When we last saw David's kitchen the boxes were done and the face frames
Since then I have painted and installed the face frames. The face frames are
made of poplar (pocket screwed) and were painted with one coat of Zinser
shellac based primer and two coats of oil based white melamine paint.
Next task for the cabinets, drawers.
I bought one sheet each of 5'x5' 5/8" and 3/8" Baltic birch plywood for the
drawers and applied three coats of water based poly to each side. Finishing
the sheets is much easier then finishing the assembled drawers.
I started by ripping the 5/8" sheet into widths for the various drawer
sides. There are only 5 drawers and three heights, so it didn't take long.
Here are the ripped strips with little tags as to what's what,
There was lots of machining to do to turn 20 pieces of ply into the drawer
sides. Here is a shot of me rounding (breaking the edges really) on the top
edge of each piece,
A shot of all the parts after all machining,
All the parts for one drawer ready for glueup,
You can see the groove for on three sides for the ply bottom to slide into,
the 1/4"x1/4" dado on the front of each side to accept the 1/4"x1/4" tongue
from the drawer front for the lock rabbet joint and the 5/8" dado at the
rear of the sides for the back.
The five drawers in clamps,
Here I am screwing in the 3/8" ply bottom with 1" self tapping Kreg screws,
Next it was time to install the drawers onto the drawer slides. I am using
100lb side mount, full extension mounts from Lee Valley. Since I am using
face frames, I also bought the face frame mounting kits for the slides
rather than shimming out the sides of the boxes flush with the face frames
under the slides like I did on my folks kitchen (there was no such kit for
their slides). Since I never seem to use the same slide twice and don't have
a lot of experience with any (and with no instructions), placing a thin
piece of plywood under the drawer and pulling the drawer side up to secure
it to the drawer seemed like the best idea,
Worked pretty well actually...
Here is a fuzzy picture of the five drawers installed,
And an overall shot of the seven cabinets that will make up my new kitchen,
Now all I have to do is make and paint 22 raised panels :) .
More to come, thanks for looking,
Every Neighbourhood has one, in Mine I'm Him.