Custom Cabinets...first try

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Project by gridlockd posted 11-06-2012 02:35 AM 1255 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have some friends that recently moved into a new home, and their upstairs bathroom had this huge space that was completely wasted. The lady of the house wanted a wall to wall storage unit, with deep drawers on bottom and double door storage above. I came up with this plan and she agreed. the build was not terribly difficult, although I have never done cabinetry before, so I learned a ton of new skills and tricks of the trade, via my father. He’s done his fair share in the past. I enjoyed the challenge, and the final product turned out pretty well. Measurements are: 43 3/4” tall x 107” long 2-53 1/2” cabinets) x 18” deep. the finish is sprayed on with my HF HVLP $25 spray gun. I love that thing! some of the best money I ever spent! 2 coats of latex primer and 6 coats of latex semi gloss. all comments and critiques are welcome. thanks for looking!

-- Gridlockd

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 02:52 AM

I must say they look professionally done! Nice job in this build!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 03:26 AM

Looks good ! Did you find a good local source for the doors ?

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 02:21 PM

What materials did you use for the build?

-- If you ain't a Gator, you must be Gator bait.

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 02:30 PM

cabmaker-yes, I did find an excellent source for the doors! little local cabinet shop made them for me, great place to deal with, great price on the doors, I’ll definitely use them for all my future projects.

Gator-face frames are all select grade pine (no knots), tops are all 3/4” paintgrade ply, the sides, centers and drawer boxes are all 1/2” paint grade ply.

-- Gridlockd

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 08:43 PM

Great looking first job! Tell us more about your $25 sprayer.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 11-16-2012 01:09 AM

Man what a finish! What kinda paint did you use?

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#7 posted 11-16-2012 02:51 PM

sorry for not replying sooner guys. Ron, you asked about the sprayer. it’s actually $14.99 on HF’s website, but I bought a cleaning kit with it and some other accessories so it brought it up to about $25. here’s the link to the one I have, some of the others looked and felt decent too: HF Paint gun

Luke, I didn’t use anything special, just standard big box store interior latex primer and then semi gloss. the key is in the thinning of the paint. getting the right mixture so it sprays smooth. I did have the paint desk assoc. tint the primer a light shade of grey, so I could distinguish between the primer and the semigloss when i applied it. water based and thinned with water will cause the grain to raise slightly, so a light sanding after the primer is called for, then an extremely light sanding between coats of semi gloss produces a really nice smooth finish.

Hope this is what you guys were asking.

-- Gridlockd

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#8 posted 11-16-2012 06:46 PM

There is a coupon for that sprayer at $9.99—Just FYI

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 11-16-2012 06:47 PM

Oh yeh, very nice job on the cabinets. It is a very clean look.
You wouldn’t ever know from the pictures that it was your first time.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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