|Project by DHS||posted 11-29-2015 03:45 AM||1249 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
It has been more than a year since I posted a project. And, this is the reason. It is sometimes surprising how long a project will take. I remodeled this kitchen from floor to ceiling. Photo two shows the original kitchen complete with painted, deteriorating plywood cabinets. Good motivation for a kitchen remodel. When I began the project >3 years ago(!), my late wife and I planned the kitchen together. She liked the simple, clean look of Shaker-style cabinets. I liked that I was able to purchase most of the cherry at a great price following an auction in my home town of Bellingham. Sadly, my wife had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and although I was able to finish and show her some completed doors, the illness took her faster than anyone expected and she never saw the completed project.
During the following year, I worked on this project off-and-on. I would make a few doors, drawer fronts or end panels, which I could easily store in my shop. But I was no longer in a hurry. Then, a little more than a year later, something else unexpected happened. I met Margaret. Magaret was awesome. Margaret really appreciated woodworking. Margaret preferred craftsman-style to Shaker style. (Oh no!) But, we worked that out and six months later we were engaged. I raced to complete the kitchen in time for the wedding. I completed the installation of the base cabinets, range, granite countertop and one set of upper cabinets before the big day. Margaret had a working kitchen. And, during the first year or so of our marriage I managed to complete the rest of the cabinetry, tile, and painting. Whew!
The details: Base cabinets are birch plywood with figured cherry trim, doors, drawer fronts and end panels. (Really cool cherry purchased by by next-door neighbor at an auction who then sold it to me at a great price.) Upper cabinets are also birch plywood with cherry doors. The doors have flat solid-wood panels with rails and styles connected by draw-bored mortise and tenon joints. I cut the panels from 8/4 stock and resawed matching panels for all similarly-sized doors. Doors on the window side have reeded glass panels. The drawer boxes are dovetailed maple. I finished the cherry with hand-rubbed shellac top coated with Waterlox varnish. Photos: Picture 1 is of the completed kitchen. Pic 2 is the old kitchen from the same vantage point. Pic 3 shows the range side. Pic 4 shows the sink side, the drawers, and my dog Kumo. Pic 5 shows the upper cabinets, backsplash tile and a stainless backsplash of two Chinook salmon (Margaret and me) made by a local artist. Pic 6 shows a false window transom above the kitchen sink with stained-glass panels that match the backsplash tile.
-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA