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Project by TheQueTip posted 07-24-2009 04:21 AM 13595 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished this project this last March. The wife wanted the builder’s stock red oak kitchen cabinets replaced in the kitchen while we were doing some other kitchen renovation projects. Rebuilt all the door and drawers (25 doors and 11 drawers) from soft maple.

Because she would not let me tear up the kitchen :-) , I reluctantly chose to veneer the cabinet carcasses instead of rebuild them. I did some upfront research to understand the technicques and tools necessary to veneer and feel pretty good that it is a lasting installation. The big panels (i.e., sides of island and cabinets) were wrapped with 1/8” maple paneling. I was lucky to get sheets that matched pretty good with the maple FAS purchased.

The finish was accomplished with a “thorough sanding” of all the maple to close the pours and reduce blotching, a single coat of sanding sealer and a ‘rubbed out’ light maple stain (because the FAS maple had some disisimaliar colors, the maple stain allowed me to blend in the deltas between wood tones.) and then four coats of poly.

I was amased of how much the glass shops thought of their ethed glass (if I am going to pay that much for a linear foot of something, it better be made of wood :-) Instead of giving in to the robbery, I purchased 1/4” clear and then put on film to simulate the etching look.

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.





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Karson

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#1 posted 07-24-2009 04:29 AM

The cabinets look great I’m on my seconjd kitchen rebuild. This one is about 1/2 done. I’ve got a blog of the work so far.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 07-24-2009 04:52 AM

This is a timely post for me. I bought several hundred bf of maple a while back with the idea that I would also do my cabinets. You have given me some great inspiration.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#3 posted 07-24-2009 04:54 AM

Looks great!

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#4 posted 07-24-2009 04:57 AM

Well done super looking cabinets

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 07-24-2009 05:32 AM

Nice flow from the top to the bottom, it looks like an inviting work area.

I was noticing the tile work on the floor.

Did you do that too?

Q

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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woodworm

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#6 posted 07-24-2009 06:39 AM

Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 07-24-2009 02:37 PM

Great looking cabinets. The counter top really goes well with it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 07-24-2009 07:49 PM

should you ever decide to tackle the glass again, there is etching compound you can paint right on the glass, etch it yourself. Paint it on, set for a few mins, then take it off…shouldn’t be terrible with panels like that.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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#9 posted 07-25-2009 01:12 AM

QueTip, Those doors and cabinets look great. I would like to do similar looking doors. Can you tell me what you used to make them?
Thanks FMG

-- FMG- Woodworking is 90% mental the other half is physical

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TheQueTip

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#10 posted 07-25-2009 04:44 AM

Thanks for the kind words. In response:

Quixote – The tilework was done by the original builder. That was about the ‘only thing’ the wife did not want replaced. I am waiting for the request before replacing the tile !.

Will Mego – I looked at that solution and the film. Chose the film this time, but was going to try the etching solution on the next frosted glass project.

FMG – The bit set came from MCLS. The links to the pages are

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsitesc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/raisedpanelrouterbits2.html>

(8784 – includes the slot cutter for the mitered corners, slot for the raised panels, and profile bit for rails/stiles)

and

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsitesc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/raisedpanelrouterbits1.html>

(8688 for cutting the the raised panels) There is video on the site that runs through the process.

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#11 posted 07-25-2009 02:35 PM

Four coats of poly… is that preventative or recommended? This is also a timely post for me.

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#12 posted 07-25-2009 06:01 PM

I’ve got hard maple cabinets wouldn’t trade them for the world, their beautiful, like yours.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 07-25-2009 07:14 PM

I’m not sure I should have done this but I just showed my wife your kitchen…it may become my kitchen now. I fear I’ll take far longer than Karson on his kitchen. I once took two years to redo a very ugly bathroom…just in time to sell the house :-(

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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TheQueTip

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#14 posted 07-26-2009 06:21 PM

Thanks for kind comments. in response:

MtKate – I think it was more of a desired look rather than a preventative or a recommendation. I was lookiing for a rich satin finish. It just happended to take 4 coats to get the look I wanted.

Mark S – I understand wife purchase/build order…..... I think it took me about 3 months to complete mine. (worked on the doors and drawers a little bit each night after work, and as much time on weekends as time permited) The kitchen was only in disamay during the veneering. I only took on as many cabinet sections that I knew that I could finish before Sunday evening. While this type of veneering is ok, it does not give me an execuse to buy / build a new tool (veneer vaccum press). Isn’t that the real goal, build a new project that requires a new tool :-)

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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Mark Shymanski

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#15 posted 08-02-2009 10:12 AM

With this bathroom reno we have been doing we have bought a whack of new tools :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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