Monday, July 13, 2015

Custom Kitchen Cabinent Constructed

The front frame of the kitchen cabinet was built in one piece, then attached to the kick plate which is simply a 2x4.  I'm very happy the look and even happier that I am getting exactly what I envisioned.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets with 22" RV Propane Range installed
It took one day to build the cabinets and two drawers.  As mentioned, I am using 1x4s and 1x6s white pine for the drawers and 1x2s and 1x4s select pine for the face frame. The slots for the bottom were cut with a table saw, running each piece through the saw about three times to create a 1/4" wide x 3/8" deep groove.  The router table is worthless and is now for sale.  Anyone?

One advantage of building your own drawers is that commercial cabinet drawers never go to the wall, so you loose valuable space. However, leave an extra inch for adjustments!  Two drawers had to be reconstructed since they ended up 1/4" too deep!  As a perfectionist, that simply won't work. Measure twice, cut once. 

All of my drawers will have full extension, soft close slides (side mounted).  You simply make the width of your drawers 8/16-9/16" smaller than the opening.  This should explain why you must build your face frame first.  I would also suggest making the drawer 5/8" shorter than the height of the opening.  The drawer faces and cabinet doors will overlap the opening by 1/2" on all sides, so you will never see those gaps. 

I have also decided to paint the cabinets with a semi-gloss white to brighten the kitchen and provide some contrast with the floor and walls.The picture above is the unfinished wood. It sure is beautiful which makes me reluctant to paint them.

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