A journey into the workshop. #48: Working on kitchen cabinet re-organization projects...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-12-2010 11:23 PM 1293 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So as I am a tool junkie, LOML is a Pampered Chef junkie, and over the years, she has accumulated pretty much the entire PC catalog, and in many cases, several of the more important items such as pitchers, bakers, gravy boats and such…

Now the problem is, we have a pretty pathetic cabinet layout for the size house we have. So we quickly overran the available storage capacity of the cabinets…

Now our upper cabinets do not butt up against the ceiling, but rather match the height of the wall behind, that floats, and the cathedral ceilings take off above that. So there is a LOT of wasted space up there…

Well me and my big mouth said… “Hey, let’s use THAT space!”...

I should have kept my mouth shut…

So now I am trying to organize the overflow of Pampered Chef items on top of my cabinets, which is great, except that the face frames end 1.25”ABOVE the tops of the carcasses. So to BORG I go for a mess of SYP 2×4s…

I am planning on planing 2×4s to thickness to bring the whole thing flush, cutting them to length, and letting them float. Which will handle all but the corner where the two sets of cabs meet. Big wasted space with a hole…

Back to the 2×4s, rip some cleats, and a piece of ply, mount it up so that the ply is flush, and the cleats are held in with some brads (Norm’s fault I swear!). With a flush, even surface, all should be nice and easy to get up and down, and will display nicely too…

I just have to convince LOML that SHE wants me to spend shop time this weekend instead of visiting with her sister… Considering this is a project SHE asked me to do, she might just let me get away with it…

Guess the planer and saws get some workout this weekend!

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#1 posted 03-13-2010 12:20 AM

So, I’m not the only one….lol. How about some pre and post pics?

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#2 posted 03-13-2010 12:37 AM

As soon as I get some progress done, you betcha!

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 05:27 PM

This is reminiscent of my early years in this house, purchased in 1985, with the floating kitchen ceiling. There was an open wall on one side of the kitchen, so I personally studded it in, hung, taped, and painted and plastered the drywall on both sides…......just so we could gain more wall space for cupboards and counters.

In those days I did everything I could myself. Even ran the monster 220 service for a new double oven. That wire has been used in the two subsequent remodels, so is in use today as I ran it. The kitchen was remodelled two more times, the second and third time including a great walk in pantry, which has solved our storage problems. I didn’t do those remodels. The first remodel I did before we moved in from our then current house. Now the floating ceiling is gone, all the walls between the dining room and kitchen are gone, and it doesn’t resemble the old house at all. Most of the cabinets taken out in that first remodel I did are the cabinets in my shop. The second remodel I took the cabinets that were removed, and put them in a triangular storage area just behind my shop. That’s where the suitcases, winter tires, Xmas tree, and a gazillion other seasonal and occasional items are stored. Need storage, storage, and more storage…...............especially as the years go by.

By the way, be sure to comment on Mikes latest post,

I am sure your perspective would be unique and very useful for newcomers to the hobby, on a budget.

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