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David

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Topic tags/keywords: rta cabinet cabinets kitchen online

I tried searching the forums but didn’t see much regarding the various ready-to-assembly (RTA) cabinet stores online. I’m curious if anyone else has used them and what your experience has been. I’m specifically looking at the ginger maple line from RTACabinetStore.com

I’m not expecting them to be high end custom cabinets, my goal is something reasonably inexpensive but that will hold up well. Specifically these are the questions I have about them, I’d appreciate any words of wisdom from the people here.

1. They use a cam lock assembly, can I glue and screw them together as well?
2. The advertise all plywood or solid wood construction, no particle board. Anything I’m missing here? I don’t expect dovetailed drawers or anything fancy, but I would prefer to avoid particle board.
3. How is the finish quality?
4. Any other issues to deal with?

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/


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#1 posted 872 days ago

We use to manufacture some RTA furniture and , in my opinion, RTA furniture has it’s place. However, it’s been so long since we made any I couldn’t advise you on what is the best methods, fittings, or brand names any more. In the last year I have purchased some bookcases from Staples that I was very pleased with. My wife also purchased an RTA file cabinet from Staples and they look very nice and are well made. The best thing to do is to go inspect them in a store like Staples or the one that you are referring to that have a show room so that you can see them already put together. Sometimes there is just not time enough for us to build everything that we need.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 872 days ago

Sometimes there is just not time enough for us to build everything that we need.
Exactly my motivation here. I’d love to build them myself but my project list has been getting longer faster than I can take care of everything on it. Thanks for the reply.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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#3 posted 871 days ago

David, I know you seem weary of particle board cabinets, but if I were you I would check out IKEA cabinets. some of their stuff is very nice and not all of it is modern/european style. All the hardware is blum and works beautifully. They are really easy to build and install.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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David

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#4 posted 779 days ago

I went ahead and ordered the cabinets from RTACabinetStore.com . I looked into placed like Ikea and some of the big box places, but they were either within a few dollars or ~10-20% more expensive for particle board instead of plywood. I ordered a sample door from them and it seemed to be pretty good quality, so I took the plunge. Just under $2400 shipped. I’ll put a review on here once I get them assembled and mounted. If you don’t hear from me in a couple weeks, just wait longer :)

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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#5 posted 777 days ago

looking forward to your review on the RTA cabinets. I was looking at their site a few days ago.

-- San Diego, CA

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#6 posted 756 days ago

Finally got the cabinets delivered this afternoon, they were delayed waiting for a backordered piece to come in, but Gary was very helpful and was able to substitute some alternates instead (the 60” base cabinet was out of stock so he substituted 2×30” base cabinets to make up for it). I’ve been putting them together and so far it has gone pretty smoothly. Quality is good but not great, with the exception being the camlocks they use. I’ve never used camlocks before, but these are absolute junk… at least one on each cabinet breaks when I tighten them down using a hand screwdriver. I’ve been gluing and nailing the frames together though, so the camlocks won’t be an issue, but I was a little surprised how easily they break.

I’ll post more once I’ve got everything together and on the walls.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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#7 posted 756 days ago

One more thing… if there are any questions or pictures you’d like me to take of the process, let me know.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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