8 year kitchen project

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Project by Ger21 posted 11-19-2009 02:55 AM 3097 views 4 times favorited 33 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 11-19-2009 02:58 AM

Wow Gerry
Very very nice outstanding cabinets great work.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 03:00 AM

very nice…great work..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 03:00 AM

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 11-19-2009 03:00 AM

Nice work!

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 03:02 AM

Absolutly beautiful!

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

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 03:04 AM

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 11-19-2009 03:06 AM

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 11-19-2009 03:09 AM

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 11-19-2009 03:15 AM

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 11-19-2009 03:28 AM

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 11-19-2009 03:33 AM

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 11-19-2009 03:45 AM

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 11-19-2009 03:53 AM

Certainly Wood.

My local Rockler stocks it in hardwood.

-- Gerry,

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#14 posted 11-19-2009 04:50 AM

Great job, very impressive!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#15 posted 11-19-2009 05:01 AM

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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