KSS 300 for Kitchen Cabinets Dec 7, 2019 20:59:45 GMT -5
Post by osboy on Dec 7, 2019 20:59:45 GMT -5
I need to replace my kitchen cabinets due to water damage. The amount that insurance is willing to pay will cover some decent pre-built units from mid-range cabinet suppliers- 1/2" plywood boxes, maple face frames, and MDF or maple doors. However... I am doing some math and I think that for about the same price I could buy the equivalent materials, some good tools... and make them myself.
I am not a skilled tradesman, nowhere near the level of you lot of building pros, but I am pretty handy with tools and have an engineering background. What I don't have is much of a workshop in this location, nor do I have much space to work. I have no table saw or track saw, just an older Makita compound miter saw and Ridgid cordless circular saw. I also have a Bosch router in a table, along with a plunge base and edge guide. Those have been OK for my previous small projects but I really need these cabinets to come out nice and be as good as what I can buy... I won't be able to to try it myself and then also pay to buy complete cabinets. So it is kind of a gamble but if I can pull it off I will end up with some REALLY nice tools for future use.
My thoughts are to purchase the following:
- KSS 300
- 2x F-160 guide rails
- 1 F-VS connecting piece
- 2x F-SZ quick clamps
- DD40 Duo dowel joiner
I figure that I could use the KSS 300 to break down the plywood sheets, cut the rails and stiles for the frames, the panels for the shaker style doors, the slip tenons and rails\stiles for the doors, stretchers and nailers for the cabinets, and the drawer components. I would use the DD40 to join the face frames, drawers, and the cabinet boxes. For the cabinet assembly I would use the router to cut dados and rabbets, and likewise for fitting the panels into the doors. I also have a pocket screw jig that could be used to reinforce the cabinet boxes if it were necessary.
I was originally looking at the MT55 and comparing it to a Festool track saw and their plunge router with the LR32 system for not only routing out the dadoes and rabbets but also for drilling out shelf pin holes, hinge cup mortises, etc. I took a look at the Mafell 230v plunge router and wow is it nice but adding that to my list would push me out of what I can spend and still get all the materials I would need.
I would be using 1/2" or 3/4" cabinet grade plywood, possibly pre-finished on one side (the inside) and if not maple for the hardwood components then possibly pecan (hickory), or cypress, which are attractive, easy to find, and affordable here in southern Texas. My biggest uncertainty is in ripping repeated exact-length and width pieces for the frame components, without a table saw. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated. Do you guys think this KSS 300 could be a one-saw solution for this type of project? My next two projects after this would be to replace the baseboards and crown molding throughout the house, and after that to lay some hardwood flooring in the master walk-in closets, and then build some cedar shelves and drawers on top of them.