Kitchen Sink Base Cabinets

Kitchen Sink Base Cabinets

They are also the showpiece of your kitchen.  While base cabinets tend to hide down below the countertop, well below eye level, wall cabinets are at height level and announce themselves right away.  One tip with kitchen cabinets for saving money is to purchase basic base cabinets but splurge more on wall cabinets with accessories you may enjoy, like glass inserts on in-cabinet lighting.
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Kitchen Sink Base Cabinets

Let’s face it—it’s easy to get water on the floor of your sink base cabinet. We’ll never understand why cabinetmakers use particleboard for the base, but they do. And once it starts swelling, your only option is to replace it. But you don’t have to cut out the entire bottom. Here’s an easier way to install a new sink base bottom.
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Kitchen Sink Base Cabinets

A kitchen sink base cabinet is essentially a modified standard base cabinet without any shelves or drawers. As a result, this is one of the most simple units to build. A false front on the top of the face of the carcase is installed instead of a drawer because of the sink dropping down into the cabinet from the counter top. Once the cabinet is finished and installed, a set of cabinet doors can be built, finished and mounted onto the face frame.
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Kitchen Sink Base Cabinets

It is possible to build a kitchen without wall cabinets, but it is impossible to do so without base cabinets.  With no base cabinets there would be no countertops.  This is a quick guide, with details provided below the chart:
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Kitchen Sink Base Cabinets

Remove the drain lines (and garbage disposer, if there is one) to get maneuvering room. Then trace a cutting line about 3 in. in from all four edges. Then cut out the middle section of the swollen sink base with a jigsaw (Photo 1). Next, cut a piece of 1/2-in. plywood to the interior size of the sink base. Cut slots for the water supply tubes. Seal the edges and face of the plywood with urethane varnish. Then install the new plywood floor and fasten it to the old floor (Photo 2). Caulk around the edges and pipes to prevent water from seeping under the new floor. Finally, reattach the P-trap and garbage disposer.
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Kitchen Sink Base Cabinets

Counters are laid on them, sinks installed within them, dishwashers and ranges bracketed by them, and pots and pans are stored within them.  In other words, kitchen base cabinets are the most expensive, and for good reason:  we ask a lot of them.
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Kitchen Sink Base Cabinets

Height tends to be limited, since the cabinets need to fit between the counter and the ceiling. Common wall cabinet heights are 12″, 36″, and 48″. The 12″ cabinets fit neatly over fridges.
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Kitchen Sink Base Cabinets

Pull out the two cabinet sides and place them on a shop table. Using a combination square, measure up from the 24-inch wide bottom edge on one of the cabinets four inches, and place a pencil mark at that height 3-inches in from the front edge of the cabinet. Align the combination square against the bottom of the plywood and scribe a line from the bottom up to that mark, then reposition the square against the front edge 4-inches from the bottom and scribe a second line from the first line out to the front edge. This will mark a 4-inch tall by 3-inch deep cutout for your toe kick. Mark the second piece of plywood, then cut the two toe kick cutouts using a circular saw or a jig saw.

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