Kitchen Cabinets, My 3rd Project

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Blog entry by lance posted 06-23-2008 04:32 AM 1327 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Lumberjocks and Lumberjockets,

I started out intending to just remove the old paneling, then refinishing the outsides of our old cabinets. The new items were going to be the new wall treatments, a new counter top, backsplash and floor. That was going to be more than enough.

But, on removing the cabinets and paneling we discovered mold and rotted cabinet bases. That resulted in me beiing forced into making new base cabinets. The following pics will give you a better idea of what initially transpired.

Beginning the demo

Some progress

Some repairs

Stove relocated

More repairs and stove

Three base cabinets with adjustable feet

Closeup of one of the adjustable feet

Access holes in base of cabinets, for using a screwdriver to adjust the cabinet’s height

First 3 base cabinets and relocated dishwasher. The old faces were sanded and reused.

Now the new sink and granite top have been installed

We are moving along

Now, at my wife’s request, I’m busy making two more base cabinets and three 36” wall cabinets that will go to the cealing, instead of having a soffit above the cabinets.

Look for part two to this continuing saga.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#1 posted 06-23-2008 04:50 AM

Wow Bob – you’ve got your work cut out for you. Lot’s of sawdust in your future. Ain’t that grand! Looking forward to progress pictures.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 06-23-2008 05:14 AM

Looks like what I say in person except for the before pictures.

Looking good Bob.

-- 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 06-23-2008 07:04 AM

Hi Bob;

I see the adjustable feet your were describing at the picnic yesterday. Clever idea, but I think you’ll like the European style we talked about. It saves a lot of wood, and are helpful in attaching the kicks.

Nice work on the kitchen.

Good to see you again;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 06-23-2008 08:43 PM

This is going to look great!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 06-24-2008 12:01 AM

Hi Bob Your kitchen is looking great. At the picnic when we were talking about the adjustable feet I didnt realize that they were going to be used on a project of this magnitude. Great job.

-- bryano

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#6 posted 06-24-2008 01:34 PM

Hi Bob,

Kitchen looks great, blue drywall?

My wife and I are currently in the planning stages of the same sort of renovation, I wonder if you have any tips about the order in which the project is completed?

Cheers, Derek

-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design

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#7 posted 06-29-2008 03:49 PM

I have found that the best way to attack any large project that can appear overwhelming when looking at the whole thing is to brake it down into a lot of small projects that you can successfully accomplish. I.e., If your kitchen has ten cabinets, at the very least, you just have 10 small projects – (cabinets). Or, making the model is one. Making the faces is another, assembling them is another and so on.

Literally, just start at the ceiling and work your way down. When it comes to the floor you will have to decide if you want the cabinets on top of the new floor or not. Make your cabinet faces first then the boxes. It saves storage space.

Make sure you have picked out your hinges and slides and know exactly how they will be installed before completing the final design of your cabinets. You can use some scrap wood and an old cabinet to test the mounting of your new hinges and slides. I prefer the European hinges, because they are adjustable.

Measure twice and cut once. Make a scaled down model or two, as I did. In the long run it can be worth the extra cost in materials and time. Accept the fact that you will probably make some mistakes. Be gentle on yourself.

If I can be of any farther help, please feel free to contact me. Good luck!

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#8 posted 07-29-2008 09:18 PM

Kitchen looks great

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#9 posted 07-31-2008 03:28 PM

Hi jeanmarc,

Thank you for the kind words. Progress is slow but, definitely moving forward. Hope to have some updates

Have a great day,

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#10 posted 02-22-2011 07:03 AM

Bob those are some nice cabinets.

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