Well it is finally starting: my job has relaxed a bit in workload, I have the tools, a design, and some of the raw materials. Time to build an entire kitchen!
The home is an older, but not historic farmhouse colonial (~1970’s construction). Kitchen is about 15’ x 20’ and opens up to the family room, since I blew out the wall separating them.
We purchased a John Boos oval butcher block island as a centerpiece. The style will be a traditional colonial (simple, but not mission simple). There are not that many cabinets, so inset doors would have limited usable space too much (which is a shame because I really like the look). So partial overlay doors, flat panel, with a beaded cope and stick construction.
If I can pull it off, I am going to try an exterior quirk bead detail around the perimeter of the doors. This will involve some hand tools in the corners, so I’m going to try some test pieces first.
Poplar face frames and doors. MDF flat panels. Prefinished maple ply for interiors and drawer bottoms. Solid maple for drawer boxes.
I will use pocket screws for much of the construction with biscuits and the aforementioned cope and stick for drawer fronts and doors.
Painted finish (white/off-white) with a reddish brown glaze. Still debating whether to top coat with a conversion varnish, or leave them painted to make touch up and refinishing easier.
Big Fridge Cabinet
Tall Storage Cabinet
Tall Oven Cabinet
Farmhouse Sink Base
Fake Soffit for over-sink (to hide plumbing)
(optional) Range Hood cover
Barn Door for Pantry (40” x 36” semi-walk-in)
So not a huge list of cabinets but enough to scare me. I’ve built speakers, aquarium stands, nightstands, bookcases, and shop cabinets before.
My son’s first birthday is in early September, so I’d like to get the whole kitchen remodel done by then. A nice summer project.
Up next: pictures of the plan (in Sketchup).
-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.