Cabinet Progress #1: Resawing Fir

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 03-17-2007 06:41 AM 2595 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Assignment
Make a set of base cabinets to match the original douglas fir cabinets. As seen here. The cabinets are fir but refaced with a soon to be removed laminate. We found the doors being used as shelves in the closets.

Bad Wood/ Good Wood
My carpenter found a source for reclaimed fir beams. They come from demolished turn of the century houses and have a great patina. Unfortunately they also look like they would eat your jointer alive. Fortunately I only paid about $200 bucks for 10 huge beams (6” x 4” x 12 ft on average)

So I bought a resawish blade for the bandsaw and went to work. (Pulled a couple dozen nails first).

A few hours later and a couple dozen useable board feet of lumber appeared.Rough thickness averaged a hair over 4/4” Very worth the work and the price.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 03-17-2007 09:20 AM

Looks like a job well done. Another pass or two with a metal detector and maybe you can pass them on the jointer for finished boards.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 03-17-2007 11:30 AM

Such beautiful finds waiting to be discovered and re-used.

You must be “giddy” with excitement.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-17-2007 01:00 PM

Look how tite the growth rings are.Good find!

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 03-17-2007 01:08 PM

I commend you for keeping the house in its original style, a little treasure.

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#5 posted 03-25-2007 08:12 PM

Yes, but it is not easy or cheap to maintain.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 08-13-2008 12:43 AM

Thats some nice fir.

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