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Offline fignewton

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Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts
« on: September 26, 2020, 12:06 PM »
Whew!  Just getting around to posting this.  Our kitchen had builder-grade cabinets with standard 3/4" overlap doors and drawer fronts.  My bride had painted them in the past and they looked ok, but it wasn't what she wanted.  The face frames were Benjamin Moore dark grey with the doors, etc. a few shades lighter for a slight contrast.  After looking at options, and considering that the boxes were OK, we decided to make 27 all new doors and 14 drawer fronts.  This project took about 5 months.
For the doors, I used soft maple for rails and stiles, and MDF for panels.  I have an excellent Sommerfeld router table/cabinet with Triton router, and I used their shaker style bit set.  I've used this set a bunch, and they work super.  (You can even get an optional shim kit that lets you vary for 1/4 true panels.) We wanted to minimize the face frame exposure, so I ordered Blum Compact hinges with 1 9/16 overlays.  I had to calculate the door sizes for each opening, but the effect is what we wanted.  Did a new maple lazy susan insert, and trimmed out around the doors for it.

 Making the doors was pretty straight-forward, but finishing was more of a learning curve.  At first, I tried to spray Sherwin Williams Emerald, but my Earlex wouldn't do the job. Then tried BM Advance, and same story.  So, after much research, I got a Fuji Platinum 4-stage system with the GLPC gun.  Much better finish, but then another breakthrough.  Reading on forums, discovered the General Finishes white pigmented poly, and that's what I used.  That stuff is spectacular.  Did white satin finish.  What made the project take so long was my finishing process.  I'd make about 6 doors at a time.  Then, prime the backs, wait a day, then shoot the poly, wait 2 days.  Then flip them over and start again.  Pics show the after, along with new countertops and sink.

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Offline afish

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Re: Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2020, 01:15 PM »
Good job, Im sure the wife is happy.  I feel your pain on the finishing issues.  It can be tough to find room to stack and dry all the doors while they are drying.  One thing I did was take some 2x4's and drilled some holes for 1/2 ENT conduit on a slight upward angle and clamp it to some HD shelving.  Im thinking I might sandwich the 2x4's permanently between the floor to ceiling cabinets I plan on building.  That way I can just pop in the conduit when needed for drying rack.   

Offline mkasdin

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Re: Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2020, 01:55 PM »
The countertop is quartz? Corian?

Offline six-point socket II

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Re: Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2020, 01:58 PM »
Great looking kitchen, nice work! Thanks for sharing!

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Oliver
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Oliver

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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2020, 02:52 PM »
I really like the contrasting cabinets and doors.  I would never have thought to do that, but it looks spectacular!  Sweet job!   [smile]

Question - how did you treat the cabinet interiors? 
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  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline rst

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Re: Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2020, 05:02 PM »
Very nice!

Offline fignewton

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Re: Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2020, 09:30 PM »
countertops are a beautiful quartz in pure white with slight grey veining.  Sink is a Blanco granite in steel grey. Interiors of the boxes are the original natural color light oak plywood with clearcoat of some kind. 
TS55, MFT3+, OF1400, C12, CT-26, LR-32 system, Domino 500, RO125, MFK 700, Carvex w/ accsy, Sys-roll,  CXS, Kapex, UG with extensions, RO90

Offline JimD

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Re: Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2020, 04:21 PM »
Looks great!  When I want a durable white finish I use Resisthane.  I have used a bunch of it in clear too.  I get it from Hood Industries who also sell a great stain blocking primer that is very compatible.  I can do three coats in a day with my 3 stage Fuji.