Yesterday, we shared some of our kitchen progress. On Sunday, Ben the builder and Handy Sammy worked on drawer fronts. We have a post in the works detailing how we made our own cabinets, drawers, drawer fronts, and cabinet doors, so I won’t get into too much detail right now. Basically, Ben cut a sheet of 1/2 inch thick MDF to the drawer sizes. Then he cut countless strips of 1/4 inch thick MDF into 2 1/2 inch wide strips. Then, he glues…
and nails (using the same pin nails) the thin strips on the 1/2 inch MDF.
Wipe away the excess glue and you’ve got a drawer front.
Repeat these steps twenty or so times and you’re almost done.
Ben likes to run each edge through the table saw to get everything perfectly lined up. Once that’s done, he passes the unfinished fronts on to me. Montana winter is setting in, so I hauled all 20 drawer fronts to the large basement bedroom to get started on filling the holes and seams.
In a way, I’m happy Ben used pin nails. The holes are tiny, which makes filling easier. At the same time, it makes finding the nail holes much more difficult. Can you spy all six nail holes in this picture?
The brown flecks in the MDF make it difficult to decide whether I see a nail hole or just a spot. But, I just filled every hole and crack I saw. I like to use my finger to fill nail holes and a small spatula to fill the seams.
Two episodes of Bones later, I finished.
With the fronts! I still have to fill all four sides of the drawers.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to fill some seams. I think I’m going to go crazy after that. After that, tons of sanding, priming and painting. Yep, I’ve got plenty to keep me busy. And you thought our kitchen was chugging right along. This is going to take a while.
Does filling holes, priming, and painting drive you batty? How about waiting for paint to dry? I’m so not looking forward to all that painting, but I want pretty drawers. Wish me luck. Hopefully we’ll have something to share in a week or two.