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Forum topic by BuckTurgidson posted 01-20-2017 11:26 PM 620 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2017 11:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet face frame

I have decided to build my own 6’ bathroom vanity for an existing dual sink configuration . Because it is so large, and the water supply lines come up through the floor, I decided to build it in-place.

So, I’ve built a base, and am getting read to put the cabinet floor on the base. The floor and face frame will overhang the base by about 3 inches for a toe-kick.

But I decided to get the experts’ input on whether I am going down the right path.

My plan is to:

  1. Cut biscuits into the floor for the side walls, and the center drawer bay.
  2. Shut-off water, remove valves, and place cabinet floor on the base.
  3. Set floor on base, and install side and drawer walls onto the biscuits. (might also opt for pocket screws here).
  4. Build and install face frame afterwards.

Am I going about this wrong?
Should I instead build 3 distinct cabinets, and 1 face frame?
Or 3 cabinets and 3 face frames?

The old vanity (pictured) was 2 separate cabinets, but no drawers. I want drawers.

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#1 posted 01-21-2017 12:24 AM

You’re doing it right. If you weren’t building it in place, then three separate cabinets would make sense, but for what you have, a single unit will be easier and come out better. Just be sure to keep everything square as you go along.

What’s your plan to attach the face frame?

BTW, I really like the abstract erotic art on the wall. It looks Peruvian, am I correct?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 01-21-2017 01:15 AM

I think the mirror installer was going for a modern Jackson Pollock look with the mastic. Too bad he only had black.

As for attaching the FF, I’ll probably cut pocket holes into the sides, and screw/glue the face frame on. I get nervous nailing into oak (splitting), and I don’t want nail holes to show. I should be able to reach into the carcass with my drill and drive the pocket screws.

I thought about biscuits, but I think it would be too hard to line-up. But if you can think of a different another way, I’m all ears.

Actually, now that I look at it, I guess one could see some eroticism in the shapes – if they were of such a mind :)

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