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Old 02-06-2017, 02:44 PM   #11
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I love doing demolition on that type of cabinet. One swing with a crowbar and they SHATTER.
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Old 02-06-2017, 05:51 PM   #12
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I had a cabinet shop get me a quote for for kitchen cabinet... $450

1) carcass & face frame only (no doors or drawers)
2) shop grade plywood (I will sand & paint)
3) no countertop (I will buy & install)

Does this sound kinda high? Inline or out of line?
I'd still have to get my buddy to build doors & drawers... There's another couple $ hundred, plus another $ hundred or so countertop.

Almost $1000 for a 7' kitchen cabinet seems kinda high to me, but I don't build or buy cabinets!

if thats the case and your tools are in storage. if it is possible i would still just go buy a cheapo $100 table saw and do it yourself. probably would still come out ahead and maybe sell saw back on craigslist half off. they might build them for house style and not for a custom application like a bus. I've seen a lot of videos on this subject and the easiest thing i can say is to just frame out your cabinets with 2X4s in your bus and then build a quick face frame with a drill and a $30 kreg joiner. it'll look just as nice and be 1/2 the price!
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:17 PM   #13
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BurlKing is right. Although I don't think I would use 2x4's. That is a lot of added weight you don't necessarily need. The problem that I usually have is I over engineer everything. The kreg pocket screws are great but you have know way of making sure your stiles & rails are square and properly diminished. You would have to have a joiner to accomplish that. If you buy your lumber from Lowes or Home Depot, then you wind up paying way too much for the material. It is definitely a problem if you don't have the right tools. Maybe I should just outfit a trailer and travel around building cabinets for some of my fellow SKOOLIES.
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:22 PM   #14
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if thats the case and your tools are in storage. if it is possible i would still just go buy a cheapo $100 table saw and do it yourself. probably would still come out ahead and maybe sell saw back on craigslist half off. they might build them for house style and not for a custom application like a bus. I've seen a lot of videos on this subject and the easiest thing i can say is to just frame out your cabinets with 2X4s in your bus and then build a quick face frame with a drill and a $30 kreg joiner. it'll look just as nice and be 1/2 the price!
Hell, I've been using an 8' X 2' shop bench since July... Six 4x4 posts, and a middle shelf that I built... Makes a great counter, and my stove/oven is even set into it! And if I'd had any idea I'd be needing the cabinets for a bus, I'd have built it different. As it is, my 2x4 frame is set too narrow down the sides for a sink, or I'd just side it with cedar, make some doors and call it good. Also, it's a foot too long.
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:58 PM   #15
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if thats the case and your tools are in storage. if it is possible i would still just go buy a cheapo $100 table saw and do it yourself.

No, don't get the cheap saw. With stationary power tools, the larger, the safer. Go on Craigs- advertise what you want. Old cast iron is good, just make sure is single phase, or cheap-enough to toss a new 120V 1 motor on- ez (unless you have a VFD) Rockwell, Delta are good bets- these aren't technological marvels. Ues it, sell it for same= free rental.

Light, low-power saws jam or tip, heavier more powerful saws will cruise right through it. Get a good blade- freud 80 tooth would be good.

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Don't buy hardwood from Lowes HD. lookup local sawmill and you will get Black Walnut for the price of red oak. Menards isn't terrible for small quantities.

Use the Kregs with proper screws. They sell wood plugs all ready to fill screwholes. $5/50
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BurlKing is right. Although I don't think I would use 2x4's. That is a lot of added weight you don't necessarily need. The problem that I usually have is I over engineer everything. The kreg pocket screws are great but you have know way of making sure your stiles & rails are square and properly diminished. You would have to have a joiner to accomplish that. If you buy your lumber from Lowes or Home Depot, then you wind up paying way too much for the material. It is definitely a problem if you don't have the right tools. Maybe I should just outfit a trailer and travel around building cabinets for some of my fellow SKOOLIES.
I am having the hardest time finding a quality carpenter! I ended up getting IKEA cabinets for my kitchen, but have been looking for someone to build the two couches that I want... I'd hire someone that travels!!

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Old 02-06-2017, 09:45 PM   #17
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I had a cabinet shop get me a quote for for kitchen cabinet... $450

1) carcass & face frame only (no doors or drawers)
2) shop grade plywood (I will sand & paint)
3) no countertop (I will buy & install)

Does this sound kinda high? Inline or out of line?
I'd still have to get my buddy to build doors & drawers... There's another couple $ hundred, plus another $ hundred or so countertop.

Almost $1000 for a 7' kitchen cabinet seems kinda high to me, but I don't build or buy cabinets!

I would jump on that price like there is no tomorrow! That is a very fair price!

I price compared with the company that I get all of my cabinets from when not doing custom work, and their price for each of the components, or as close as I could come to what you have listed, is about $1400. This includes the cost of drawers and doors though. The company I use is Barker Cabinets and Doors - they are great to work with but their lead time can be a bit long. I typically cannot beat their price building them myself.

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I am having the hardest time finding a quality carpenter! I ended up getting IKEA cabinets for my kitchen, but have been looking for someone to build the two couches that I want... I'd hire someone that travels!!

Sandi
I am a finish carpenter and will be in the Tampa area sometime in early to mid April. I would be happy to travel to you and take care of what you are needing. Sounds pretty straightforward. Shoot me a message when you have time and lets trade contact info.
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:57 PM   #19
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Table saws and Kreg jigs are wonderful tools but you don't need them to make a cabinet. I made mine out of oak plywood. Use a circular saw and a straight edge to cut out the door and drawer openings. Use wood cleats or some aluminum angle to attach the sides and bottom. Instead of cutting a toe kick into the front of the cabinet just build a 2x4 base and screw the cabinet to it. Cut doors and drawer fronts from the same plywood. Finish it all with some polyurethane and you've got some light, solid (and cheap) cabinets. These cabs will far outlast the cheap particle board ones, particularly in a bus.

All the cabinets in the pictures are three-sided boxes. The kitchen counter and upper cabinets have a front, a bottom and a right end panel. Those two attach to the upright cab which acts as a left end panel. The upright cabinet has a front and two side panels with two permanent shelves to add some stiffness. All are attached to the wall with angle brackets and 4 years down the road they're still rock solid.



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Old 02-06-2017, 10:10 PM   #20
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i think you could do about the same with prefabbed cabinets and a counter top from a big box store.

i paid way too much for my cabinets, 3 cabinets, self closing hardware, birch wood faces to match my interior, a corian countertop, a matching coffee table, stove and sink ran a bit over $6k. it was 10 or 12 feet or so. all ordered from the big box and installed.

by the time i got to the kitchen i was burnt out on building. ordering the finished cabinets made quick work of that section of the bus.

my upper cabinets were cut out with a skill saw and finished with a jigsaw.

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