|Project by marc_rosen||posted 05-17-2015 04:40 PM||924 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
When my wife wanted to get a new refrigerator last year we decided to go with a built in unit because the salesman said we could get one without a front panel and I could decorate it to match our existing cabinetry.
I built Red Oak cabinets about 25 years ago but we wanted something brighter than that so we chose to go with this Flame Box Elder/Hard Maple frame and panel front instead.
I had to dismantle the bulkhead that hid the upstairs plumbing because the fridge was 84 inches tall. I removed the T&G pine face of the closet and built a wall for the right side of the fridge from dimensioned hard maple/ maple plywood and faced the existing framing with hard maple. The panels on the fridge are from one slab and the framing came from one piece of maple (except for the two stiles on the upper panel). The closet door panel is from a second slab and there is a lot more wood in both slabs’ cutoffs for some future fun when resawing.
(I must add that when I resawed the initial rip from the first slab I was in awe at the sight of the red grain patterns. I’ve resawn boards before but never did I see anything as dramatic as this come out of my shop.) A large knot prevented me from using the rip adjacent to this for the second panel but I got a good rip from the other side of the slab. The freezer panels (lower set) were cut off the fridge panels after gluing and I did a raised panel cut for each. We thought the panel that hides the compressors would look better bookmatched endwise and its image makes me think of some mountain range in the desert. I was also pleased that many of the “waves” in the box elder line up with waves in the maple.
I mounted the closet door proud of the maple facing to keep it uniform with the fridge doors and I used the fake antique hardware that I put on the original pine doors many years ago. Yeah, we still use a wall phone and I needed to cut out a box for its mounting. There is some trim work that needs to be completed and then I move on to covering the exhaust duct from the new range hood (not visible but to the right of the green t-shirt). That is going to be a panel made of a double resaw with side-to-side and end-to-end matching. I’m hopeful that gets done before June.
I’m also working on a new red oak counter height hutch to go to the right of the fridge. My older hutch was relocated into the dining area since it was now too wide for that space. That’s all for now, thanks for looking and once again, ignore the woodduck. He had his 10th hatchday (birthday?) on May 12. Marc
-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"