Well I built my first full draw cabinet

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    Well I finally finished my build on the 4 draw cabinet for my parents. This will be the only stand alone cabinet. the rest will be built as one with just the cabinet doors I made. It took many hours to do (more then I thought). I did my first box joints on the draw boxes and I used biscuits to put the face frame together. Overall I am very happy with the build. I few mistakes but overall a fun project and I learned a few things along the way ( like not to build anyone free cabinets again ;))

    Here is the box jointing
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    Here is the finished cabinets. still needs to be all stained and finish.
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    Here is the start of the base of this area anyway, still have to build the upper cabinet structure and the lower area will also have a cypress breakfast bar with the little bit of counters being granite

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    Very nice wood working.
     
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    Looks great!
    Cabinets are a lot of work, but you also get a lot of satisfaction opening and closing drawers you built.
     
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    Wood master ...
     
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    I love the wood walls ,they match perfectly
     
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    Great work!
     
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    I wish I have one...
     
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    I would say that you did an excellent job. Two (three) things I would suggest. The first is that a box joint added a lot of extra work without the benefit of strength. A dovetail would be stronger but not necessary and extra work. I have a youtube video demonstrating the old school way of knocking off drawers in a few minutes vs a few hours. The second suggestion is when making the upper cabinets make them as one unit as long as possible. Unless there is a good reason making individual cabinets and screwing them together is more expensive and takes a lot more time and makes them harder to install. And last but not least use a pocket hole jig to make your face frames. Do not try to join the frames in any other way. The jig can also be used to construct the boxes and will cut your work by 80 percent.
     
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    ^^ sounds like the voice of experience!

    Looks great Rob
     
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    Wow, that is awesome! But down here in the south, we call those drawers. [just picking]
     
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    Thanks for the input. Funny you mentioned the pocket hole jig. I did buy a Kreg K5 unit, it works great. Some things I like to try and learn how to do, box joints were one of them and dovetails are another. I think it adds a nice look to the drawer. I learned a great deal on the project. Amy wants me to do ours over and I can apply a few skills I picked up. Pocket holes will be one of them for sure, super easy. I used the pocket hole to make all the cabinet boxes.
     
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    If you are interested in doing dovetails the do a search for magnetic dove tail jig. They make it easy to keep on the right angle.
     
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