Building my own cabinets...

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by smom1976, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    I am building my own cabinets this weekend.. actually I am starting with just one.. then going to do the next on another weekend..

    I am soo excited.. I have it all planned out..


    this is the "professional" picture design.. but get this.. instead of it costing me 400-500 per cabinet it is going to cost me less than $50.00

    My problem is that I want 24in deep cabinets to be up "hung" this is for above the front loading washer and dryer on pedistals.. it would be very inconvienent to have the standard 12 in deep cabinets.. well with that i run into a "semi" custom cabinet and the premade cheep cabinets cannot be semi customed... you have to move to a more expensive manufacturer to get that..

    sooooooo.... I have planned all my cuts and I can get this whole 30 in wide, 36 in tall, and 24 inch deep cabinet out of one sheet of plywood... [​IMG] now this is not counting the trim and all that but I can get one pretty nice piece of ply for 30 or so dollars... I am going to have them cut the pieces on their big ole saw.. "they would be doing a better job than I could with my table saw" bring them home and put them together..

    I will be having the cabinets going all the way up to the cealing so I have devised a way using 2x4 runners bolted into the joists to attach the cabinets to the cealing the back wall and the left wall..

    this first cabinet is the first cabinet on the far left.. then next weekend I will do the next cabinet and attach that .. then the next cabinet will be the pantry.. that will be my right side support needed for the cabinets..

    once i figured out I was not going to have to cut these suckers I figured out I CAN DO THIS!!!!

    I think I am just going to order the doors tho.. not wanting to get into that project..
  2. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    WOW! That is amazing! And the savings! Be sure to keep us updated with "work in progress" pics. You may inspire some of us to try the same.
  3. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL


    ok so I have gotten this far so far... the hardest part was bolting the 2x4 into the ceiling..

    The guy at home depot cut the plywood to my specifications and even helped me some.. because I ended up going with 5/8 ply instead of 1/2 in so I had to made a little bit of adjustment..

    At the moment it is only screwed into the ceiling.. We will shim the back and side to make it all level and then screw it to the back and side.. then I can go and get more wood for the next box..
    it will be the same size .. if my measurements are correct.. [​IMG]

    I am going to order premade doors.. [​IMG] because I dont think I can do that! But I did buy the 1 by what ever they weres (trim pieces) that will cover all the ugly ply and it will be nicely stained pine.. the doors will hang on that..

    so anyway it was really easy.. like put together cabinets.. [​IMG]

    ETA: it was way less than $50 for the basic cabinet.. 26.00 for the one sheet.. I got all the pieces out of the one sheet.. then it was 3.50 x 2 for the pine trim pieces.. I will have to get a few more trim pieces at the end because I ended up lowering the cabinets from the ceiling one 2x4 width.. (because it was easier screwing into a bolted 2x4 rather than finding the joists through the cabinets and i wanted additional support) I still have to purchase the shelving wood.. but I will do that all at once and get all the shelves out of one extra piece of plywood.

    it is soooo nice having them cut it rather than do this at home [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2009
  4. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Oh my! Better plywood is worth the $. They have oak doors in stock at Menards. You would need the size of the doors 1st before building the cabinet. Note that if they fall when full while someone is in front of them ;that person will get hurt! A tight glued joint is stronger when using commercial carpenters glue. I hope they stay together! Maybe better pictures would help.
  5. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    Quote:they are glued very tight with strong wood glue... they are (will be not at this point, but by tomorrow) bolted to the wall into the studs on two sides and to the bolted in cealing.. there will be one more cabinet same size next to it then a floor to cealing utility cabinet supporting the right side.. so essentially there will be one more side attached than recomended.. back wall, left wall, right cabinet, and ceiling~!

    And these cabinets are your standard 30 wide by 36 tall.. it is just the debth that has changed..
  6. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL

    this is a better picture that showes the support on the sides and back.. and then I added support on the top.

    this sucker is not comming down!!
  7. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Sounds good! Is not a task for the average DIYer. Good Luck and keep us updated! Are you buying chicks with the savings?
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Wow! I can't wait to see these when you are all done. Great design! [​IMG]
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I will be watching your progress!
  10. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    Ok so I got the wood for the next *box* that will sit just to the right in the picture.. after I get this one up I will then be able to trim out the first box and it will look more like a cabinet .. not just a box.. hung up on the ceiling..

    I will also be putting in the shelfs for the first two boxes...

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