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Robbie06/10/2009 20:25:46
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Hi everyone,
Has anyone out there built their own kitchen before??
I'm seriously thinking of giving it a bash, I want to make one out of Ash, and was wondering what ideas people out there might have for the best material for the carcasses??
I was thinking of maple faced ply but can't seem to source it in 19mm thickness.
I wanted to try and steer clear of MDF if possible.
Any other ideas anyone?
Oddjob06/10/2009 20:37:14
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I note you have the same avatar as jonnyd who posts on another forum.  He is from Lincolnshire.  Coincidence or what?
Robbie06/10/2009 20:48:04
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Big Al06/10/2009 21:02:51
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Hi Robbie, I have made 2 kitchens for myself now, and in both cases I used 18mm birch ply, which is the closest that you will find to maple faced ply. It can be as complicated or as easy as you want to make it.
I will upload some pictures tomorrow.
Sparky06/10/2009 21:38:24
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Hi Robbie
I made our kitchen out of B&Q's Premium laminated Pine furniture board.
It came in all the right sizes I needed and at a cost right for me at the time. The doors also came from them in which the cupboards were built around.
The worktop was one of their cheaper ranges which I tiled.
Robbie06/10/2009 21:52:54
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Cheers guys I look forward to seeing your pictures
Big Al07/10/2009 17:52:31
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Robbie, this is a picture of my kitchen, I made all of the doors, trim and upper cabinets.
This is the kitchen at my old house, built entirely by me, using birch ply for the cabinets and steamed beech for the doors.
This is my parents kitchen, I made the doors and trim, but chose to buy the cabinets.
When I worked for myself, I gave a customers kitchen a facelift, changing the doors, trim, worktop and sink.

Sparky07/10/2009 19:10:09
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Excellent work there Al. A sure sign of craftmanship.
Joe O 307/10/2009 23:40:19
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Well done Al!
Pure craftsmanship
Robbie08/10/2009 17:37:44
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Nice job Al !
I like the shaker style as you can tell from my pics!
Delete15/10/2009 12:39:14
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If you want Maple Ply then go for it.
Look for a Ply manufacturer. Some of them buy in basic boards and veneer them to order. I once bought some boards to fit out a Boat.  I had boards with Mahogony on 2 sides. Mahogony 1 side and Sapeele on the other. Some boards with Sapeele on one side and a blaance ( Rubbish ) vaneer on the back. Two boards were even done with Mahogony on one side and Formica on the other.
A good manufactureer will make what you want.
The company I used was called Radio Veneers from East London. I dont know if they still exist.

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