8 year kitchen project

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Project by Ger21 posted 1742 days ago 2758 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been working on my kitchen for about 8 years now, and am finally about 98% finished. just need to add the soffits and crown molding.

All the cabinets are 3/4” birch plywood. Doors are flame birch veneer on MDF with 1/8” birch edges. Finish is aniline dye and water based polyurethane.

I didn’t take any pics, but there are 23 dovetailed drawers made with a router table and Incra fence. Most of the drawers were made from recycled 3/4” solid tongue and groove birch wall paneling.

Backsplash is brushed aluminum laminate on 1/2” MDF, glued up like a checkerboard. The aluminum was 30” x 30” scraps I’ve had for about 10 years. Glued them up, cut into 4” strips with alternating grain directions, cut again into 4” strips, and glue back together. There’s a biscuit at every joint, every 4”.

It’s taken so long, I’ve already replaced the tile floor I did right before I started.

-- Gerry,

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#1 posted 1742 days ago

Wow Gerry
Very very nice outstanding cabinets great work.

-- Custom furniture

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Dan Hux

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#2 posted 1742 days ago

very nice…great work..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 1742 days ago

Wow. Those are some beautiful cabinets. I love that veneer and the finish you put on them. Great job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 1742 days ago

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 1742 days ago

Absolutly beautiful!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#6 posted 1742 days ago

That aluminum back splash looks great!! Got any more pics of it?

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#7 posted 1742 days ago

labor of love , for sure !

what do you plan when you get back ,
from your world tour ?

excelent work !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 1742 days ago

Very nice work.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#9 posted 1742 days ago

Beautiful job. That is some gorgeous veneer.

When I read “8 years” my first thought was that by the time you finish it will be time to start over. Then I read the last part about replacing the floor. lol.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 1742 days ago

I’ve also had to replace the garbage disposal, microwave, and dishwasher motor. All appliances were new when I started. They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to.

The camera flash really brings out the figure in the wood. It’s much more subtle in person, but does look like the pics in morning and late evening.

Thanks for the compliments, btw.

-- Gerry,

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#11 posted 1742 days ago

Gorgeous kitchen! The backsplash and birch compliment each other very well. Great job!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#12 posted 1742 days ago

I love the grain on that flame birch wood veneer. I’ve never even heard of that. Where did you get it.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#13 posted 1742 days ago

Certainly Wood.

My local Rockler stocks it in hardwood.

-- Gerry,

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#14 posted 1742 days ago

Great job, very impressive!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#15 posted 1742 days ago

Quality…... You can’t miss it when it’s right in front of your face. I recognize time and effort, and there was plenty here. Excellent work with the grain matching, and I’m a big fan of solid edging myself. It takes more effort but well worth it. Solid edges ding not chip. How do you do them? I cut them about an 1/8th big and setup a router table to run them vertically. And I always climb cut when dealing with grain like birch.

Nice kitchen

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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