|Project by English||posted 05-16-2014 05:11 PM||2306 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
I started these cabinets in my old shop before I retired. They got put on hold as I built my new shop and got it set up. The cabinets are made from rustic hickory, hardest wood I ever worked with. Very hard to mill and sand. I was not able to raise the panels on the router table, way too much tear out. I ended up making a jig and raising the panels with the table saw. I dulled two 10” carbide blades on this project. Sanding the door parts on this hard wood was taking me close to 5 hours a door. With 28 doors, well I am patient but there is a limit. So I purchased a used Grizzly 24” drum sander. It sanded all of the door parts to 200 grit in 3 hours.
Finding enough hickory to complete the job was difficult. I purchased some in South Carolina and some in Virginia. I wanted to make the cabinets 42” tall but with the shortage of hickory I settled for 30” cabinets.
Hickory weights about 4 lbs a board foot. So I was concerned about keeping these cabinets on the wall and together. So it was probably over kill but I put the face frames on with glue, biscuits, and pocket screws. For the backs I put the 1/2” plywood backs in a dado 1/2” in from the back so that these could not be pulled off.
I finished the cabinets with 6 coats of semi gloss oil based polyurethane. Because I could not mill the hickory with my router table I ordered the crown molding on line.
I installed a 2” x 6” x 14 1/2” mounting rail between all of the studs around the kitchen for mounting the cabinets. Each of the upper cabinets has at least 6 #10×3 1/2” washer head cabinets screws holding it to the wall.
I made a new counter top using 2 layers of 3/4” AC plywood and covered with Wilsonart Milano Amber laminate. It is a one piece “U” 60” x 144” x 50”. It was very heavy and hard to install.
All of the wiring was brought up to code and a new polished limestone and yellow onyx back splash was installed.
I finished the room off with a new cork floor.
Below are a few photo from the cabinet build.
-- John, Suffolk Virgina