Framing an Add-On Room, Finishing Kitchen Cabinets

Framing Carpentry

For well over a couple of weeks (and usually only for half a day as I do not last long in the Texas heat) I have been doing an add-on room.  I love framing carpentry, as it really does go from the ground up.  It also does not take long to show a great deal of progress.

The homeowner expressed his amazement at how fast the walls were up (I surprised myself too!).  One reason was because the homeowner already did the foundation work, piers made of pipe cemented into the ground and steel I-beams to support the floor trusses.  So the flooring was done by the time I was hired to frame up the walls.

At present, the walls are up, wrapped, and waiting for the windows (22’ 3 ½” x 32’)

Framing Carpentry


Next will be building roof scissor trusses and adding roof decking.  After that, the homeowner will finish the inside.

Interior Kitchen Pantry

As for me, “from the ground up to in”, I returned to my own house where I keep working on the kitchen cabinets and pantry.  Last night I put together three more cabinet doors; last week I put together and stood up the pantry; it is a full 8 feet tall as our kitchen has a 16 foot vaulted ceiling.

I put together and stood up the pantry

The kitchen pantry design is 31 inches wide with three compartments; the bottom two compartments are side by side; one for drawers and one for brooms, mops, and a step ladder to reach the upper compartment. For the pantry doors, I chose to make them simple.

These are the steps I used to build my own kitchen pantry:

Step one: Cut one sheet of oak plywood 15 ½ inches by 65 inches long.

Step two: Cut two face stiles 69 inches by 2 inches wide.

Step three: Bisquick join these two stiles to the plywood vertical edges.  The ends will protrude 2 inches on each end of stiles leaving space for rails.

Step four: Cut two rails 15 1 ½ inches long.  Bisquick join these to the top and bottom ends of the door.  Pocket hole these into the stiles to complete building door.

Step five: Build upper door just like the bottom door; this one will be 23 ½ inches by 19 ½ inches.

Step seven: Drill forstner bit holes for hinges, attach hinges to door.

Step eight: Route the edge with a ¼ inch round over bit.

Step nine: Attach to face frame, add stain and finish.

Interior Kitchen Cabinets

Now to finish the doors for the upper cabinets.  The doors have already been put together, glued and await stain.

Interior Kitchen Cabinets

Steps for building kitchen cabinets:

One: Drill forstner bit holes for hinges.

Two: Add hinges and attach to face frames of upper cabinets.  As of this blog, I finished the cove edging on the lower, large door.

Three: Make one more longer door for cabinet above sink counter.  This one door will cover both openings.

Make one more longer door for cabinet above sink counter

Here is where I am as of today:

I put together and stood up the pantry

At this point, this completes the “from the ground up and in”.  I really love doing both the outside and inside.  Just getting a little harder to do large outside projects so spending more time in shop with the smaller projects.

One other thought, woodworking and writing this blog, give me the opportunity to do what I enjoy and motivate me to do more projects.  It also helps me think through the steps to build. Writing the blog keeps me working in and out of the shop.

So wherever you are from the ground up to the inside, find great tools, such as the ones at ToolsToday, and keep going up, in, and beyond!

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