cabinets. You’re going to need a claw hammer, 4 pound sledge and several different sized pry bars. LOL

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#11 posted 05-30-2012 01:11 PM

Randy, you did a beautiful job on the kitchen.

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#12 posted 05-30-2012 07:40 PM

Thanks for the inspiration. I need to replace my cabinets. The house was built in the mid 50’s. When I removed the little shelves at the end of the kitchen, it took about two days to get all the nails out! What will I find in the cabinets??! When I was small, I was scared of monsters under the bed.

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#13 posted 05-31-2012 12:28 AM

Excellent Job….. Mom and Dad should be proud…..

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#14 posted 05-31-2012 12:48 AM

Just a note about clearances.

I noticed that in your corners you butted the adjacent cabinet directly against the corner without the use of a filler. You will find that once you put doors and handles on the cabinets, the drawers with collide and not open properly. This is especially true adjacent your dishwasher and you should have a minimum of 3” extra space there so the adjacent drawer will clear the face of the dishwasher.

The blind corner cabinets are usually designed to “pull” out from the corner up to 3” as well.

If it helps, draw out an actual size template of the corner on paper. include the doors and drawer fronts and any hardware. Even if you aren’t placing knobs or pulls now, you might want that option in the future.

EDIT: I guess I should looked more closely. I saw the cabinets in your post and didn’t see the fillers. In your finished pics I see you have added some fillers, (assuming this is the same run of cabinets.)

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#15 posted 05-31-2012 03:34 AM

Ds251, yep all of what you are saying has already come to light , mistakes I have learned from and it was a huge learning experience, as for as the dishwisher corner I’ve already changed out the double drawer to a single large drawer and added the filler that can be viewed in the finished photos with doors above as for as the corner by the fridge well there wasn’t much I could do there before I realized it wasn’t going to work the counter top had already been placed so I managed to get a 1/6” clearance for door opening and we optioned to go with knobless/handleless on all doors, luckly mom liked that better anyway plus save us $$$ in hardware.

Actually I don’t have the shop space for this type of work only reframe and doors and don’t plan on advertising it but if someone sees my work and or word of mouth and ask for a quote, I will give them one on the pretention that the customer can either take it or leave it as I don’t really need it aside it’s a whole lot of work for someone that’s retired. LOL

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