Well, another project Im considering forcing myself into, is to build the cabinets in my kitchen. I really really hate the thought of using particle board pre-builts, or assemble yourself cabinets at the big box stores. The only affordable ones arent all that affordable either. And finally, off the shelf cabinets don't have the exact widhths that I need, I could special order for some of the cabinets styles, but that;s adding at least 30% to the cost (Lowes).
One concept I have is to build the cabinets as boxes. Making the carcass out of 3/4 ply sides, ½- 3/8 back. No dados or anythign on the back, just secured straight w/ screws and maybe some glue.
Then setting the base cabinets on a base to create the toe kick area.
I would also stain all the wood prior to putting it all together to save staining vs glue issues that could occur.
I have read about banding machines being preferred for the veneered edges, so I think I will just opt for some solid wood and adjust my side boards depth to account for that (as well as the back sheathing).
I have not decided for sure whether to go with framed or frameless. Frameless seems like it would be easier/faster,
Now, my main concern is using those euro hinges. They seem like they would be easy enough to use, and definitely easier to adjust to align the cabinet doors if required than a standard hinge.
Another concern I have is the 2 corner cabinets. I would like to make them as EZ Reach cabinets, 2 doors hinged together so they collapse upon themselves when opening.
I know I would use a piano hinge type to connect these pairs of doors, but I am kind of clueless how I would size the doors themselves. Would one be a tad wider than the other? Wider by thickness of door and other shortened by as much.
I am a confident DIYer, and always look forward to doing new things, this however is a one shot deal and in full view for ridicule. So Id like to get it right the first time.
Or should I just make adjustments and go for the really cheap oak faced cabinets at Lowes/Home Depot?