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Hello, I am Michael, can anyone out there advise me on how to make my own kitchen cabinets? It's just too costly to engage a good furniture maker so I might as well try to do it on my own, thanks for allowing me to join the forum!
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G'day Michael

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Try this web site for inspiration.

http://www.sommerfeldtools.com/

A number of the members use his videos.

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Greetings Michael and welcome to the router forums, we are glad to have you join us.

You do not mention your experience level, or what tools you have. This information would help in advising you in your adventure.

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Hello, I am Michael, can anyone out there advise me on how to make my own kitchen cabinets? It's just too costly to engage a good furniture maker so I might as well try to do it on my own, thanks for allowing me to join the forum!
Does it really matter how you make them? after all you only see the door, you can join the carcasses with biscuits, screws, dowel whatever you lke , groove the rear adges for a false back, but do get a good door panel set and thst's what will show off a really good kitchen, top of page five in my downloads will show a few of the oak doors I made about 3 years ago for a kitchn, they were super smart I can tell you. Here it is:-

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Hi Michael, yes we can help. We will need to know what shop tools you have to work with. Lets start off with you box's, you can use 3/4" or 1/2" but you will be better off going with 3/4". Will you need step by step or do you have experience?
you can check out my uploads, these are some I built for my wife.

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Hi Michael

I suggest you get the DVD below,if you can swing it get the full set of videos, you can find his videos all over the place now days..

You can make a 10,000.oo set cabinets for peanuts if you use his video as a guide,they are that good and it's big deal how you make them, it's once in a life time project the norm for most people ..

For me I don't look to hard at the outside of the cabinet I look inside of them to tell me if the guy new what he was doing..or if they will take the test of time, they will be in place for 30 years or more the norm..

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Thank you guys for the valuable information, will keep you all posted on my progress. May God bless you all!
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Greetings Michael and welcome to the router forums, we are glad to have you join us.

You do not mention your experience level, or what tools you have. This information would help in advising you in your adventure.
Thank you Jerry! I am actually a novice on this furniture making but I really would like to give it a try as I believe everything can be done as long as we have the will and willing to learn from mistakes. I only have drills(hammer and normal), a handheld planner, a trimmer, an orbital sander, an air nailer, hand saw, and a cut-off saw. I presume the trimmer can be converted to a router if I can get the compatible bits. I wish you can advise me what other tools needed on a venture like this and what I have to do for a start. Thanks!
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Hi Michael,
Trim routers will not have the power to run the cabinet bits & most bits for these kind of operations use 1/2" shanks. I would take as a first step to get a cabinet making dvd from Sommerfeld as Bob suggested. Then you will see the type of equipment needed. I built these using the techniques on the Sommerfeld dvd's.
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Trim routers will not have the power to run the cabinet bits & most bits for these kind of operations use 1/2" shanks.
That is very true, but it is possible to make "false" Shaker pattern doors by planting 6mm rails and stiles on top of a 12mm door blank. From the outside, once painted, these will look just like cope and stick doors, but without the need for any heavy gear. The trimmer can be used to radius the edges, etc.

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