October 5, 2016

Building Cabinets part 2

So today was a demo day at the house, and I'll post about that some time, but I'm still trying to catch up on the cabinet building posts.


Here are some pictures of a few more cabinet boxes that I built. Pictured on the left is a massive 48" x 22 1/2" x 8' pantry, and on the right are a couple of cabinets that will surround the microwave that goes above the range.

9 out of 10 fingers isn't bad, is it?  I honestly don't know how I did this. It didn't hurt, and it was barely a scratch, but it bled like crazy. I texted a picture to Vanessa just to see if she actually reads my texts.  She asked if I was in the ER, and I responded "morgue" because I didn't want her to worry.


After the boxes were built, it was time to build the face frames for the cabinets. I took a full day to get all of the pieces laid out so that I could cut my mortise and tenons perfectly. The next day I got them all cut, and managed to slice my hand . . . like a man . . . and then got all of the frames pieced together and ready to glue.  Due to my previous text to Vanessa, she dropped by to check on me, and pointed out that the little drawers were supposed to go on the top, not the bottom.  I guess somebody laid their pattern piece upside down.  Thankfully she pointed this out before I glued it all together, because I was able to fix my mistake without re-cutting all of the pieces.

 Big drawers on the bottom. Just like they should be.

I also somehow managed to make my face frames for the cabinets that surround my microwave about 1 and 1/2 inches too wide.  I ended up remaking my boxes to be a bit wider to accommodate the bigger cabinets. It actually was a pretty fortuitous mistake, because I had forgotten to size the boxes to accommodate end panels for either cabinet, and this allowed me to do that.


This guy was a trooper. He was given the option of going to the shop with me, or grocery shopping with his mom and sisters. About 15 minutes after the girls left to shop, he wrote me a note that said "dad I am bord." I said, "Well buddy, two things: 1. Bored is B-O-R-E-D, but I got it, and 2. You're stuck here now and there's nothing I can do about it. I didn't hear a single complaint until (at 7:00 pm) he said, "Dad, are we going to eat supper tonight?" I guess I need to reassess my priorities.
He's smiling here because we were leaving.

Cabinets are more durable if you wear Michigan Wolverine apparel!


Despite the challenges, I really am enjoying the cabinet project. It's a lot of fun to see it all come together. The tough part is not getting to see Vanessa and the kids as much.  Our two middle daughters manage to sneak into my bed most nights so that I can bring them to their bed when I get done working.

A typical scene when I get done working late.

That's a wrap on this post. See ya next time.
Chris