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Robe furniture top fitting

Posted by Paul

The irony of weather! Yesterday was 35 degrees and Dennis needed a hand fitting his seagull striker. I had little intention of doing much on my boat on account of the heat. I arrived a little late and they already had the striker on, so I thought I am here, may as well get something done. The forecast was for heat all week. Today I can not get to the shed, so no work, it is about 20 degrees today! Go figure.

Anyway, I glued the front fascia rail and door hinge post into the cabinet to pretty much finish it. I just needed to sand the edges smooth (I back filled them Sunday night before knocking off) cut the rebate slot for the post and glue it all together. I also needed to glue and glass the side fascia panel on. All of this took a little over an hour (on account of the heat!).

For those that dont know, there are 2 kinds of concealed hinges for kitchen cabinet doors, inset or overlay, inset is where you hinge to the side of a cabinet and the door is framed by the cabinet sides with the top rail showing its narrow face but requires the shelf to be set back the thickness of the door and overlay is where you lay the door over the edges of the cabinet and would have fascia panels on the cabinet front the same thickness (same material) as the doors and the side edge of these fascia panels are what you hang the doors to, and with overlay, the rails are usually hung with the wide face showing as fascia panel behind the door. (There are of course 2 other options, overlaying doors without fascias, usually in conjunction with flush tops and no doors at all option by far the easiest to make, but I find both these options look less classy, just a matter of taste, or in this case, she who must be obeyed taste, but guys, without being sexist, most cupboard appearances appeal to women more than men, men generally favor function over form and in reality if you appeal to women you will have a much higher resale value.)

hinge types

I favor the overlay method because generally speaking it is easier to make, especially with odd shaped sides that the hulls create although this is only in issue when making cupboards that go across the hulls, only relevant in the room I am in, all the rest will run to a square bulkhead, but I would not want to set hinges into the bulkheads anyway so would still need a post at each end so the overlay method is no more difficult in this regard. Wherever you have more than 2 doors along a cabinet a post is required mid cabinet and again the overlay method is much easier to hang doors to because you hang the door to the edge of the other door rather than to the post which with inset the face of the post shows through. The hinges give you a lot of adjustment but I also find doors easier to hang this way and when I say I favor this method, bear in mind I was an apprentice cabinet maker (making kitchens) for only 2 years over 25 years ago! So hardly an abundance of experience to draw on. I will also have top overhangs everywhere, again extra work when compared to tops that are flush with the cabinet fronts but I dont think they look as good, and finally I will opt for kickboards through out, again just a personal preference, but guided by the fact that we plan a barefoot existence and I am accident prone so this will help me avoid constantly stubbing toes.

robe cabinet top level

I still have to fit the draws and the top. I will set the top next, this is usually only an hour or so work but I have dont such a poor job making this top match the opening I have large gaps I need to fill as I glue it in, and with larger gaps I fill them with duflex offcuts rather than huge glue areas, the problem with wide glue areas is they sag and are more expensive than making an offcut to fit. One thing I can say is it is level all ways. And I think it looks pretty good too. Once the top is glassed in I will give it a thin coat of bog to fair it. I have used offcuts taped to each other and I need to hide the tapes. Then all that will be needed for a while is the drawers fitted, the doors and fascia fitted then taken off again and put aside until it is time to paint them.

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