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Offline earcaesar1

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Kitchen Cabinet Work
« on: September 24, 2018, 02:16 PM »
Hey all,

I've trying to get in the planning stage of doing some kitchen cabinet remodeling. I am just a home owner and like to build things myself. I have the extra space at the top that I plan on turning my normal cabinets into full cabinets to the ceiling. The house was built in the mid 80's so matching the doors will be hard I think. I was looking to make a new door just a full cabinet length.

I was trying to find out a couple of things out. I am just trying to figure out what type of material to make the cabinets out of. They are stained and not painted. What type of plywood is used etc. The doors currently have raised panels. I am not sure 100% what design the wife will want, but what type of material is the panel typically made out of, same thing with the face frame parts. Looks like on the sides of the cabinet they have a 1/8 inch sheet of ply to cover up the screws.

I might can reuse the drawer fronts, not sure if I have to remake the drawers or not.

Tools I currently have is MFT, Domino 500, TS55, OF 1400, ETC 125, and a MIDI.

Edit:  I am looking to see opinions on if you would just try and add a new face for the part I am adding on to at the top or try and remove the old face on all the cabinets and make a new one for the whole thing?  The top cabinet I would make is top to bottom about 11.5" tall and spans the whole top of my kitchen. I would guess it would be around total worth of cabinets to make 30ft worth or so.

Thanks in advance for the feedback
« Last Edit: September 24, 2018, 03:03 PM by earcaesar1 »

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Online tjbnwi

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Re: Kitchen Cabinet Work
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2018, 10:48 PM »

I assume your reusing some of the existing cabinets? If not let us know.

You do not want to go to the ceiling with full height cabinets. Few ceilings are flat enough to allow this. Trims may need to be floated in.

Pictures of what exists please. Take a clear close up of the rail and stile profiles.

A photo showing the existing cabinets from 4-5’ also.



Offline jobsworth

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Re: Kitchen Cabinet Work
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2018, 12:42 AM »
New cabinets I make the boxes out of 3/4 shop birch. Use end panels on the end of a run if the ends are exposed.

If you want face frame cabinets, what ever your wife decides best to use a hardwood.

The basics are Maple, Oak, Cherry, Alder, Hickory and Poplar for painted.

« Last Edit: October 07, 2018, 12:46 AM by jobsworth »

Offline Billedis

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Re: Kitchen Cabinet Work
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2018, 03:32 PM »
If you are making new full height uppers, make the top rail 4 1/2" so you will have a good nailer without getting into the doors.

Re: Kitchen Cabinet Work
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2018, 06:41 AM »
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