Aside from the hardware, this project was completed with scrap material from my atelier and a repurposed bookshelf. The design was adjusted to use only single sheet divisions between each box — aside from the first, each box is, in their means of construction, only three sides and a back. The base, end panels, and trim between the repurposed bookcase await completion. The door finish will be paint to match the wall when final painting on this section of the apartment is complete. The bookshelf is from the year 2000.
These three cabinets are of an MDF exterior (medium) to be receive a painted finish upon completion of this portion of the apartment. The two cabinets on the right each include three interior trays of marine grade plywood with oil-wax finish. The trays are supported by full-extension undercount glides of varying depths, the longest being nearly a meter long. The carcasses are of oak veneer plywood with a water based polyurethane finish. The unit on the left is a built-in freezer. The top is temporary, to be replaced in it’s final form with stone. At that time, ends panels will be provided to match the adjacent wall and the electrical outlets will be built into a backsplash with the top.
Five doors conceal three closets, the group of which also functions as the fourth wall to a bedroom. This wall includes the frame of the door to the room.
The closet doors are water resistant* medium density fiber board (MDF — médium en français) painted white to match the walls of the room. Water resistant MDF is heavier than the standard. It cuts more cleanly and takes finishes better. The knobs are brass.
All cabinet boxes, custom-sized to maximize the use of space, are built using oak veneer plywood, finished in a water-based polyurethane. The cabinet boxes are edged with 10mm of solid oak. The end closet on the right includes five drawers of baltic birch plywood with full extension glides.
Still a work in progress, the wood for these cabinet fronts are on their fourth life. (Fifth if you count the tree.) Purportedly once installed as paneling in a church, the materials were first reused as cabinet fronts in this very kitchen. Some years after that first application, the cabinets were changed and the fronts changed with them, being cut and reshaped as needed.
Then it was my turn. With a need to be even more daring, some new pieces were milled (savaged from an existing wood floor which itself was once reclaimed from the floors of box cars) to stretch the widths of some of the panels and build new shapes in their entirety (e.g. the drawer fronts under and to the left of the sink).
I designed and built this seating nook next to the fireplace my home in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA. Under the cushioned seating are four drawers. Where the recess ends but the hickory veneered plywood continues is an under-stair cabinet, the outfitting of which was completed at a later date by the Charles Snead Co. of Boyce, Virginia, USA. The inglenook includes adjustable recessed lighting above the seat. The inglenook gathers the warmth from the fireplace but is also one of the more pleasant places in the house during the summer months.