First cabinet build - outsourcing drawer fronts

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Forum topic by HenryD posted 02-21-2011 07:17 AM 1227 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2011 07:17 AM

I’m planning to build my first set of base cabinets (5 standard 36” for the garage/ practice). I’m wondering if many people buy their drawer fronts elesewhere. I’m not equipped to build the fronts I’d like, but I’ve seen them at Rockler. Any other places I should look and think about purchasing the fronts from?

I’m planning on building the cases out of 3/4” baltic birch plywood, but I also thought about using this stuff called sandeply from Home Depot. I can build the drawers, just not the fronts. My ability and equipment with my router are too untested.

What sort of advice do you have for outsourcing the drawer fronts?

Thanks all,


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#1 posted 02-21-2011 11:04 AM

If you want to outsource, how about a local cabinet shop? That’s what they do, after all…

That being said, if these are your garage/test/shop cabinets, what is holding you back from making the fronts yourself? What kind of fronts are you wanting and why do you feel you can’t try to make them? I’m sure you can get a lot of help here to get you on your way, and you’ll probably feel more satisfied with the end product having tackled it yourself.

You can make very simple drawer fronts from plywood and just roundover the edges. Then when you’re ready to replace them with something fancier and try new router techniques, give frame and panel construction a try! After all, what’s shop furniture good for if not to try your hand at various techniques?

Just my $0.02.

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