One question I have gotten about the cabinet job Paul and I are working on is what we are doing for the doors and drawer fronts. Something fancy with raised panels and beaded rails and stiles? A wildly veneered flat panel door?
Actually, Paul wants to go simple. Slab doors made of cherry. This way, the doors will match those in the tidy and well laid out kitchen.
And, no, we’re not building them. He ordered them from Raw Doors online, an outfit that makes all kinds of doors including the basic solid wood slab doors.
Surprising, isn’t it?
Paul had his reasons, and when I left his house this past Saturday, he told them to me.
First, he said that he wanted to learn how to build cabinets. That’s why he asked me to build them – this way, he could get the cabinets he needed and see how one woodworker does the task. No truer statement could have been made – we have both learned a lot from this project. Did he need to learn how to edge glue boards together? No. That’s pretty much what we would have been doing to build the doors anyway.
Second, there is the time factor. Paul’s a busy guy. And, he also respects the fact that I’m eking out time after work and on weekends. Building the doors and drawer fronts would have taken a considerable amount of time for all of the glue ups, but only a few weeks when ordered online.
Finally, we’re building this project in Florida. Solid cherry is available here – at a premium price. The cost between the complete set of doors built by Raw Doors and all of the stock wood wasn’t very large, so it made sense economically as well.
Paul and his wife Gail are finishing the doors in their garage, and they are looking very good. Visions of well-aligned drawer fronts and doors enclosing the insides of the project are dancing in my head…