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Forum topic by Bob Areddy posted 10-06-2015 01:36 AM 646 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bob Areddy

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10-06-2015 01:36 AM

Hey all, it’s been a while. Golf season is over in a month or so in Michigan, so it’s time to get back into the shop! I’ve decided to reface our crappy run-of-the-mill “oak” kitchen cabinets. I have no problems making the doors, but I’ve never done veneering before, so I have a few questions. The plan is to do it in cherry.

1) What kind of veneer should I get for this? I understand that there’s a peel and stick type. Otherwise, it’s what, contact cementing them in place?
2) Where there are two cabinets connected, when applying the veneer, do you apply one large pieces across both stiles, or do you veneer each style separately, butting the pieces of veneer up against each ther?
3) On the large end sections where there are no doors, should I veneer those areas, or do you recommend 1/4” ply to cover the whole thing?
4) Would you recommend veneering the inside edge of the opening? What about the back edge of the faceframe on an edge cabinet, where the face frame extends over the edge of the box by 1/4” or so (probably less).

Any other do’s and don’ts? Thanks!

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood


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grass

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#1 posted 10-06-2015 02:16 AM

I recommend you buy a copy of Herrick Kimbell’s book, Resurfacing Cabinets. It will answer your questions and has detailed instructions. If I recall he recommended plywood on the large end. sections. I had no problem veneering mine.

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#2 posted 10-06-2015 02:26 AM

Thanks Grass, I’ll definitely check it out.

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood

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#3 posted 10-11-2015 05:54 PM

When we refaced we used 1/4 plywood of your wood choice. We just glued it on and pin nailed it back filled with color putty. Used scribe to cover any edges from end to face. New doors and drawers and about two days.

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#4 posted 10-11-2015 08:29 PM



I recommend you buy a copy of Herrick Kimbell s book, Resurfacing Cabinets. It will answer your questions and has detailed instructions. If I recall he recommended plywood on the large end. sections. I had no problem veneering mine.

- grass

Most definitely, his book is very good and you can probably find a used one on Amazon for next to nothing. He will point out using PSA veneer with a bonding agent (contact cement). I did that and was amazed at what that does to the bond between the veneer and the substrate. You out a coat of non flammable contact cement on the face frame or whatever, then (carefully) apply the PSA veneer….it will never, ever, ever, come off. He also has some good tips on the tools you need (and make them yourself).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 10-19-2015 05:55 PM

Question about covering the sides of the cabinets. Veneer or 1/4” ply? I ask because with our cabinets, the face frame extends slightly beyond the edge of the cabinet. It’s about 1/4”, but I don’t see a good way to attach 1/4” ply to the sides, and then do the edges of the face frame.

Would you agree with this?

Waiting on the book to arrive… the answer might be in there!

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood

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#6 posted 10-22-2015 01:28 PM

Didn’t see anything in the book about faceframe which extend beyond the cabinet box. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Also, we plan on putting crown molding at the top. However, we have vaulted ceilings, and the tops of the cabinets are visible when you walk up the stairs to the upper floor. Any advice on what to do to the tops? I was thinking of gussets that the crown will attach to, then 1/4” cherry ply on the top flush with the top of the crown.

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood

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#7 posted 10-22-2015 02:03 PM

I don’t have an either/or answer to your side panel question. Either solution would wok, it depends on a few things. In all likelihood, I would just veneer them on. If I could make a panel that wouldn’t look awkward I’d do that. It’s not likely I would put plywood on it, though if the edge is covered by the protruding face frame it might look pretty nice. If you go ahead with your play to ply the top exposure, you could just make a frame that lays on top of the cabinet and lay it in place, with the ply laying on top. That way nothing is permanent (in case you change your mind, and it would be fairly easy to pull off.

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