Reality check needed. Custom guy is not an 'artist', am I picky?
Please, I do need a GW reality check. Either I'm obsessing on minutiae that doesn't matter or there are things I have to address with the guy. Losing my objectivity and getting emotional will not be helpful or good for anyone, starting with me.
Here's the thing:
I have come to the conclusion that my custom cabinet guy is not an 'artist' by any stretch. He is a builder of solid, non-fancy things with a nice catalyzed finish. No paint, no glazed nor hand-rubbed nothin'. Fine with me. He is also a very decent person that has been more than accommodating to my requests to tweak this or that. DH says he is confident that the guy knows what he is doing so we want to work with him still on the kitchen, but...
I wanted him to do the bedroom wardrobe before the kitchen cabs so I could learn any issues with his methods BEFORE I let him loose on our white oak planks for the kitchen. Glad I did.
So, he installed the bedroom wardrobe drawers and doors a few days ago. They look lovely, however, I have a couple things that I'm not sure about and I may be nuts or maybe not?
Here are the things I question:
1. The drawer boxes are 1/2" 9 ply plywood sides and bottom. They are unfinished but sanded smooth. Is that weird? It kind of bugs me but he says he doesn't finish his drawer boxes. I have checked drawers around the house and have some on various things that are both finished and unfinished. It never occurred to me to ask.
Is this normal that they are raw unfinished wood? Does one want that in the kitchen with moisture/grease/etc?
2. Drawer construction is glued and stapled (not nails, staples) butt joints. Even the bottom. No dado or rabbet for the drawer bottom.
I've read about this since 5 am and understand that people do this and the glue is what holds the wood together... the staples, or nails just hold it until the glue sets.
This construction worries me for my kitchen drawers and my question is, should it? Or is how he does this just fine?
What is worth demanding on drawers for structural integrity?
3. He used the economy (less than 10 bucks a pair) KV full extension glides and I hate them like poison. Now, these are 24" deep, 26" and 35" wide drawers so do glides that long on drawers that big just slide 'harder'? Honestly there is very little 'slide' to them, I pull out and push in. If you try to slam them shut you can't... they stop about 4" from closing and you have to push them shut. You could probably kick them shut... maybe I'll try that...
Could it be that they aren't installed correctly somehow that is causing them to bind or something or are they just crappy or? The cabinet guy says they'll 'break in' with use? I don't get that answer either... it's metal. How does that 'break in'?
It's starting to drive me to distraction how much I hate these things. I might be making them worse in my head than they are but I was so disappointed when I pulled on them and they didn't roll smoothly.
Does anyone have KV glides that love them? (The reviews aren't terrible and no one seems to hate them like I do... most feel they are a good value for the money.)
I have no handles on yet, would that matter to how they pull?
Feeling the rumblings of an inner child temper tantrum based on what I think I know, but maybe I'm wrong. Really need some objective info and advice here. Thank you!