We're preparing for kitchen remodel and are really drawn to the look
of inset doors for the cabinets. However, I don't think we can swing
custom cabinets (more like, 99% sure we can't afford it), and I
haven't found a stock or semi-custom line that has inset doors as an
I know that some companies (e.g., maplecraftusa.com) sell custom doors
and face frames, would it be possible to apply custom face frames and
inset doors to a stock cabinet box from, say, like Ikea or Kraftmaid?
If yes, any special tricks or advice on how best to do this? We can
hire a carpenter if this requires any skill, assuming it still saves
us money over the fully custom route.
Marc in Seattle
If you are willing to apply doors and face frames, building the boxes
yourself in your garage should be no problem at all.
A Kreg jig, a good quality biscuit joiner, a contractor's grade saw with a
good fence, and some decent clamps, and you're on your way. If you buy
prefinished cabinet grade ply, or similar composite materials, even 90% of
the finishing work is done already.
You need to, right now, find a book on making kitchen cabinets. Jim
Tolpin, Danny Proulx, Udo Schmidt or a bunch of other folks, have written
good ones. If nothing else, you'll be a better informed consumer.
But the face frames and inset doors are really the hard part. If you buy
those, you're well on your way.
mr email@example.com (RMS) wrote in
The way I saved some cash was to make up a sample, double wide upper
cabinet, the way I THOUGHT LOML wanted to see it. Maple Shaker style,
overlay doors, prefinished birch ply boxes.
Everything's just fine. Except she KNOWS she wants natural cherry, now.
And I have a nice shop cabinet, hanging over the freezer. Still haven't
done the kitchen, however. Material costs were trivial, compared to making
Have fun! Buy a new tool or two.
On 30 Oct 2004 20:11:48 -0700, mr firstname.lastname@example.org (RMS) wrote:
You could order up your cabinets with fillers between the boxes and
then order prefinished trim to apply over the fillers. It will give
you the same look as inset doors.
You will also need a filler at the top and the bottom, with the
accompanying trim, to pull this off.
"People funny. Life a funny thing." Sonny Liston
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.)
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
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