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TrailerParadise 01-10-2013 11:42 AM

First attempt at kitchen cabinet
 
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Here is my first attempt at a kitchen cabinet. This will be the sink base, all it is missing is doors. What do you think? Any suggestions or tips?

Please do not answer just to be rude, constructive criticism is one thing but please do not just get on here to tell me it looks like crap.

TrailerParadise 01-10-2013 11:45 AM

It is made from 3/4" oak plywood, the face frame is whitewood 1x2's with a 1x3 in the middle. I wanted poplar or oak or something but Lowes only carries whitewood in precut 1x2's. I put it together with a Kreg Jig and many pocket screws and gorilla wood glue. Base is oak 2x4's. The doors will be made of 1x3's (whitewood) and 1/2" oak plywood.

maranello055 01-10-2013 01:09 PM

Looks very good! I don't see how anyone could criticize you on it at all! Now only 8+ or so more to build!

TrailerParadise 01-10-2013 01:26 PM

Thanks! Only eight more plus the bathroom vanity

joecaption 01-10-2013 01:32 PM

Two late now but they do stock red oak in the trim area.
I've just been ordering my doors on line.

TrailerParadise 01-10-2013 01:48 PM

Well when i asked about it before i made it, you guys told me not to use oak because i wanted to paint them white. So my only choice was whitewood, or drive across town to Home Depot and get poplar, if they had it in stock.

TrailerParadise 01-10-2013 03:14 PM

And i looked at doors online, but it costs $32 for a simple slab door, i wanted shaker style doors, and i can make a shaker style door for less than $10. i worked on those last night.

ddawg16 01-10-2013 03:32 PM

I'm the one who said not to paint oak....

I'm surprised that you can't get poplar at HD. Its only marginally more expensive than white pine and much stronger. But what you have looks good. It's getting painted so your going to be fine.

However, instead of using gorilla glue, just use good wood glue. I think you will find it works better for porous wood than gorilla glue...

One other thing....I would have used melamine for the bottom shelf....then you don't have issues with paint chiping off. The melamine makes a great surface for that....and that is one place the gorilla glue does work well. But, I wouldn't take it apart just for that reason. Just future reference.

TrailerParadise 01-10-2013 03:41 PM

HD does carry poplar, but the closest HD is 40-something miles away, whereas Lowes is only 19 miles. Lowes does not carry poplar, only red oak and whitewood. I couldnt remember who told me that, sorry. I wont be painting the bottom, just the sides of the interior and the face frame. I read on here somewhere about putting wood flooring in the bottom of the cabinet and it sounds good to me, so i think im going to put the same wood inside that is on the kitchen floor. That way it will look seamless. might not work, idk, ill just have to try it and see.

ddawg16 01-10-2013 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by TrailerParadise (Post 1090591)
HD does carry poplar, but the closest HD is 40-something miles away, whereas Lowes is only 19 miles. Lowes does not carry poplar, only red oak and whitewood. I couldnt remember who told me that, sorry. I wont be painting the bottom, just the sides of the interior and the face frame. I read on here somewhere about putting wood flooring in the bottom of the cabinet and it sounds good to me, so i think im going to put the same wood inside that is on the kitchen floor. That way it will look seamless. might not work, idk, ill just have to try it and see.

Sounds like a plan to me.....we expect pictures when done.

TrailerParadise 01-10-2013 03:50 PM

Definitely but ill be posting them in my Project Showcase thread. I wont be making seperate threads for the whole thing, i just wanted to get opinions on the construction of this first cabinet.

jagans 01-10-2013 05:07 PM

By whitewood you mean white pine?

Have you considered biscuits for joinery?

What you have done looks good from the one picture you posted.

Better than MDF in my opinion. That stuff is crap. Heavy Crap.

ddawg16 01-10-2013 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by jagans (Post 1090617)
By whitewood you mean white pine?

Have you considered biscuits for joinery?

What you have done looks good from the one picture you posted.

Better than MDF in my opinion. That stuff is crap. Heavy Crap.

I love biscuits....I've used the crap out of my biscuit cutter (time to get the blade sharpened). But, even using the smallest biscuits (00 I think), it's hard to get them to work on face frames....but I use them on the bottom shelf when the outside is going to be exposed. If not exposed, I use screws.

Here is an example of one of the cabinets I made....this is out of soft maple (which is not so soft)

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e3...ookShelves.jpg

oh'mike 01-10-2013 07:17 PM

White wood? I wonder if that is aspen---

I like what I see here --doors can take some learning---good luck, I look forward to seeing the doors---

cleveman 01-10-2013 10:48 PM

Boy that looks like crap!

Just kidding.

I understand you want to paint. Hopefully you can get that out of your system some day.

Don't use oak plywood, use 3/4" bcx for everything and 1/2 for the backs. Put some tops on them.

Don't use 2x4's for the base. Just use 22 1/2" x 34 sides with a 4x4 toekick cut out.

Don't use a 1x3 for the middle of the facing. Use 2" wide everywhere, also for your doors.

Don't use 1/2" plywood for your doors, use 1/4".

Paint the inside of your cabinets. Poly the face frames and doors.


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