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Forum topic by Charlie posted 05-22-2012 04:23 PM 885 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2012 04:23 PM

Working on a cabinet build for the kitchen. I think I’m going to go with the Blum Tandembox drawer system. I’m kinda pressed for time and have lots of other stuff that needs doing AND if I had ordered cabinets, this is the drawer system I would have liked in them.

If you’re unfamiliar, these are like the regular Blum undermounts, except the “drawer profile” (the part that goes on the drawer) is the cabinet side. You basically cut a bottom and a back for each drawer. The drawer front get a pair of fixing clips on it and it snaps into the front of the drawer profile. They have the Blum soft close built in (Blumotion).

For $53 I think I’m going to get the boring jig. It’ll just make life easier and I won’t have to make another jig.

I was originally going to just use the Blum undermounts and make all the drawer boxes and fronts. Going to Tandembox adds about 30% to my hardware expense for the drawers, but saves me some on baltic birch and saves me a lot of time.

They also look cool. :)
I saw after searching here on LJ that someone (can’t remember who) used them in a workbench for their son. Musta been a good sale. Cabinet hardware is the expensive part of building these things so far. I haven’t even GOT to the hinges for the other cabinets yet. Those will be the euro style with soft close as well. Should be interesting. :)

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 04:40 PM

It’s a nice system. Don’t pay retail—theres a 100% markup on them suckers!
Find a good wholesale account and then press them.
They like to run tiered pricing and new accounts usually start at the highest levels.
If you have a good established wholesale account, press them for a deal.
It will save you tons of dough.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 05:43 PM

I bought the walnut for my island top from a guy that owns a cabinet shop. He knows I’m DIY’ing the kitchen. Actually gave me a tour of his shop. I wonder if he could get me a deal. I also need to talk to him and buy some more of that walnut. At $3.50 a bd foot I wish I could buy a LOT more, but ….. it’s a money thing.
OR…. I could just create an account with a wholesaler that handles Blum. I’m up close to $700 in drawer hardware and that’s without one cabinet (maybe 2) and I haven’t begun to price out the Blum hinges for the doors yet. I have 17 or so doors to hang.

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#3 posted 05-23-2012 12:30 AM

The cabinet maker gave me the name of his Blum rep and said I can order direct through him. He also gave me his sources for plywood. :) What a nice guy. Really. How many cabinet makers would go out of their way to help someone who is building their own cabinets?

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