Dec 20, 2009

Tinker, Tailor, Cabinet Maker

I have always tinkered, even tailored a bit, but this was the first time I set about to build kitchen cabinets.
Once again, the tres amigos were in action with ideas and support. Dale was way ahead, having taken measurements home to BC and in his fully equipped shop, prebuilt some upper sections and had them installed quickly. Dale also brought down a little table saw which we installed behind Bob and Dot’s. While I was busy for a week or two with my “sticks” project, Bob launched in to fabricating shelves and drawers for their lower cabinets. I managed to get some lower shelves installed and we have added a temporary store bought drawer unit.
But the upper cabinets beckoned and along with Bob we had "shop class" for several days. We had fun consulting and comparing our styles and plans. And commenting, encouraging and adapting our work as it went along.
My project will not make it into the pages of Fine Woodworking, unlike Susan’s brother, Richard’s work. However I am pleased with the results made with my little cordless Ryobi skil saw and drill set.
With 3 upper units painted in two colours and installed, it is still a work in progress, but we have most of the plates, bowls, mugs and glasses on display. Still not sure about doors.


Calypso said...

How are the material prices for your wood projects in your neck of the woods?

Nice job btw.

Glen and Susan - said...

Wood prices are comparable to those in Canada, I think. Here in Playa there are at least 6 well stocked lumber (madera) outlets. Each one has product different in variety and quality. There are a several mexican woods from hardwood like zapote to a choice of grades of mexican pine. The better qualities of dimensional lumber is very clear (knot-free). It comes a little rough and oversize. They will plane it, and trim it to the exact sizes you want.
Plywood comes in all kinds of widths and finishes, in 4' x 8' sheets.
Those cabinets were built of 1/2 inch plywood and 1x2 (more or less) pine.