|Project by RICOCO||posted 05-12-2015 05:21 PM||1448 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
In 2012 I promised my wife a new kitchen. A year and a half after I started, it’s finally complete. Being on a fixed income the budget was tight to say the least. I told her I could do it for $2500.00. After she stopped laughing I was given the green light. It’s a small kitchen, 9’6” and 6 feet of counter top. All the carcasses are made for 3/4 economy birch ply AKA imported cr*p. However bad it is, it’s still more durable than particle board. For the doors and drawer faces I opted for domestic 3/4 birch ply.
The drawers are 1/2 baltic birch with 1/4 melamine hardboard bottoms on full extension slides. The doors are nothing fancy, inset flat panels, simply edge taped with euro hinges. The counter tops are my pride and joy. Made form 3/4 economy ply cut into 1.5 inch strips of varying lengths from 6 inches to 4 feet and glued together to form the slabs. Titebond 3 and a 10 foot aluminum ladder section was used as straight edge to keep the slab true. I also used my router table with a finger joint bit to lengthen the strips as required. We saved money wherever possible. The under mount sink was greatly discounted at $75.00, I wasn’t about to pay $250.00 for the blind corner hardware so I made my own for about $60.00 from repurposed available hardware. To sum up, the entire project including all the hardware, every screw, and drop of glue came to a grand total of just under $2400.00. My wife reconciled all the receipts and that’s my proof.
Additional info on the counters:
Edge banded with maple for added durability.
I filled any voids with a slurry of Titebond 3 and sanding dust.
The finish on the counter tops is danish oil, 5 coats, allowed to dry a week each coat.
Finally 5 coats of water based poly.
All questions & Comments welcome
Last image is the old kitchen