Well the end is in sight with this project. I put in a lot of hours and a lot of cold nights to get this finished. In this article I will go over with you how I completed the drawer fronts and door installation. So let’s begin…
- 3/4” plywood
- 3/4” pine for end caps (optional)
Jigs and Hardware from Rockler:
Hardware from Rockler used:
I began by taking a full sheet of plywood and laying it on its side to represent the drawer fronts along the entire length of the cabinet. By measuring just underneath the countertop to the floor you can cut the widths of the drawer fronts and the 1/8 inch gap is automatically made by the saw blade.
During the batch cutting process I also cut up strips for the doors. The doors are 47 inches tall which is a lot longer than most upper cabinetry. I have very tall ceiling heights in my garage so I wanted to make as much use of the space as I could and waste nothing.
Once all of my pieces were cut I took them outside and gave them several coats of paint, sanding in between coats for smoother finish. You must make sure that your paint is cured well enough before attempting to sand. Otherwise, your sandpaper will start clogging during the process of sanding. I also laid out painter’s paper to protect my Assembly Table and my Table Saw Cabinet. This is a great method for bringing your paint drying process out of the cold.
Now comes a time of installing the drawer fronts. This can sometimes be a tricky process but this time I had a little help. Believe me, I have tried any way and every way I know of to install drawer fronts. These little jigs from Rockler work the best to me.
Next comes the installation of the drawer pull hardware. Yet another jig helped me out with this process. Not only is installing the hardware tedious but it’s also very important to make sure that it’s not only centered but straight. This jig makes quick work of that.
Lastly, the hinge installation is one of the most complicated parts of door installations. Euro style hinges make it very easy to screw up. Rockler, again, has come to the rescue with an innovative jig to make this so much easier.
There is another half of the euro hinge that needs to be located inside the cabinet. The use of the JIG IT hinge locator makes easy work of this as well for frame-less style hinges
Once all the hardware is attached and located properly in the cabinets as well as the doors, then installation is a snap, literally.
Use the same door handle locator jig to drill holes for your door handles.
Finally, enjoy the fruits of your labor. Thanks for watching and I hope you can enjoy cabinets like these for yourself.
If you are interested, be sure and visit my plans section and download a set for yourself. BOOM!!!