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post #21 of 30 Old 02-01-2012, 01:57 PM
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"Personally I don't care for particle board in cabinets. Particle board is on the low end of quality for cabinet material. It breaks easily if the corners get bumped during the assembly stage. You've seen what moisture does to it. What if you had a water leak in the first year?"

You just wiped out European cabinets. If it breaks during assembly I would assume the cabinet maker would replace that part.If the cabinets sustained that much water I would be more concerned with my hardwood floors and the rec room underneath.
if it's in the right place, it doesn't take much water at all to start MDF cabinets on the path to delamination and destruction. i've seen houses where the flooring was fine, but the cabinets were nearly completely destroyed at the base/toe-kick due to just a small pool of water that went unnoticed and got absorbed into the cabinet wood.
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I'm glad to have found this thread. I am getting my head wrapped around building kitchen cabinets so this gave me some good ideas. I was thinking Melamine for carcasses and drawer boxes but felt uncomfortable with the idea of Melamine drawer boxes. After reading the various ideas here I am closer to being settled on what to use:
  1. 5/8" Melamine carcasses edge banded with 3/8" oak.
  2. 5/8" baltic birch drawer box sides edge banded with maple, 1/4" baltic birch bottoms, clear finished.
  3. Flat panel framed oak doors perhaps with a mild profile, wife doesn't care for a straight shaker style.
  4. Plastic laminate counter top, still have to settle on an edge finish though.
I hope to pick up the Melamine for the cases this week and start cutting soon. I have to do a detailed cut list first though. Of course, I could change my mind a few times before I start though.

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Kitchen cabinets.

I used bead board paneling for the door panels on these cabinets I built, all exposed sides are 3/4" oak plywood, & all inside shelves are 3/4" plywood, handmade cedar pulls, we all like them pretty well.
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I'm glad to have found this thread. I am getting my head wrapped around building kitchen cabinets so this gave me some good ideas. I was thinking Melamine for carcasses and drawer boxes but felt uncomfortable with the idea of Melamine drawer boxes. After reading the various ideas here I am closer to being settled on what to use:[*]5/8" Melamine carcasses edge banded with 3/8" oak.[*]5/8" baltic birch drawer box sides edge banded with maple, 1/4" baltic birch bottoms, clear finished.[*]Flat panel framed oak doors perhaps with a mild profile, wife doesn't care for a straight shaker style.[*]Plastic laminate counter top, still have to settle on an edge finish though.
I hope to pick up the Melamine for the cases this week and start cutting soon. I have to do a detailed cut list first though. Of course, I could change my mind a few times before I start though.
Second Guess yourself on the Melamine. The Price has come way up so there's no Benefit that way. Its way to Heavy, hard to work with and it's garbage . You can Di much better and have a much nicer end result for the Money. Go to one of the local shops by you get to know them and order sheets through them. They most likely can get it fit you at there cost. Prefinished Maple, 3/4 A2 Maple unfinished
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Nice job

BVH---from what i seen you are doing a good job on your new kitchen cabinets. I would imagine you are getting along pretty well with this project. Post pictures of your progress.
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Second Guess yourself on the Melamine. The Price has come way up so there's no Benefit that way. Its way to Heavy, hard to work with and it's garbage . You can Di much better and have a much nicer end result for the Money. Go to one of the local shops by you get to know them and order sheets through them. They most likely can get it fit you at there cost. Prefinished Maple, 3/4 A2 Maple unfinished
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Price of melamine isn't that high. Melamine isn't garbage by any means. Doesnt take that many sheets on an average set of cabinets.
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Price of melamine isn't that high. Melamine isn't garbage by any means. Doesnt take that many sheets on an average set of cabinets.
I wasn't talking about the money that way. I mean for the money you would spend on the Boards a Sanitation Engineer should pick up you can get a better quality product such as Pre Finished Maple Ply wood

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Here is most of them. I'm done with all the boxes just have to finish the doors. I'm having trouble with getting the right look for the stain. So I'm kinda of been holding back on the project while I try different stain combos. Even considering redoing the face frames to maple along with the doors.
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I wasn't talking about the money that way. I mean for the money you would spend on the Boards a Sanitation Engineer should pick up you can get a better quality product such as Pre Finished Maple Ply wood

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I would agree with the prefinished maple plywood for the carcasses.
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I wasn't talking about the money that way. I mean for the money you would spend on the Boards a Sanitation Engineer should pick up you can get a better quality product such as Pre Finished Maple Ply wood

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Its just money but not necessary. UV is great but it wont give me nightmares if it isn't in mine..
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