My first project ever: my kitchen

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Project by Dustin posted 12-15-2008 08:09 PM 2905 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I bought my home it had this almost unlivable kitchen so I knew I was going to have to build one.

The tools that I had were these:

random orbital sander
miter saw
table saw
cordless drill
hammer and nails

that’s it. No router table, no thickness planer, no jointer, no nuthin’ it took me a month and a half to finish.

This whole project including the new floor and paint cost me around $1100. That was enough to get me hooked on woodworking.

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#1 posted 12-15-2008 08:20 PM

More power to you (power tool that is) I’ve been there and done that… Nice Job…


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#2 posted 12-15-2008 08:34 PM

That looks great. Congratulations.

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#3 posted 12-15-2008 08:35 PM

wow…its a big one for a first project, well done! and since you’re going to walk into that kitchen every day, its going to be an even better feeling seeing you made that all by yourself!

-- jk

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#4 posted 12-15-2008 09:31 PM

Great results for a first project. Consider yourself hooked!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 12-15-2008 09:39 PM

How did you do the joinery on the rails and stiles for your doors? Mortise and stub tennons or dowels
Darn fine piece of work

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#6 posted 12-15-2008 10:11 PM

Dave, I have the cope cutter for the rails to create a tennon mortise joint.

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#7 posted 12-15-2008 10:14 PM

Wow Dustin you did a great job on your kitchen.Congratulations.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#8 posted 12-15-2008 11:49 PM

That is an ambitious project as a starter. It does look great. Congratulations on such a wonderful effort.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 12-16-2008 12:35 AM

This is a very good start, very impressive. Congrats on the kitchen.

-- Jed,Ala,

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#10 posted 12-16-2008 12:52 AM

Welcome to the group we all got hooked at some point is the client impressed? the client being your wife or girlfriend of course. Well done.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#11 posted 12-16-2008 02:30 AM

Nice job Dustin, welcome to the wonderful and frustrating world of woodworking, a skill that lasts a lifetime.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#12 posted 12-16-2008 06:08 AM

Great job, That’s about a 421 times better than my first big project. But in my defense I only had a:

power saw
belt sander
drill (corded)
hammer and nails

Cant wait to see your future projects after you get a shop full of tools.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#13 posted 12-16-2008 11:03 AM

Nice Job…and I thought taking on a military shadow box was a challenge for a first project! Keep up the good work.

-- Chad, Si vis pacem, para bellum

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#14 posted 12-16-2008 12:17 PM

Looks like $1100 well spent. Nice job.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 12-16-2008 12:27 PM

Nice kitchen and a good introduction to woodworking. Coincidentally, my first project was building my kitchen cabinets as well with about the same tool set that you used. That was about 5 years ago and like you, it got me really started in this woodworking. Of course, since then my tool collection has grown significantly. Get ready for a great ride.

-- Working at Woodworking

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