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04-30-2010 11:45 PM

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My brother called yesterday and he and his wife have decided to remodel the house. They asked me if I wanted to build some cabinets for the bay window area of his house. It’s not a real bay window but an area that juts out by the dinning room. The aforementioned area has has 4 windows (2 in the middle and 1 on each side), and they want some storage and a counter top at window height.

I went there today and measured the area. I am having some trouble coming up with the best way to do it (amateur). The middle section would be easy for a cabinet, but the sides are at an angle to the middle. I was thinking about building it on site. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 05-01-2010 03:40 AM

Hi robc,

I’d build it onsite. I’ve installed windows of all types over the years and built a lot of additions as well and have found that, more often than not, nothing is square, plumb, level, or true in home building. Poor quality installation, materials, or just plain old settling, are the main culprits. I prefer to build things right on the site now.

Just my .02.

-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.

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#2 posted 05-01-2010 03:47 AM

Build it onsite and fit the pieces reguarly this will save you lots of time and hassle and you will have a better project in the end. At this point I work entirely onsite and it definately has its advantages when adjusting for existing conditions, however, it does limit you to what tools and methods you can use.

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#3 posted 05-01-2010 04:49 AM

Is it going to be painted? What kind of material are you thinking of using for the interior parts?

I would think you could do well by taking some good measurements and making the body of the cabinet in your shop, take it to the site and build and attach the face to it after the box is in, especially if it is to be painted. That way you can fit it without using scribe molding.

If you don’t mind seeing molding up the sides then build it all in the shop and slide it in and apply the molding and fit the top.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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