The sawdust began to fly the other night after getting the plans and the lists verified. The first project was to get the face frame material ripped up.
After sorting through the Ash lumber I ripped all the material needed for the face frames.
Next, I ran them through the planer to thin them down to a thickness of 3/4".
Once the planning was done I got all the pieces cut to length on the Up Cut saw.
Up next was to get the frames laid out and get the pockets routed in them for the pocket screws.
Pocket screws are used to assemble the frames, a quick and easy process. The machine has two routers, one will route the pockets into the back of the frames and the second router drills a pilot hole for the screws.
After the pockets are cut into the backside of the frames, I then use a clamping table to hold them into place whiles securing them with glue and screws. It's a 4' x 8' table that has an arm on rollers with four pneumatic pressure clamps that hold the frame in place while driving the screws in.
This will be the upper frame over the sink.
This one is the sink base cabinet
One thing I like to do with the sink doors is called an Inverted Frame. This is done by building a second frame and building it back 2" so that it's inverted into the cabinet. This does a couple of things.
1) It gives you a little space so your knees are not knocking the doors when standing at the sink.
2) It also allows some airflow into the sink cabinet to allow any moisture to escape.
This is something my father always did to his cabinets. While it's nothing unique, I always look upon it as a Trade Mark of his cabinets. Not many cabinet makers in our town did this to their cabinets. So I wanted to add this to my cabinets and carry on the tradition.
Face Frames are a pretty simple step, after several hours I had all 9 frames cut, milled and assembled.
Next up, the Dovetail drawers...