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Anyone have any pics or designs for how they built their cabinets?  I've seen a couple different kinds now and curious what people on here have done that worked well.

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Here is what we did... Key is to keep them light enough to to with stand the lake streets, but still light enough for weight... Basically 1x3 side styles with 1x2 rails. Lujan on the bottom of the shelves inside, T&G outside bottoms. Sorry I don't have better pics. 

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On the advice of others on this site, I bought and learned how to use a Kreg Jig.  Having zero cabinet experience, I was mildly concerned that they wouldn't turn out very well.  I watched a couple videos, and it was extremely simple to make very good cabinets.  It's all in the cuts and clamping.  It was probably about $200-250 to get set up with the jig, clamps, and screws.  

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Have used Kreg tools and devices for a long time and you just can't buy anything better.  Nice to do business with a company that really cares about quality. And they'll help you on the phone too! And the person you talk to will not be in an obscure province someplace ten thousand miles away.

The Kreg pocket hole systems are the simplest and quickest way I know of to make good solid joints.

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We have the jig, I'll take a look at a few videos on it.  Think I got it figured out was just curious of anyone had anything major come up to watch out for.

Thanks!

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Pine cabinets are pretty inexpensive at Menard's. They come in many different shapes and sizes, look great, and screw right up.

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Wanted to custom fit them.  Think the first turned out pretty well.  Little bit of sanding but we finally have some tunes in the shack!  Spacers for the other three doors are just loosely fit right now which is why they aren't spaced right.  Over all really happy and like others have said the kreg jig is the bees knees!  I like more rough construction and am by no means a finesse builder but this thing is great! 

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They look great. I only did store bought because by the time the tongue and groove and all the trim was up I was ready for some "easy" in my world.

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2 minutes ago, Hawg said:

They look great. I only did store bought because by the time the tongue and groove and all the trim was up I was ready for some "easy" in my world.

I can definitely understand that.  I do not have the patience to get cabinets squared up and pretty.  T&G was actually the easy part for me.  Just set my stops on my chop saw and started cutting.  I just wanted a darn radio without leaving the little boombox on the floor so had to get the one built!  Will probably pass on the rest to my dad.  He's about as picky of a perfectionist as you can get so the job is just up his alley!

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Do you guys just screw these to the wall or do you screw them to the ceiling as well.  Didn't plan my kitchen out very well and not sure I will have anything in the ceiling for a screw to grab onto. 

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Nothing to the ceiling on ours.  I ran furring strips at the top and bottom of the cabinet in the wall.  It feels plenty snug and built square it shouldn't leave a gap in the ceiling.  I guess I could put a cross member on the top and screw it in the ceiling too but it doesn't seem necessary that I can tell.

in my pic it dips a little on the right but that's just because I only have a temp screw on that side and its not snug to the ceiling.

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For sure wherever I can catch a furring strip/stud.  If I don't have one available in the ceiling, I've even thrown a few of them in the tongue and groove with angle brackets, not that it adds a ton of strength, but it is something extra.   

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