Kitchens #3: Finishing and Rambling and Rambling

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 04-05-2007 06:43 AM 1203 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve picked a very simple drawer style. Rabbited, glued and screwed, this is a very strong design. No fancy dovetails, but I’ll put these up against most any commercial drawer for durability.
Drawer Detail
In the back of my mind I’ve been wondering if I will have to quit woodworking for a living. My back just will not let me stand on concrete with out sharp pain. I’m fine lifting and moving cabinets, but 1/2 hour spraying and I’m about in tears. This last year has seen a major deterioration. I just hate to think about it. I’m taught to live in the solution and not the problem. So today I invested in some anti fatigue mats they really seem to help. I’ll need to pick up a dozen or so more. They really make it hard to sweep up sawdust, but heck I didn’t like to sweep anyway. I hope they help because I picked up another small cabinet job today. This one I’ll do in Obi’s honor…yep it is painted.
The moulding on this kitchen is also a simple design. I’m real glad to not be doing 3” crown. It is crazy to do stuff just because it looks good in a real estate ad. Square shaker doors and fancy crown just don’t mix.
Moulding and Drawer Faces
I think I like getting away from just installing. It is nice to get out in the shop and build some honest cabinetry. One new tool I’ve really got to like is my air powered 6” porta-cable sander. It will keep your compressor running. It does burn a lot of sandpaper. It sure does a good job. I’m not a big fan of expensive tools…well If you showed up at my door with a new Powermatic anything I’d be ecstatic. Professionally I believe lots of tools do not pay for themselves in a small shop. I ran the math and I’d have to do 50 kitchens a year to pay for a $1700.00 line boring machine. I’m not to sure a barrel sander would be much different. Although I spend a lot more time sanding then I do drilling holes. If I did kitchens full time maybe. BUT I have a house to build! Someday I’d like to build some furniture again! I don’t know why but I even bought a fishing license this year.

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#1 posted 04-05-2007 07:42 AM

Sounds like you need a break, if only a short one!

Why sweep when you have a dust collection system. Vaccuum up that saw dust, that’s what I do. My WoodMaster was pricey (around $3000 with shipping and taxes) but If you use rough sawn lumber I think the time you would save between planing and using the drum sander would pay for it. I know when I ran that cherry top for my adjustable table through it, my first thought was, boy if I had a lot of wood to sand, what a machine for the job. Now, I don’t do this for a living, so I know that you have a better feel for what will help you or not, but I’d think that this machine would save you a lot of time. You could also mill your own molding from rough stock which could save you a lot of money when you build that house. I’m sorry, I don’t mean to sound like a salesman, I just really have been impressed with this machine.

I hope you get the chance to do some fishing. My boat has been sitting in the yard for over a year, of course I had heart surgery two days after my last fishing trip.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 04-05-2007 11:26 AM

Dennis, I bought some of those anti fatigue mats for around my work table and I know that they helped me. By the way nice shop! I just wish I could get mine to look that clean.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 04-05-2007 01:09 PM

a transition time? Recharge your batteries, refocus on your goals and dreams…
what about sitting on a tall stool for some of your work?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 04-05-2007 01:22 PM

Dennis… Aren’t you going to have a hard time stepping up on top of a dozen anti-fatigue mats… Sure, it’ll be comfortable when you’re up there, but I don’t know if it’s worth it. You’ll have to build your work table to be taller and just about everything in your shop will need a booster box.

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#5 posted 04-05-2007 05:06 PM

Very sorry to hear this Dennis. Your work is just too outstanding to stop.

Check out the “Aches and Pains” post I did a little bit ago. There are some really good LJ comments on it about relieving stress in your back, keeping limber, etc. I would really hate not seeing anymore of your excellent and creative work on here.

And yes, maybe a little break would help.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 04-05-2007 07:01 PM

Very good Mark.

Dennis our prayers are with you too buddy, I hope that God will heal you from your pain and suffering.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-05-2007 07:43 PM

I’ll make you a deal, Dennis. I’ll trade you my desk job for your woodworking job until you get to feeling better. Deal?

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#8 posted 04-05-2007 11:32 PM

Mark…I’m short to start with so crawling on a dozen mats just keep me from having to run around with a ladder all the time. I have to use a ladder to put in counter tops!
JP…No…no way you can’t make me…I’ll build you a desk but no way am I crawling behind one again…life is too short.
Thanks everyone, the mats helped a little today. Lucky I can work for an hour stop then work for another hour. That is why you always see me on the computer. I still love recess!

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#9 posted 04-06-2007 12:34 AM

your spirits are up today—those mats are working well!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 04-06-2007 01:45 AM

Motivated by visions of being chained to a desk with a phone clamped to my ear…I managed to work a whole four hours…of course the commute today was a killer. Everytime I walked the fifty yards to the shop I had to walk by my pick-up truck with the fishing pole in the back, but I made it…today anyway.

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#11 posted 04-06-2007 02:10 AM

Hi Dennis;
—-sorry to hear about your back!

I also know what it’s like walking buy the fishing pole, just to keep on working, and then comes the hot dog days of summer when I’ve also got to act as if I really don’t see that canoe sitting on the top of my truck.

Getting to the point of year, around June or so at my place, ‘tis the season’ where the time to work, is in the building of all that the summer folks want. And then there is the reality of going from inside the house, to my truck and all the while the lakes sit right there in front of me.


-- --frank, NH,

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#12 posted 04-06-2007 05:51 PM

I know Frank but sometimes we just got to play! I have a small 14’ boat that hasn’t seen water for too long!

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#13 posted 04-06-2007 07:40 PM

I hope you get better Dennis. You might try some different shoes, as well as those mats. Maybe some insoles as well. The more padding you have, the longer you will be able to work.

I find my feet get very tired and sore standing on cement too. I try to sit down when I can, which helps as well. Especially when sanding, I try sitting to relieve the stress.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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