Fir Cabinets to Match

CVG fir kitchen cabinets to matchSome clear vertical grain fir cabinets to match some existing casework in a south hills Eugene kitchen.  The design was a bit of a challenge, given that the existing cabinets had been built in place by a not-particularly careful finish carpenter about 30 years ago in a home that’s been incrementally falling downhill.  The new cabinets fill in a corner, meeting old cabinets on each side–one of which had base cabinets 24 1/4″ deep while the other was 23 1/2″ deep.  A little beard-scratching, but nothing insurmountable.

I’m not a big fan of using CVG fir as it tends to come from old-growth forests, but the project obviously called for it.  After a false start of trying to buy some FSC-certified CVG fir from Northwest Door & Sash in Springfield, we ended up with some nice VG stuff, via Tree Products, that had been resawn from beams down near Roseburg.

The doors are an interesting design, with 2 1/2″ breadboards at the top and bottom of the slab doors, held together with 1″ by 1/4″ tenons.  There was no consistent face frame overlay pattern–some had a 1/2″ reveal, some had 1 1/4″ reveal–so I used Salice’s S-series of compact hinges which offer a good range of overlay, up to 1 7/16″, to bridge the discrepancies.

Corners always pose a design problem, forcing a balance between accessibility and wasted space.  You can spend a remarkable amount of money on corner cabinet hardware, from rotating shelves (lazy susans), to blind corner pullouts, to–if you’re really desperate to impress your friends–corner drawers.  All of these improve accessibility, but waste somewhere between a good deal and a lot of space.  For this kitchen, we went with a kidney-shaped rotating shelf in the base and three floating shelves (not pictured) with a curved front for the uppers.  Not too accessible, but lots of storage space and a nice custom look for a custom kitchen.

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