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Old 10-07-2011, 04:59 PM   #16
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Snav---Do you have a table saw or are you making all your cuts with a straight edge and a circular saw?

Looks really nice from here--just curious.

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Nice! Very nice!
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Thanks for the compliments.

Mike: Tools in use - tape measure, 6' steel measuring staff, skill saw, chisel, hand sander, hammer, 90-clamps and a stash of ABC blocks for a 'workbench' (I stand four on end and butt the pieces up against it for a firm hammering or cutting 'wall' or spread them out to support a 4x8 sheet and so on)
I have a jigsaw but I don't need that yet. It's been such a long time since I've used it there's going to be a learning curve which I'll take out on some scrap pieces of wood.

So far I'm pleased with my work - everything is going together flush and I haven't had any serious mis-measuring or mis-cutting. Considering my limitations in the tools department my cuts are quite tight and everything fits quite snug - I hope the Egyptians would be proud.

I've never done face-framing before but so far there's nothing I haven't been able to do right so I'm not put off by the whole idea of it - it'll look nice when I'm finished come hell or high-water. Years of furniture crafting and other work with these basic tools have set me up for a good cabinet experience so far and I'm enjoying it. Mostly because I'm still getting the kitchen design and style that I wanted without ponying out a lot of extra dough for pre-fab cabinets.

Afterthought: upper cabinet interior height is 41" (full height thus is 41.75") - interior depth is 11.25 - after hanging they will be 43.25" from the ceiling - lower cabinets are traditional height and depth. For my cuts I carefully measure - mark my lines with my staff and cut with my saw. I don't clamp on a straight-edge. Of course it's slow and careful with my saw. I drive my husband nuts, he calls me 'Dr Wood' (from a Monster House episode) and gets annoyed easily and tends to leave me alone when I work.
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Another done, this will hang above the fridge. This one completes the upper cabinets on Wall-D. Now it's onto the upper cabinets for Wall-A (just 3 upper - 2 lower). I'll hang the uppers - get them all prettied up while I have full access to them and then craft the remaining lower cabinets.

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For my cuts I carefully measure - mark my lines with my staff and cut with my saw. I don't clamp on a straight-edge.


That is nothing short of astounding, particularly when building boxes like that with doors. You must have an incredibly steady hand. My hat is off to you! Can't wait to see the finished product. I am so rooting for you
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That is nothing short of astounding, particularly when building boxes like that with doors. You must have an incredibly steady hand. My hat is off to you! Can't wait to see the finished product. I am so rooting for you
Thank you much.

I'm using a framing blade as well - which produces a decent cut but it's not as quick to work it's way through the wood leaving me able to walk or crawl along as I go. I have to sand the edges when I'm done a bit.
A plywood blade - while it produces a flawless cut and a smooth edge - tends to cut so quickly it just doesn't work with how I have to do things.

I'd like a table saw one of these days - by the time I set myself on buying one I won't need it anymore.
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It's Wednesday - I started the upper cabinets last Wednesday so it took a week to finish them all - tomorrow I will hang them and start working on the face frame. This will give me twice as much upper cabinet storage space than I had before including space sized for certain items like all of my cutting boards and cookie/muffin sheet (etc). Things that I've never had a special place for - and now I do.

Cost for all the upper cabinets (including the wood for the door and face-frame as well as the sandpaper, nails, stain and finish oil: $240.00.

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Nice work on the cabinets, with a skilsaw to boot! I've been thinking about making my own cabinets for the permenant kitchen when I get near that stage. I've got a good bit of woodworking experience, just not in cabinetmaking. You've motivated me to make my own cabinets, but I might buy the doors though, depending on price. We'll just use our Habitat ReStore cabinets this winter.
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Keep us posted--this is a fun post.

And a good example of what can be done with the tools that you already own.---Mike---
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Thanks all

Right now I'm really peeved with the kitchen progress - I've tried over 20 different methods of staining/painting/bleaching/inking/pickling/charring wood and still can't figure out the best thing to do for the kitchen cabinets. He insisted the walls have to be yellow and so that really robs me of options. I don't think browns go with yellow lest we relive the 60's - but I don't want to paint the wood, either, what's the point of that?

I'm going to try a few last things today (a variety of liming mixtures) - and of all these options we have to pick one even if we don't love it. GGAAAAHHH! We have yellow walls and I don't love it so why stop there? I think I almost have it, though.

If all this effort to lighten things up without muting the grain fails I'll go with a slight brown stain and just oil it over (like a butcher block finish).

Oh and wouldn't you know - I've been so focused on the work in the kitchen that I've put *other stuff* off for so long I have no choice but to take time off of figuring this out to do things like get the kid's id cards at post - get a new tire put on the van - buy toilet paper. LOL - stuff like that.
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Well poo all that! None of it pleases me!

What does, however - is red mahogany and early american mix for the door style . . . I've done samples - looks great, love it. Yes - even WITH the yellow walls. . .since we went with pine for the cabinets it'll have highlights of yellows.

The door design will be something like this - mahogany on the outside, early american on the inside.


Going with this scheme - we'll end up with a kitchen that looks more like this - and who wouldn't love it? I definitely dig the idea and it's only a matter of changing our stain choice for our wood.
http://www.kitchen-design-ideas.org/...#axzz1aoFuRZQe
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Ahha! 3 of 7 upper cabinets are in - this is Wall-D above the sink.
And now you can see how uneven the ceiling is - believe it or not these cabinets are perfectly plumb and level. The house really is falling in on itself - it's not *my* lack of work-abilities. After the face frame and doors are in place this gap won't be quite so obvious in the corner - I might even fill it in with some sheet rock and level it off that way - paint, blend, etc.

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Wow very impressive! I tried just following a line without a straight edge before, and it was a disaster, I should have just used a jig saw while I was at it. LOL

I do plan to build my own cabinets/workbench in my garage some time, though I will be using a straight edge lol.
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Well so far that's been the easy part - I'm working on plans to bend the framing for the doors into shape. This will get interesting.
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Well so far that's been the easy part - I'm working on plans to bend the framing for the doors into shape. This will get interesting.
More pic's of bending ect... dorf dude...

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