Customized cabinetry conceals craft room art and collectibles
April 4, 2022 | 12:11 pm CDT
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2022 Top Shelf Design Awards

Designer: David Cutler, The Closet Works

Category: Specialty (Craft, Pantry, Laundry, Mudroom)

Project Title: Customized Cabinets for a Colorful Craft and Play Room

Project Description: 

This impressive wall-to-wall unit provides a place for a wide variety of craft and hobby supplies around a large central window. Baskets with liners are concealed behind doors to create a nice clean look, when not being used. A bench with additional drawers beneath is functional for storage and for sitting. Upper cabinets were designed for materials and supplies that need to remain out of reach to young children, open shelves provide a place to display artwork and collectibles and lower cabinets are outfitted with baskets giving kids easy access to toys and supplies. Crown molding finishes the look and coordinates with existing molding and window treatments within the room.

Project Construction: 

This unit was designed and manufactured in our facility using an industrial-grade, thermally-fused melamine laminated board (TFL). Spanning the entire wall to take advantage of all usable space, the overall length is just under 16 feet wide. The cabinets and bench are 16" deep which provides a tremendous amount of available storage space.

Materials Used: 

The simple, classic color of Tafisa Glacier White was selected for this design since versatility and longevity were important to the customer. Shaker-style doors give a contemporary look to match the desired aesthetic and can easily be adapted as décor is updated. Contemporary crown molding compliments the door style and finishes the cabinets beautifully. Drawer boxes are constructed of _" and _" pre-finished birch plywood with dovetail joinery. Assembly hardware includes Titus cam and dowel fittings, 100 lb. full-extension, ball-bearing slides, and Salice hinges.

Equipment Used: 

Cabinet Vision CAD software was used to draft specification drawings and 3D renderings. Cut Rite optimization software was used to create optimal cutting patterns for the Holzma horizontal-beam panel saw. The edgebanding was applied with a Homag automatic edgebander with dual radius and scraper units, as well as automatic buffing stations. Drilling was done on a Weeke computer-controlled automatic machining center.

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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.