The Kitchen started it all

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Project by Russel posted 08-14-2007 02:34 AM 1810 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A cheap table saw, an even cheaper router table, a reasonable jigsaw and no clue as to what I was getting into. Thus was my introduction to woodworking. In the four years since, I learned how much I don’t know and eventually, I’ll have a clue.

My sons wanted a family business so we sat down to talk about what we could do. My boys are rough carpenters and I have been programming computers for thirty-odd years. Not a lot in common there, but it was decided to do it anyway. In order to determine if the family was able to work together, it was decided to remodel my kitchen. At this point in time, there is no family business, but there is a new kitchen.

I took a bunch of measurements and studied how the existing cabinets were made and then went and bought a bunch of red oak. While the boys were demolishing the kitchen and putting up new drywall and plumbing I was busy making cabinets and trim. A before and after picture seems to indicate that things turned out pretty good.

After that adventure, I just knew I could do better so I’ve been practicing with a view toward learning as much as I can.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 08-14-2007 02:57 AM

Wow! Nice overhaul of the kitchen. It looks great.

Did you really make those cabinet doors with a cheap table saw and router. If so, you are good. Very nice work!

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

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#2 posted 08-14-2007 08:13 AM

Forget about the family business-start your own. Good work.

-- rb1

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#3 posted 08-14-2007 08:58 AM

Very nice cabinets. I’d say you turned this very brave venture into a success.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 08-14-2007 12:54 PM

wow.. well done! you must be very proud.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 08-14-2007 01:08 PM

Thanks for your comments. Had I known what I was about to do I would have never done it, but ignorance is bliss and causes you to do all kinds of things you didn’t know you could. As for tools and materials, I used a $99 Ryobi table saw, a $99 Ryobi router table and router, a Bosch jigsaw and about $1,200 in red oak boards.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Bob Babcock

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#6 posted 08-14-2007 01:09 PM

Nicely done…....but don’t tell the boss. She’s been bugging me about making over our kitchen.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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Bob Babcock

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#7 posted 08-14-2007 01:18 PM

Russel… broke the Universal Laws of Woodworking. Looking at the cabinets I’d conservatively estimate that to have them made for you would have been $5000 at a minimum. Given that figure and the cost of the oak you should have bought at least $1000 in tools to do the job. Please remember that for the future. It will make it difficult for the rest of us to sneak in…..eer,uum,....include the additional necessary tools to complete our next project.

Remember the simple formula.
Cost of material + cost of tools = 1/2 Estimated cost to purchase

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 08-14-2007 01:27 PM

Sorry. Though I must admit I’m fortunate when it comes to tools. My wife will watch woodworking shows with me and when a specific tool is used she’ll ask, “Do you have one of those?” or “Couldn’t you use that?” So, I’m pretty free to get what I need or want so long as the bank account agrees. That’s the real problem.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 08-14-2007 02:56 PM

Great set of cabinets, & showing people you don’t need thousands of dollars worth of equipment to do it.

I did my cabinets with a $175 radial arm saw, but now I’ve been upgrading ever since.

Like Bob said, you better start upgrading now.

You have to start somewhere though.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 08-14-2007 03:36 PM

Wow what a project to start with! Nice job Russel.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 08-15-2007 08:07 AM

Great looking kitchen!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 08-19-2007 12:13 PM

I just saw your work what a transformation, it looks great

-- Jeff B.

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#13 posted 06-02-2009 08:54 PM

Real nice cabinets Russell! Hey, can you recommend either metal or pvc for ducting in the shop? I’m still having difficulty choosing.


-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#14 posted 06-02-2009 09:04 PM

Thanks Paul. Unfortunately I am no help on ducting for the shop. My shop lack the circuits to run my dust collector while running my tools so it’s not connected to anything. When it was connected I was using PVC.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#15 posted 06-02-2009 09:23 PM

Russel Those are some great looking kabinets. Nice job on them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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