The basic cabinet is simple. Just a carcas with a face frame. The tricky
part are the doors. If you want raised panel doors, then you need a shaper
and a set of panel, rail and stile bits. These can be pricy. You could look
at a home improvement store, they may have doors available.
No. But you need to know that it will take quite a while and investment on
you part. If you are good at finishing a project and not becoming
uninterested there should be no problems. I rebuilt my whole kitchen 14
years ago. I did it in 4 steps. I would build a whole section of cabinets
and when they were finished I removed the old cabinets and replaced them
with the old ones. The kitchen was only un usable for about 2 days total
during the whole process.
All this said, because you will be buying a lot of lumber and probably not
at the same time, you will save a lot of money if you buy s2s lumber. With
s2s lumber you have a relative smooth front an back surface but the
thickness will tend be inconsistent. You will need a planer to insure that
your lumber is uniform thickness. The difference in price between s2s and
"s4s, regular looking lumber" with smooth sides and relative straight
edges", should more than buy you a new portable planer for a job of this
if you start with something basic, practise your jointery before you
commit any expensive material and such you can probably save some
money and have a good time doing it.
AND... we'll be glad to act as a knowledge resource ; ^ )
Not at all unrealistic. Check out my website below, Page 1 of the projects
section ... for pictures of the "proof is in the pudding" with regard to
doing your own kitchen cabinets.
There are plenty here who will be glad to answer your questions.
Go for it. Don't let lack of experience stop you. Just expect it to
take much more time then you think.
I'm doing just that. haven't done any wood working in 40 yrs. My wife
wanted a new kitchen. The works, floor, ceiling, appliances, the works.
I'm a machinist, but not a woodworker. Had no shop, do now.
coming out pretty good, just have to go back and fix things now & then.
Spend way too much time figuring out how to do something. My wife
sure is proud of them.
And the real kicker is we will spend less money for everything then the
cabinets we were looking at. 33 ft of base, 15 ft of uppers. Slides on
everything in the bases. All appliances built in.
Arrogance and ignorance will carry you a long way.
ave Dolbow wrote:
Not at all... I'm building my own kitchen... started it in about 1985 by making an
island, and then replacing a built-in
counter that was only 16" wide with one 24". The island is now a peninsula with the
Then a few years later I really got moving when I replaced all the plumbing and the
cast iron sink, and put built in
cabinets. (That sink really held me up...) I never made doors for them because I
wasn't sure if I would replace them
with better or not. I'm making the doors at this very moment!! 10 years late...
The upper cabs I made years ago complete with the doors, I used a very simple design,
not raised panels but flat tongue
and groove in a frame. It's all pine... I'm now making new wall and floor cupboards
around the fridge where I just had
stuff piled up on a microwave cart, and on top of the fridge... I will have a place
for garbage and re-cyclebull's...
I've changed my materials and technique a bit over the years... I now use solid pine
instead of veneered press wood, and
I have a biscuit joiner to do the basic carcass joints. And a router table for the
edges... far superior to the pilot
bit. I want to get a dovetail jig next...
But I'm still debating whether or not to replace the first cabinets I made... they
aren't the best!! If I do, I'll make
sure I can still use my newer doors and drawers.
I'll put a pic up at A.B.W
PS I don't have a planer either! Nor a table saw...
Go for it!
But since this would be a first. I would build an upper and a base cabinet
to get your feet wet. Then you will have a better understanding of what
other tools would make the job easier. A planer is a big plus I found this
out after working with stock lumber on my first set of cabinets. S2S is not
all the same thickness.
Oh, and do all this prior to dismantling the kitchen.
A circular saw and a decent guide will get you most of the way there,
especially if you buy the door fronts. Naturally a drill, tablesaw
and miter saw will help tremendously. A router with a few basic bits
and you've got flat doors and some with designs with no problem, a
panelling set and you're pretty much done. A jointer and planer are
nice, especially for face frames, door frames and thicknessing
FWIW, basic stock cabinets are less hassle, less expensive and
thanks to all who responded. I just found this NG and I will keep comming
back for this and many other projects. Also, I spent 5 minutes setting up
the filter so the trolls won't be bothering me.
So this tread is a wealth of info.
I too am contemplating - trying to get started with the same project. Going
to practice in the utility room first with the same style techniques as the
kitchen (face frames, raised panel doors lots of options). I also spent a
day with Marc Adams at a recent wood show. well worth the $100, one of the
best hints was trying to remember you are building cabinets, not furniture
and they will probably be out of style in 15 years, which just happens to be
twice the average length of stay for homeowners.
Been slowly gathering - justifying the tools too :-)
Planer, jointer and maybe a HVLP sprayer to go.....
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