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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 02-08-2008 11:49 PM 1309 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since my last blog. I’ve just been building kitchens and the contractor has been finishing and installing. This one I got to do the finish and install work on. So I got Pictures!
I figure since the construction industry is busting it is just the right time for a business man like me to jump in with both feet. I really didn’t like the boom so hopefully people will be a little better to work with in a bust cycle. I was doing great before the boom, then everyone got too busy and I started losing money as folks just didn’t get me the right information. I’d go to a job that wasn’t ready. To put in cabinets that where wrong. Then get run over by the other trades. Enough whining time for another picture.
I sure was impressed with quality of projects in this last competition! Congratulation to all who entered. That is some wonderful work. I do hope to get to do some furniture soon. This just building kitchens is too easy. OK one last photo. Take Care!

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 11:52 PM

Those are some nice look cabinets Dennis.

I really like that island.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 11:56 PM

Great work. Good to hear someone NOT whining about the recession, depression, doom and despair.

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 11:58 PM

oh yah.. nice island!

“too easy” you say??? sheesh!

best of luck with your business – I hope it all comes together for you AND you get to sell some of your other masterpieces as well

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 02-09-2008 12:03 AM

Nice cabinets Dennis really good job


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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 02-09-2008 12:38 AM

Yes sir, dem’s cabinets. Good looking job, Dennis. I’m afraid the bust is going to catch up to all of us. I got lucky and have saddles to build. Maybe all of us in this area need to rent a building and have a sale for a month.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-09-2008 12:50 AM

Impressive for sure.

Nice job!


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#7 posted 02-09-2008 01:06 AM

Great Job Dennis. A very nice set of cabinets.

Wishing you the best in this slow times.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 02-09-2008 01:19 AM

Very nice looking cabinets, Dennis!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 02-09-2008 01:28 AM

Looks like a nice set of cabs Dennis.
Can you make any money doing the build and install yourself?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 02-09-2008 01:54 AM

These are nice cabinets, Dennis. I admire your willingness to jump into the business at this time. These are tough times for builders but I think you are going to see an upturn in remodeling jobs now that interest rates have declined.

Good luck.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 02-09-2008 02:01 AM

Beautiful cabinets Dennis-I really like the character of the wood-what species wood did you use? Are the counter tops of the same wood? Who got there first, you or the ceramic tile installer? Oh well enough questions, I’m sure you’ve had to answer all these once before!
Good luck with the business, I’d imagine there’s a bigger piece of the whole pie if you manufacture and do the installs as well-I know there’ll be many less opportunities for re-work or design issues anyway.
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#12 posted 02-09-2008 02:04 AM


I too would be interested in the type of wood you used. I am trying to design our kitchen and look forward to begining that adventure. I really like the look you have going there.

Great job,

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#13 posted 02-09-2008 02:06 AM

nice looking job dennis , i can relate , to your story , i quit working new construction about 10 years ago . it was tuff sledding for a couple years but now i enjoy my work . good luck

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 02-09-2008 02:08 AM

Hi Dennis;

Nice set of cabinets there!

Interesting look on the boom / bust cycle. Great timing on the comment as well.

Today for the first time in over thirty years, we pulled all of our tools out of a job so another contractor can do one of the change orders on a kitchen renovation we’re doing. Seems our price was too high. In addition to removing our tools, we removed our materials, our dust protection for the rest of the house. There’s no sign of us at the job at all now. This lead to a panicked phone call from the husband asking if we’re ever coming back. We said sure we are. We still have all his cabinets.

He asked why we removed everything , including our dust protection, to which we explained his new contractor was a professional, and he would want to supply his own.

I have to wonder what these people are thinking. My stepson and I are partners in this project, and it is us who is doing the actual work. This job is not one of those candidates for a magazine, and it’s priced accordingly.

Many times in the past where clients have comments in the morning about something their stock broker friend said to them the night before, leads up to our knowledge being questioned.

This time it was a home inspector friend who is able to do much more work, at a much lower price than we can. Plus, he can start tomorrow!

In the mean time, our schedule is totally screwed, but fortunately it doesn’t seem to bother our client about having screwed us up this way. ( I was concerned about it upsetting them) LOL.

Now the lady of the house is asking us to bid on other items, not in our contract, so she can compare them to the house inspector’s prices! I told her to have him do it, I’m not interested.

I’m anxious to see this fellows work, as some of his comments have been pretty odd. For example, he’s going to build a shed onto the back of the house, right on top of the cement patio, and expand the kitchen. Since it’s only a shed it needs no footings or permits. Once the shed is built, he’s going to remove the rear wall of the house in the kitchen area.

I knew I should have taken one of those house inspection courses on the back of a match book cover!

Should prove interesting.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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dennis mitchell

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#15 posted 02-09-2008 02:56 AM

Lee I feel your pain. I’m still trying to figure out why people hire me, when they (or their son) know so much about woodworking and construction.
Kevin and Woodbutcher, This is a Knotty Alder kitchen. The counter top has an Alder edge. The tile guy did the floor then came back later and did the counter top back splash.
Bob#2 My kitchens run about 10% above a mid level prefab. I do Ok, but not great. I find myself half way between making a living and what people pay for wages in my part of the country.
Thanks everyone!

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