Tuesday, January 22, 2013

built-in cabinetry pickup

The largest unfinished portion of the rehab is the cabinetry.    I have too many custom sized items for me to have gone to big box store, or even semi-custom order.  After getting quotes from full-service cabinet supply showrooms in Chicago ($2000 for 2 cabinets?), I decided to go a completely different route.

Since there are many 'refacing' options available online, I figured I could build the cabinet box and then buy the doors/drawers/hardware separately.  It took me some time to realize to build a perfectly square cabinet box is no easy task, especially with the precision required to create frame-less (European style) cabinets.  Just having a decent table saw is not good enough.

I contracted Heartland Cabinet Supply to build the boxes to my specs, using the Blum Process 32 (32mm cabinetmaking) system for drawings.  Gary, the owner, was nice enough to work with me on my 'odd' project, and he seemed happy to help.

my Ford Ranger pickup with 5 cabinets, including tall bookcase

The cabinets were all made using 3/4" plywood on CNC routing machine.  They're perfectly sized to the drawings to the millimeter!

bathroom vanity cabinets, with whiteoak edgebanded fronts,
stacked on top of each other.  They'll be side by side against the wall soon
I'm spending this week getting my measurements together to order the remaining parts from Northern Contours in Minnesota.  They have some nice horizontal grain doors/drawer fronts available.  All the bathroom cabinets will be frameless, full-overlay.  The hallway hutch cabinets will have traditional face frame with some stained glass cabinet doors.