We have been living in our house for six years now and we still have no formal kitchen. The dishes had to be done outside. SWMBO is putting up with the situation very calmly. So far lady luck is smiling. But no need to push it. I guess we all have an idea of what happened to those who did…
I did the the 6’W X 12’L X 8’H extension all by my lonesome only on weekends/holidays. Walls, roofing and the ceiling. The concrete pour for the flooring I subbed out. The size is less than ideal but compared to the 2’ X 4’ space the house came with the developer called kitchen, it is a luxury already.
As this is a very small space, we will be going for open shelving to prevent cramping the space further. Wood countertop on base cabinets made out of 3/4” marine plywood. Frame and panel doors bought at the local HD.
Wood for the countertop is Narra (Pterocarpus Indicus). The species is endemic in the Philippines and is the most popular material for furniture. 3/4” X 12” X 7’. P240/bd ft (about US$5.00/bd ft). Now you have an idea why I titled this blog as my first serious project. Making a mistake is out of the question.
The countertop being cleaned up with my trusty run of the mill Stanley low angle block. By the way, the construction is by the hybrid sort. I have a portable power planer but for delicate work and expensive materials, I will always go unplugged. But that is not cast in stone. I used a router to true up the edges for crisp glue joints. I guess for me it is going to be safety, accuracy, speed, consistency/repeatability and the tool I have available which will dictate if I will go powered or not.
With the shavings swept. The beauty of Narra is already beginning to show.
The countertop after 120grit sanding and a light pass of turpentine.
I hope it won’t take another 6 years to finish. LOL
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More to follow…
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