|Project by BillG||posted 05-19-2010 10:00 PM||2553 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
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 - West Springfield, MA