I am hoping to build an entertainment center/book cases in an inset niche that is about 13 feet wide, 8 feet tall and 2 feet deep. I would like it to have more of a furniture look than a cabinet look so I would like to build it with face frames and without a toe kick.
I have searched through books that I have on cabinetmaking as well as all the sources I can find on the Internet but I can find no discussion of building this kind of cabinet. I'm hoping that someone might be able to answer a few questions:
1. I like the idea of building a ladder frame to support the cabinet base that can then be shimmed level to provide the level base for the rest of the cabinet. I know how this works when cabinets have toe kicks, but is it possible (or even recommended) for cabinets without toe kicks? If it is a workable solution, then what is the best way to approach it?
2. I'm thinking that I would like to use some kind of base molding around the bottom that would fit in with the 4" base molding already in the room. In line with my first question, if I use a ladder frame for a base and then set the boxes on top, should I plan on applying a finish piece to the front before the base molding goes on? Would it be a better idea to extend the face frame down to the floor?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If anyone has example photos of how something like this would be done - even better!