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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 01-14-2015 11:39 PM 1379 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first Kitchen of 4 apartment kitchens I am building. This kitchen I used some soft maple
that was basically garbage because it would not make grade. The owner of the building before me was
using this maple to replace bad sub-flooring. It was no god for that either because the subfooring was actually
6/4 stock and this was 4/4. The previous owner did not care it was good enough.
I decided to use it for this kitchen knowing it would look rather distressed. I thought for this old building
that started out as a Carriage House that it should be just right.
As you can see it is missing some stiles, they will be floating stiles meaning they will be attached to one of the doors. I will make them up and spray them the next time I have a batch of stuff to finish.
We live in this unit now so my wife is happy to get them. To bad we will be moving into our permanent unit in a few months and she will have to rough it again.
It is all part of the means to the end of the project.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)





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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 01-15-2015 12:40 AM

Looks nice Todd. And NOBODY has to know that you used “crappy” wood. Folks that are renters aren’t usually concerned about the quality of the wood that the cabinets are made of, so long as they have ENOUGH cabinets to store all their “stuff” :-)
We’ve lived in places that had HALF that many cabinets!

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#2 posted 01-15-2015 03:11 AM

Todd,

It looks like a first-rate job even if the wood wasn’t your first choice. You should get plenty of practice with each new kitchen and just think of the patience your wife is gaining!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 01-15-2015 01:30 PM

Hey Joe,
I kinda like the look, it reminds me a little of Hickory. Maybe it is just a little distressed.

L/W, after almost 40 years of practice if I don’t have it yet I may not get it. And besides my wife loves this one
so when I build the one for our home I got it made. She also understands the whole picture may take a while
to clear up. We decided on this adventure together we would like to finish the race.

Thank 2 both of you for taking the time to comment,Have a very blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#4 posted 01-15-2015 05:24 PM

These cabinets are amazing looking. My wife and I are getting ready to build a home and I have been thinking long and hard about building my own cabinets. I know that value wise its a no brainer, but could you guestimate how many hours you had in this kitchen? BC im trying to decide if my tiem here is worth it over spending more time in other parts of the house. Any thoughts?

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#5 posted 01-15-2015 05:25 PM

These cabinets are amazing looking. My wife and I are getting ready to build a home and I have been thinking long and hard about building my own cabinets. I know that value wise its a no brainer, but could you guestimate how many hours you had in this kitchen? BC im trying to decide if my tiem here is worth it over spending more time in other parts of the house. Any thoughts?

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#6 posted 01-15-2015 06:19 PM

Wood does look cool, I like it.
Next time I would make the doors bigger and not put in the stile opposed to adding the stile to one side of the door.
I hate having to make sure I close the right door first or having to open one door just to get the other door open.
I would kreg screw the stiles into the cabinets if it were me, before adding to the doors.
Just suggestions.

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Todd Swartwood

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#7 posted 01-15-2015 10:50 PM

PoohBaah,
When I was able to put in full days I would put out a kitchen from sale to install in about 4-5 weeks depending
on how many bells and whistles the kitchen had. Because I can only work partial days I have no idea how many hours I have in this kitchen.
After saying all that you can not buy cabinets the way I build them without spending big bucks. I do not use particle board or melamine, everything is 3/4”cabinet grade plywood except the cabinet backs are 3/8” Baltic Birch plywood as well as drawer bottoms.

Iwud4u, I do not like mid stiles in my cabinets, I like to be able to open the doors and have no obstructions
in the cabinet opening.
It all comes down to preference there is not a right or wrong way to deal with mid stiles.

Thanks for all your comments and have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#8 posted 01-20-2015 02:06 AM

Every custom made kitchen is unique whether it be the wood, the style, the finish, the hardware or the layout. That is a nice job and adds tremendous value to the property.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#9 posted 01-20-2015 09:26 PM

dshute,
Thank you for the kind words and just taking the time to comment. My wife loves the kitchen, but that is not always the best gauge, she loves everything I build. So it is always nice to get some outside encouragement.

Thanks again and have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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