|Forum topic by FaTToaD||posted 06-02-2011 04:43 PM||1223 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-02-2011 04:43 PM
In the next few weeks I will be refacing our kitchen with new doors and drawers. I plan on doing the doors shaker style using MLCS Katana rail and stile router bits. The drawer fronts will be solid wood, maybe with a bevel on the edges, and box jointed prefinished maple ply for the drawers themselves. All installed with Blum soft close European hinges and drawer slides.
Now, there’s going to a lot of “firsts” for me in this project, especially the part about making cabinet doors, so I have a few questions.
- Everything is going to be painted, so I get to do it on the cheap and use poplar. However, I’m unsure whether I should use 1/4” MDF or plywood for the center panel on the doors. No raised panel, just a flat panel. Since its being painted, which material would be a better choice?
- The current plan is to build, prime, and paint the doors and drawer fronts. Is there any need to first apply a sanding sealer or anything like that?
- The current cabinets have a face frame, so I’ll have to use the European hinges that attach to the frame. I’ve installed ones that mount to the inside face of the cabinet, is there anything I need to be aware when using the face frame models?
- Any tips for installing the drawer slides with a face frame cabinet?
- Any other tips, tricks, or advice from you experts?
Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to get some feedback before I dove head first into this. Any comments will be appreciated. Thanks!