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05-29-2010 03:34 PM

As most of you know or have figured out, we are more of a hobby shop that does cusom wall unit/kitchens on the side. I just landed my 3rd job of the year, thus the reason I don’t consider us a full bore shop, YET!

Well, we are excited and blessed to land this “small” oak kitchen. A major hurtle I have is the lady insisted that I have the cabinets completed and installed by 6/12/2010. Otherwise we would not have gotten the job and we needed this job badly. I do not like rushing jobs at all as I understand you cannot rush woodworking.

I have a guy who I hired to help us, he is building the cabinets (which he is very good at). I am building the doors and my wife is building the dovetail drawers. My wife and I will complete the stain/lacquer on the doors. I purchased prefinished plywood for the cabinet boxes so that helps a lot. We all three will put the finishing touches on the cabinets such as install drawers and drawer faces and doors and finished panels, lazy suzan, etc… Then the helper/guy and I will install the cabinets. Anyway, that is the plan.

With this plan, I had to be extremely organized with my drawings/plans. We use a software which helps with that a lot. So I have figured out all of the measurements so that we are all beginning at the same time. I have never done it this way. In the past I would build the cabinets first and then measure the cabinets for the doors/drawers. I just hope my plan goes off without any issues. Any body ever do a process working three people at the same time on one kitchen before???



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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 05-29-2010 04:19 PM

Sounds like a good plan. I’ve worked 2 other guys on the same job before but never with such a short build time.
good luck.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 05-29-2010 05:10 PM

Build face frames first. That way everyone is referencing the same thing. Measure for the drawers and doors so you can be working on them while the other guy builds the boxes. Assuming it is a face frame set of cabinets, not frameless.

I used to do all our kitchens that way but I would order the doors from Cimino’s Cabinet Doors in Holister, CA and they would be delivered the next Wednesday on their regular delivery day. Usually had to give them 4 or 5 days. Drawers we built in house.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#3 posted 05-29-2010 05:15 PM

It’s great to have a person for every task good luck on this job.

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 06:06 PM

It seems to be working fine right now. I just hope with three persons working at the same time everything fits together at the end. I am sure things will work fine. I am sure I will have to make some minor adjustments at the end.

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