|Forum topic by tooold||posted 11-23-2010 05:08 PM||2786 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
11-23-2010 05:08 PM
I’m starting work on a large kitchen and bathroom project. My first one is here – the help I got from you guys was invaluable, so thanks again.
One question I have after building and using this kitchen concerns the choice of wood for the face frames. (I live in southwest France, so the variety of wood and tools we take for granted in the US – not to mention my ability to describe what I need – is much more limited.) I used poplar in this first kitchen, which was easy to work with and lightweight. I’ve noticed, though, that it’s very sensitive to dents on the surfaces around doors and drawers and abrasions on the edges of door openings.
I’ve also had problems with the screws for the Blum hingeplates coming loose. This is caused both by the softness of the poplar and by the face frames not being consistently, 100% square, stressing the hinge assemblies – lesson learned! I think I’ve solved the problem in the first kitchen by epoxying the plates in place, as well as using epoxy in the screw holes, but that makes me a little nervous in case something ever goes really wrong – the face frame will be destroyed.
All this has led me to think that using oak for the face frames (as Jim Tolpin does in his traditional kitchen cabinets book, which I used as my main guide) would be a good alternative for the second kitchen. These cabinets will be painted like the first kitchen, so I’m not concerned with the beauty of the wood, just something more solid which would make the finished work more trouble-free as time goes on.
I’d be curious to hear opinions as to whether this would be overkill, and any alternatives Lumberjocks might suggest. Obviously, oak is tougher on my planer/thicknesser and table saw, and tools in general. Any drawbacks beyond that?
Thanks again for all your help. Once I know what I’m doing, I’ll try to contribute!