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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Cabinets: The Ongoing Saga

This trimming-the-doors thing is turning out to be a fiasco. One issue is that each hinge is slightly different, so you have to make sure you put the right hinges back on the side you measured them for. Also, the doors only needed to be shaved a total of 1/8 inch. Darwin shaved off the smallest amount he could with the table saw, and it was still too much.

Now he'll have to move the hinges in a little to make the doors meet in the middle. Oh, the drama.

And there are 10 more sets of doors to go after this! Surely there's an easier way. We'll gladly entertain suggestions.

Wait! I just went to re-examine the hinges and take a photo from the inside, and I think I found something useful. The inside of the hinges don't appear to actually touch the edge of the door frame when the door is shut, so there's room to scoot them over a little without having to cut the doors. I think. Darwin's gone for the day, so I'll have to run this by him when he gets home.

Anyway, while Darwin worked on the doors, I painted. It's kind of a haphazard process. Some things have been primed, some have been primed and painted with two coats, some have been wood-filled and sanded but not primed, and some haven't even made it to the hole-filling stage.

Most of the inside faces of the cabinet doors have been painted now, so when Darwin installs the hinges, he won't have to take them back off again.

As much as I hated painting with oil in the past, I'm really loving it for this application. The foam roller recommended by the paint store guy is the perfect tool for applying it on cabinets. It goes on fairly smoothly, and then - because it's oil paint and has a little "give" - runs together or sinks together just a bit. The result is an amazingly unblemished finish. And the roller is much faster than a brush and sort of fun.

Mmm, I love it.


Anonymous said...

If you have a gap at the center of the doors, you can always shim the hinge with strips of cardboard from say a cereal box or thin styrene plastic. If you have a chisle, you can always recess the hinges if the opposite is true.


12:14 AM  
Kristin said...

Darwin claims I wasn't correct in saying the hinges aren't moved over all the way. I still maintain I was correct.

But if I'm not, maybe the chisel idea would be easier than all this sawing business.

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10:23 AM  
Todd said...

T-bone here again. My suggestion would be to do it assembly-line style: trim, fill, sand, prime and paint. It would be more efficient, but if you don't care about that, do whatever makes you happy.

Shim and trim may be the best way to trim the cabinets. You might also be able to put some trimwork where the cabinets meet to compensate for any abnormal gaps. Our cabinets need a lot of work, but I'm not sure they're worth saving.

10:01 AM  
Kristin said...

Oh, I'm sure my way isn't efficient. I just get bored doing the same thing over and over, so I have to shake it up. I've been dying to bust out the green paint, but I've managed to resist so far in favor of practicality.

12:01 PM  

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