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Posted on Where can I find reference material (books, plans, etc.) for building old style cabinets?

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 12:41 PM


Check out shaker style furniture also. Schroeder is right, these cabinets were designed to look like a base to a hutch or dry sink, but with all the modern accessories. The base cabinets have more of a furniture base instead of the regular toe kick that we see with regular kitchen cabinets. The doors and drawers are inset and it looked like they used regular mortised butt hinges. I would venture to guess that instead of using wood on wood drawer slides like in that time period of furniture, I’m sure they are using a more modern mechanical slide. How you actually construct the cabinets would be up to you with your level of building experience and tools. As you can tell, the big difference from this type cabinet/furniture compared to a lot of todays cabinets is: WOOD! If you build your cabinets like the originals, then the sides, bottoms, backs, shelves and everything would be made of wood, where in todays construction, plywood or melamine would be used for the interior construction and only use wood for the face frames, doors and drawer fronts. It will be up to you how much you want to blend the old with the new. Just like if you look at the kitchen in the picture. Even though the cabinets look old as far as style, hardware and finish, it’s hard to say what the interiors are made with. Electric coffee maker, track lighting, modern plumbing, marble/granite countertops and a slew of other modern conveinences show how you can blend old with new. Good luck and let us know how you make out.

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