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How To Use Blind Kitchen Cabinets

Three separate functions come to mind when discussing the merits of using a blind base cabinet in your kitchen.  Blind Cabinets:

  • facilitate a change in direction for a run of cabinets
  • allows an adjustable footprint for a cleaner design
  • gives additional storage space

First and foremost, a blind cabinet is a corner cabinet. In the case of a blind base, It is designed to fill the unusable “void” under a counter top corner.
Blind corner kitchen cabinet
Blind Base Cabinets don’t necessarily fill the corner void completely as the furthest (deepest) corner space is typically unreachable and therefor unusable by most users.
Blind Cabinet size
Its important to note that during cabinet installation, The blind base cabinet footprint size can be adjusted (usually 3 inches or more). See how the built in filler allows a range of movement prior to screwing the cabinet to the wall and adjacent cabinets. Its also important to note that the other side of the corner will require an additional filler to allow for proper door and drawer operation.
                                           BBC42L 36Wx34.5Hx24D Left hand 1dr 1dw
This cabinet has one door, one drawer, standard depth(24″), standard height(34.5″) but an actual carcass length of only 36″. When installed it will have a minimum footprint of 42″ but could be “pulled” up to 45″ or any length in between. As an example, in your kitchen design you might need to fill a corner base run with precisely 97 3/4″ of cabinets. Using modular cabinetry (which usually runs in 3″ increments) you use a B18 + SB36 + BBC42. When you add up the linear inches of the three cabinets you get a total of 96″ so the BBC42 would be “pulled” to equal 43 3/4″ to avoid additional fill sticks.

Wall blind cabinets typically have the same features and functions of the blind base cabinets.

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by Granger Davis

Cabinet Door Frame Joints and Why They Matter

Does it matter which cabinet door frame joints are used in your kitchen? When refering to a typical, wood cabinet door, I find that a mortise and tenon joint is the by far the most commonly seen in the main stream cabinets.
mortise and tenon demo This joinery is strong, durable and allows the door frame to “breathe” so it adjust to its environmental factors.
In recent years, there has been a re-emergence of mitered cabinet door frames. A slightly weaker joint that uses slightly more material and is slightly harder to make, but it does have its good points. The most common comment I hear is that it has a pleasing visual effect. The longer, diagonal joint has the ability to trick the eye and blend the joint line where the wood grains change from horizontal to vertical.
Mortise vs Miter
Hmmm, this picture seems to show just the opposite! Do we see a suspicious upgrade where you get to pay extra for a perceived value? There is nothing structurally wrong with a mitered corner and it is usually a sign of extra craftsmanship. If you don’t like the checkered effect of typical stained wood cabinets, you should definitely consider mitered corner doors, especially in the lighter colored stains.

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By Granger Davis

Keys to a Successful DIY Project – its not just about saving money

Do It Yourself Projects are not about just saving a few dollars. OK, the money might be the biggest draw in the beginning but here are certainly many more advantages for DIYers. Total control over the project comes to mind. Cutting out the contractor or middleman does eliminate some of the expertise and of course their associated cost but it also allows a person to inject there own individual personality. Freedom to customize every detail can be quite rewarding and educational. As you begin your how-to research, your natural creative juices will start flow. Your initial visualization of the finished project may begin shift as you imagine more possibilities.
DIY Kitchen Remodel
A DIYer can also be quite flexible when it comes to gathering the required materials. With the ability to plan weeks ahead and with no set finish date, you can research literally thousands of suppliers to find just the right items at just the right prices and coordinate deliveries for your target dates or simply purchase your materials over time to ease the strain on your finances. The point being, you are not tied to a single dealer or supplier and will not be forced to endure the endless sales pitches of why you must use one product over another.

There is another benefit that most beginning do-it-yourselfers don’t see until the project is completed. The psychological factor…. The satisfaction factor. The feelings of accomplishment and the confidence in ones own abilities will stay with you long after the memories of the actual work. The educational value as well as the knowledge gained can go far beyond the dollars saved.

We’ve labeled some of the benefits of DIY Projects: saving money – personalize – eliminate middlemen – wider choices of materials and design – accomplishment, confidence and confidence, etc. We should identify costs. Beyond the money spent on the actual materials there is typically another major cost factor. Your Time. For a successful DIY project you will need to invest your time. The time involved is probably why many people shy away from larger DIY projects and simply hire a contractor. The professional you might hire may be able to deliver, install and be gone from your life before you even consider doing it yourself. A contractor will have materials and tools ready to go not to mention know how and the little tips and tricks.
rta kitchen cabinets
Bottom Line is that for a Successful DIY Project, you will need to invest some time. Some time researching how to, some time shopping for and acquiring materials and still more time applying your knowledge, installing your materials and finishing your project.

My wife and I sell kitchen cabinets online and one of our main marketing target groups is  DIYers. While many may consider a kitchen remodel to be the grand daddy of all DIY Projects, we’ve found kitchen remodels can be broken into several sub projects that just about any novice can handle. Again, those that invest the time and effort are rewarded with far more than the thousands of dollars in savings. Over the years, we’ve found that the prospective customer who ask lots of questions (and listens to the answers) will be far happier and much more likely to refer us. The clients that simply demand a kitchen like they saw in a magazine are more likely to be struggling with the remodel. I hear “I didn’t realize that my new refrigerator needed that much space” or “why won’t my 36″ sink fit inside a 36″ cabinet?” I do sympathize and understand the aggravation involved even though I know that 9 out of 10 remodel problems are avoidable with a little research and planning.

To sum up