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Project by Lee A. Jesberger posted 07-30-2007 12:34 AM 3260 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We often do kitchens. Sometimes they are very challenging. Sometimes they are easy. This was an easy one, except the client, (wife), didn’t know what she wanted. Compounding the problem, both the husband and wife are Greek, and weren’t comfortable with their english.

My wife is Greek also, so I took her with me to translate. When I could get the women to stop talking about who knows what, I was able to get some details.

It ended up with her letting us do pretty much whatever we wanted, so long as the wood was a light color, and we stayed within her budget.

We cut the wall between the dining room and kitchen and installed a breakfast counter, with cabinet below. This made the kitchen appear to be twice as big.

The cabinets are European style, meaning no face frames. The advantage of this is they allow larger access to the interiors of the cabinets.

All the cabinet box parts are 3/4 inch furniture grade maple plywood. The upper cabinets have low voltage task lighting mounted to the underside of them. (we build a light rail on the bottom of our upper cabinets, to hide the lights).

All of the doors are built with matching face veneers, as are the back panels, under the breakfast bar.
While they look like raised panel doors, they’re not. The panels are 1/4 inch Maple plywood, with the edges edge banded, mounted to 1/4 inch maple plywood. All the stiles and rails are maple.

We were fortunate that the sheets of plywood were matched, so we took advantage of that. I can’t remember exactly how we attached the panels together, but it’s been about ten years, so I guess we did it well. (maybe it was 16 penny nails, bent over on the inside) LOL

The refrigerater cabinet was built for a smaller frige, due the small size of the room, but they went and bought a larger one, so the fit is kind of tight.

The base of the phone stand next to the frige has a vent routed into it for the heat register. We also strayed from the normal soffit so we could put accent lights above each cabinet door.

We also replaced the trim around the doors and window with maple, as well as trimmed out the opening we created.

The countertops are granite.

They turned out to be a very nice couple, and were very happy with the new kitchen.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 07-30-2007 02:51 AM

hahaha laughin’ at the Greek translator getting side tracked :)

beautiful kitchen.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 07-30-2007 03:19 AM

Lee, I liked the idea of using the wooden soffit for the lighting. It kinda made the cabinets because without it they would just be cabinets. Thanks for sharing!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 07-30-2007 06:26 AM

Hi Debbie,

Yeah, go figure.

Thanks.

Lee

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 07-30-2007 06:27 AM

Hi Roger;

Agreed, they make it different.

Thanks;

Lee

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#5 posted 07-30-2007 02:38 PM

Lee,
It’s always a pleasure to view your work – you are truly a gifted craftsman!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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oscorner

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#6 posted 07-30-2007 04:17 PM

Nice work!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-30-2007 08:18 PM

Tom, thank you for the kind words.

Lee

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 07-30-2007 08:18 PM

Thank You Os!

Lee

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Karson

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#9 posted 07-30-2007 08:54 PM

Lee another great project. You use these between the fill-in for the big jobs.

-- 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 07-31-2007 02:18 AM

Karson,

We do a fair amount of projects that are small. Just stay busy, that’s the plan.

There are times when smaller jobs are kind of nice.

Thanks for the kind words,

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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mot

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#11 posted 07-31-2007 07:08 PM

Up to your usual exemplary standard, Lee! Thanks for posting this!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Thos. Angle

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#12 posted 08-01-2007 03:04 AM

Yeah, I’m gone for a couple days and you start posting projects. Well, there is something great about a nice clean well done set of cabinets. My son-in-law and I were really pround not long ago when we finished a counter top with all perfect corners. The rest of it looked great but we were proud of the corners!! This kitchen is a great example of how simple and well done can be just great!!! thanks for the look, Lee.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 08-01-2007 07:18 AM

Hi Tom;

I thank you;

Lee

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 08-01-2007 07:19 AM

Hi Thomas;

Thank you for the kind words;

Lee

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#15 posted 04-08-2008 12:56 AM

Thats funny i married a greek woman too . lol My kids are greek , swiss and Irish

Beautiful work Lee !!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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