I wanted to take a picture of my wife’s new kitchen bureau, spice rack, and utensil hanger so that I colud post the finished work here on my blog. I wanted people to see what I was talking about. When she caught me taking pictures of her kitchen, however, my wife stopped me. She refused to let me post pictures that included the crummy cabinets above the counter. At the very least, she wanted to replace the forty five year old formica veneered cabinet doors. Wanting both to please my wife and post the pictures of my work, I began working on a plan.
I could have made new doors and a face frame, but it was four in the afternoon, and I wanted to get the job done by bedtime. Paint was an option, and I did do some painting, but the wife wanted to match her knotty pine motif. To build doors out of knotty pine, like she wanted, would have required me to sort through my lumber looking for suitable pieces to build with, checking the grain so that I could pick the right pieces and arrange them such that they would not warp. I decided to pull off the old doors and while my wife painted the face frame white, it was tope, I went to work.
I jointed, table sawed, planed, re-sawed, planed and re-sawed until I had a pile of veneer strips. I am calling it all knotty pine but the wood I used included, four kinds of pine, douglas fir, hemlock(the West Coast variety), and spruce.
Next, I sanded the back side of the doors clean. I intended to contact cement the veneer strips to this side and sand the formica clean on the fronts, so that I could spray them white with oil based enamel. Once the doors were prepared, I began the veneering process. I used a fast setting flammable contact cement.
I wanted to be sure that the strips adhered so I pressed them until I was ready to go to the next step.
Because some of the strips were uneven, I placed a mat over the top, then plywood, then my $500 press. One at a time, I trimmed, planed and sanded my new door fronts.
Here, I should point out that it is not wise to run knotty pine veneered doors thru my planer.
I didn’t get a picture of the basket balls but they were paint grade. I generally try to replace a knot with a knot.
When I was done fixing the blown out knots with strips, fill putty, or basket balls, I finish sanded and gave them a quick coat of poly, I ate a salad with a piece of cornbread before I turned them over and sprayed the sanded formica white, it was originally a dark walnut color. I ate a piece of peach cobbler before I installed the hinges.
I made a new top rail to go above the doors then put my wife’s kitchen back together. Now I was ready to take pictures.
I have to give my wife credit, her utensil pegboard was a good idea. At some point, I will do something about that light cord.
-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin