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Project by Pezking7p posted 06-07-2015 02:06 PM 2418 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we bought out house 2 years ago, we agreed that the kitchen needed to be remodeled and that my fledgling shop would be the source of the cabinets. A wedding got in the way but a year later we were married and I had a lot more experience under my belt. I was ready to make cabinets.

What you see is a completely re-done kitchen by my wife and myself. The cabinets are pre-finished ply with maple face frames and inset shaker doors. Construction is all pocket screws. The door panels are either glass, bead board, or plain plywood; I chose to mix up the panels to keep it from being monotonous. The pantry door is a solid maple board-and-batten construction. It is very large and probably wasn’t my best idea but it looks good. All the cabinets were sprayed with catalyzed lacquer.

In addition to the cabinets, a load bearing wall was removed, new tile floors, tile backsplash, all new lighting and electrical. Everything you see is new.

I started building cabinets on August 9th, started kitchen demo on October 30th, and got the kitchen to useable status (everything done except crown and shoe moldings, and the backsplash) by thanksgiving.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my kitchen remodel. There are a lot of pictures below of the process.

Here’s a pile of lumber:

Here’s my setup for breaking down sheet goods by myself. Took a while to figure out how to do this but it was very effective.

My router setup for the door frames. I used a frued shaker adjustable bit set. I can’t recommend these enough but it HAD to have chip extraction to work.

Finishing the scroll work on the plate rack by hand.

This pantry door was huge (maybe 45 lbs) and until I hung it, I wasn’t sure the hinges would be up to the task. I seriously didn’t know if it would work. I ended up using 4 full wrap hinges and it was just fine. Zero sag after 7 months.

Painting…I sprayed these with catalyzed vinyl sealer and catalyzed lacquer from sherwin williams using a $60 sprayer from peachtree. I was terrified. I started by making my front porch into a spray booth by enclosing it in plastic. This was a horrible idea. My front yard worked much better. Bugs love lacquer but it’s dry in about 5 minutes and they buff right out. Seriously.

I’ll try to give a remodel run down here.

Removing the load bearing wall. One of the most grueling days of labor in my life.



Temporary support:

Before:

Demo:

Tiling:

‘Lectrical

Install:

At times this endeavor drove us to drink:

-- -Dan





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 06-07-2015 02:14 PM

Turned out great. Quite a transformation. Nice progress pictures too. Looks like a huge upgrade.

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Mosquito

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#2 posted 06-07-2015 02:26 PM

Looks great! Really makes it feel a lot bigger with out that wall. You hire out too? I can probably buy some alcohol… maybe another ‘round of mini golf? lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 06-07-2015 05:09 PM

That kitchen looks great. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Tim

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#4 posted 06-07-2015 05:46 PM

That looks great, Dan! I see you did end up going with that cool pullout corner shelf. I guess when you do all the labor you can spend some of the money you saved on nice stuff like that.

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hoss12992

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#5 posted 06-07-2015 07:14 PM

Love the new kitchen. Congrats on a job well done

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Slyy

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#6 posted 06-07-2015 10:21 PM

Awesome remodel Dan, always cool to see a Ruobo leg vice holding an entire freaking door! Cool stuff!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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theoldfart

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#7 posted 06-08-2015 12:52 AM

Dan, I’d be quite happy to work in that kitchen! You two did a great job, congratulations.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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jeff

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#8 posted 06-08-2015 12:55 AM

Quite an endeavor Dan.Looks great.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Pezking7p

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#9 posted 06-08-2015 12:58 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. I wish it was easier to upload pics so I could share more!

Mos I’ll gladly hire out but we are going to have to play a whole lot of putt putt

-- -Dan

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Mosquito

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#10 posted 06-08-2015 03:58 AM

Well, I do have 1 free round… lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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Desert_Woodworker

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#11 posted 06-08-2015 03:02 PM

5 stars for your post. (out of 5 stars)

-- Desert_Woodworker

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duckmilk

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#12 posted 06-08-2015 08:16 PM

Heck of a remodel Dan. I would love to have information on that pull out shelf in the corner cabinet for when we build our house (someday).

”At times this endeavor drove us to drink:” in a big way, it seems.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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SuperCubber

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#13 posted 06-09-2015 02:10 AM

Gorgeous kitchen. Well done!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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CL810

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#14 posted 06-09-2015 02:54 AM

Dan what an incredible project! I don’t know what impresses me more, the craftsmanship or how you got your wife to do the heavy work! ;-)

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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majuvla

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#15 posted 06-09-2015 01:53 PM

Outstanding rustical look. Lot of work! Nice combination of countertop and white fronts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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