Kitchen Cabinets for my Maine camp

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Project by BillG posted 05-19-2010 10:00 PM 2629 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grand father built our camp in 1920, hauling the materials in with horses in the winter. He built it to be a hunting camp. Up till the mid 1960’s we could only get there by boat. Then they extended the logging road and it came within 500 yards of of the camp, up the side of the mountain. Now we could walk in or take the boat. In 2002, my brother and I were able to get a road built down to the camp. As you can imagine doing any major work was difficult to say the least until recently. The old girl was looking really tired and would not survive if a major overhaul was not undertaken. The view from the from porch is spectacular.

With the road, that was now possible. A five year plan was devised and we began work in 2003. We did well and have accomplished nearly all of the planned renovations except the siding. There is a lot of story here, but I am writing this to show you the new kitchen.

There are four base cabinets and four wall cabinets, all 36”wide with two doors and two drawers in the base cabinets and two doors on each wall cabinet. The sink base was 42” wide. I used pre-finished 3/4” maple plywood for the carcasses and shelves. The face frames and drawer fronts are 13/16” jatoba. The raised panel doors have cope and stick joints on the jatoba frames and birds eye maple panels. I used euro hinges for the doors which are 1/2” overlay and full extension accuride guides for the drawers. The drawer boxes are 1/2” baltic birch plywood. The valance and ceiling trim piece are also jatoba. I rubbed on a coat of boiled linseed oil to pull out grain and then sprayed a catylized lacquer on for a finish.

The cabinets were built in two phases, the cases were built first and installed. Once I was sure of the fit, I returned home to build the doors, valance and trim. The counter top is custom laminate with a birds eye maple back splash. I completed it last year (2009). The gas stove will sit just to the left of the sink at a right angle.

They look amazing and are admittedly a bit over the top for a camp. However, it is my camp and I built what I wanted. There are no complaints, except from my wife. “It’s nicer than my kitchen at home.”

Like with many projects, this one took on a life of it’s own and we now have more plans for the place. It should last into the next several generations. Our kids and grand kids love the place. Of course, my brother and I grew up loving it as well as did our dad.

Bill G

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#1 posted 05-19-2010 10:17 PM

uhmmm… yeah…. all I can say is JEALOUS!!!!

Looks great… my wife would complain too.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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#2 posted 05-19-2010 10:34 PM

Wow nice job now what is a camp? does that mean house, log cabin, or what? A camp here is where you sleep in tents or whatever. Or even a namby pamby lady boy type of poofter with a ladies voice coming from a mans body (?) keep me informed please as we are only British and don’t understand the complexities of other parts of the world LOL ?? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 05-19-2010 11:33 PM

I’m with ya Bill on getting carried away with the camp, did my kitchen cabinets with the same intentions in mind. I have the same problem with the wife, cabinets are better then we have at home. By the way, my camp is located in northern VT.

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 05-19-2010 11:42 PM

great story and especially nice looking panels on your cabinets. Going a little over the top for something like this will be something you and your family will never regret. Cheers, Richard

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 02:14 AM

Nice kitchen cabinets.

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 02:47 AM

Wow Bill you’ve done a fantastic job.
The cottage looks peaceful and cozy.
I love the smell of Maine air.
Unless of course you are downwind from a paper mill. Ecckk.
Hope generations to follow love and care for this place as much as you do.
Beautiful work with the cabinets by the way.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 03:01 AM

Looks like a wonderful place very nice cabinets

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 03:12 AM

Beautiful set of cabinets. You did an outstanding job on them. It is nice that you can get up to the camp now a days but how nice it must have been to be able to get away to a secluded spot. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 05-20-2010 03:14 AM

Looking good! Makes me want to get out to my cabin in northern Wisconsin!!!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#10 posted 05-20-2010 03:17 AM

Very nice.

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

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#11 posted 05-20-2010 06:12 AM

The cabinets are fantastic! The story is even better. You are going to have a challenge coming up with something nicer for home … Hope you get to enjoy them for many years!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 05-20-2010 06:15 AM

Wow. I love the jatoba. Stunning contrast with the maple panels. Love it.


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#13 posted 05-20-2010 11:38 AM

Great story and work congrats!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 05-20-2010 12:39 PM

great story, real real nice camp. love the deck too.

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#15 posted 05-20-2010 01:46 PM

Hey Bill, now you only need some hand rails on the porch. I like that house and what you’ve done with it. Great post.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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