First Kitchen

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Project by 4hisglory posted 12-17-2008 05:13 AM 1530 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some old photos I dug up of my first “high end” kitchen. Its a clear cherry flat panel kitchen. Everything is book matched if you take a look at the base cabinet close up you can see the entire door / drawer setup is one solid piece of cherry. This was a difficult kitchen to renovate because the customer was occupying the home and had 4 children living their as well. I had to install everything in a 2 day period and as you can see even still I was working around their kitchen items hehe.

Now for the funny part. This being my first large scale project I had no shop tools. I built this kitchen and installed it with the following.

Bosch Circular saw w/ home made straight edge
Porter Cable router
Porter Cable random orbit sander
trim compressor
air gun for the finish
basic handtools

It was an extremely hard project to do in this fashion but it was an experience I will forever cherish. It gives you an immense appreciation for the shop tools that make it so much easier / faster.

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~

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#1 posted 12-17-2008 05:28 AM

Great first job.
I like the colors of the cabinets and counter top. Amazing what you can do with only some basic tools.
I was wondering what finish did you use on the cabinets?

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#2 posted 12-17-2008 07:46 AM

The finish is 3 coats of pre-catalyzed lacquer made by Campbell. Its expensive stuff but its the nicest lacquer I’ve ever used. The counter top is LG Himacs Green sand. Cherry is photosynthetic so it darkens much faster when exposed to sunlight. I let the doors soak in some UV for a day or 2 before I installed them so my client could enjoy that deep red right off the bat.

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~

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#3 posted 12-17-2008 07:53 AM

Nice work, for limited tools. I started out with limited tools.

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#4 posted 12-17-2008 07:00 PM

Bravo! That looks great, and proves you don’t need to spend a fortune to turn out great work.

-- Robb

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#5 posted 12-20-2008 08:26 PM

Wow. That’s impressive, espeicially with so few tools. Nicely done!

-- Travis (

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#6 posted 01-27-2009 10:55 PM

great looking cabinets…very nice…hard to believe these where your first ones…..Good Job

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#7 posted 04-21-2009 08:16 PM

Execellent kitchen. Great looking job!

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