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Blog series by Sparky977 updated 06-16-2008 04:30 AM 6 parts 6323 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: Cabinets for Sandbar are underway!

03-27-2008 04:58 AM by Sparky977 | 3 comments »

Sandbar is the name of the next house I am trimming for Specialty Builders, LLC. After many long evenings playing around with Google Sketchup to draw detailed drawings of the kitchen, and then using Cut List Plus (thanks to a recommendation from Lee Jesberger’s site:!) to set up my plywood cutting, I have begun cutting said plywood to size. Cut List Plus is tremendous! It is saving me from having too much waste, plus the option of printing labels for each part ...

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Part 2: Cabinets progressing

04-07-2008 05:09 AM by Sparky977 | 4 comments »

Well, after about a week and a half of really building these cabinets full time, I’ve learned a couple things. 1. I love working in my shop! I’m having a blast doing this, and am really hoping I can build things in the shop full time. If I didn’t have to trim a house again, I don’t think I would mind. Of course, part of that may be because I am getting to use my new toys, a Steel City jointer and a planer. More on those I’ll post in my workshop profile. ...

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Part 3: Kitchen Cabinet Installation

05-03-2008 04:57 AM by Sparky977 | 4 comments »

Today was a big day! I finally installed the cabinets for my first full kitchen today! Rolly, our finisher, painted them at the end of last week. I am still waiting for the drawer guides to be delivered, along with the lazy susan hardware and the knobs, pulls, and shelf pegs. Also, the blue paint on the island is taking FOREVER to cure, so I haven’t taken those doors or the panels that will go on the sides to the jobsite yet. Oh, and I still have toe kicks and crown molding to go ...

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Part 4: My tools have revolted!

05-18-2008 05:32 AM by Sparky977 | 3 comments »

I’m not sure what I did, but for some reason my tools are pissed at me. In the last week and a half, my Festool Domino jointer got out of allignment and then broke the 5mm cutter. Of course, this happened at a very critical time crunch point. Oh, and I didn’t have an extra cutter on hand, so I had to stop what I was doing in order to go get a new one, 45 minutes away. Of course, Woodcraft only had one cutter in stock, but, I mean, whats the likelihood of ANOTHER bit breaking, ...

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Part 5: Project is done!

06-11-2008 06:45 PM by Sparky977 | 3 comments »

I am finally completely done with all the cabinets for this house. Everything is installed, hardware is one, and everything is clean. The photographer ( took pictures yesterday, so hopefully I will have some to post on here in the next few days. I’m very excited to show this project off! I learned SO much on this job. Many things I will be doing differently. I feel like I just finished a class harder than any I ever took in college! Some of you probabl...

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Part 6: Pictures!

06-16-2008 04:30 AM by Sparky977 | 7 comments »

Here are some pictures of the cabinets I built! Unfortunately, the builder hadn’t gotten some of the appliances, so the photographer was unable to get pictures of the bar, and one side of the island where the microwave sits. I hope that once they are in, I can get him back in for some more pictures. The kitchen. The island is a very deep blue, and distressed on all edges. The corner posts are chamfered. The granite on the island is one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve see...

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