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Project by GaryL posted 10-12-2010 03:02 PM 3322 views 25 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this kitchen last year. It is in an old federal style house built in the 1870’s. The homeowner wanted an old handcrafted looking kitchen, not a modular cabinet look. The island is built all as one unit and all faceframes are one pc. with no butted together stiles. All the walnut for the tops had been harvested from the homeowners property five years previously and slabbed and stacked. I did add some walnut plywood strips mixed into the island top to try and mimimize some of the movement. All the ends of the tops were breadboarded with a finnish birch ply spline. The client finished the tops with a mineral oil/beeswax mix. The walnut backsplashes did not have this treatment at the time of the photo. The cabinets were sprayed with MagnaLac pigmented lacquer. The cabinet materials were a mix of melamine, MDF, and poplar.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 03:13 PM

Wow! First class work.

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

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CiscoKid

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 03:25 PM

Very nice work!

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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dakremer

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 03:48 PM

that looks awesome! That center island is amazing – great work

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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BillyJ

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 03:49 PM

That is an awesome kitchen. I really like the walnut counter tops. You did a great job on the cabinets, too.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 10-12-2010 04:31 PM

What a great looking kitchen. The cabinets look great and the finish is flawless. The drawer pull add just enough to off set the white. The door knobs I’m on the fence about, but I would be proud of that build if I were you!

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

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GaryL

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#6 posted 10-12-2010 04:45 PM

Jorge..Solid 1 1/4” walnut. Did not have enough material to get rid of the sapwood, so showed the client a dry clamp-up, and she loved it with a bit of sapwood mixed in. Laminated a pc. of 3/4 walnut ply to a pc. of 1/4 ply and ripped it to 6’ planks to add into the island. Ripping it made the plywood section look like another pc of solid material added to the glue-up.
Ken…I’m with you,client picked out the hardware…”customer is always right”..but not always..lol

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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ND2ELK

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#7 posted 10-12-2010 05:14 PM

Nice looking kitchen. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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GaryL

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#8 posted 10-12-2010 05:21 PM

andrew..the top by the the sink is soapstone, the rest is solid wood with the exception of the island as explained earlier.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Abbott

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#9 posted 10-12-2010 05:47 PM

Those countertops look great. They also make the painted boxes look good. I really like the island design.

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

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GaryL

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#10 posted 10-12-2010 06:23 PM

Barry…She has a few minor blemishes on it with a years worth of use, but surprisingly it is holding up well. She realizes it is a high maintenance top and re-oils it regularly. I wanted to put a clearcoat on it for a more durable finish, but this is the route she decided on.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Puupaja

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#11 posted 10-12-2010 07:02 PM

Really nice style and your work is so good..

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Ryan

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#12 posted 10-12-2010 08:29 PM

Very nicely designed kitchen and good cratmanship too.
It’s going to be a high maintenance job having oiled couter top, but
the natural feeling of wood pays for the work.

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RexMcKinnon

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#13 posted 10-12-2010 08:54 PM

Very nice kitchen. It was a great idea to use something other than walnut near the sink. My brother in law has a maple counter top treated with danish oil and it is 2 years old and starting to split around the sink.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#14 posted 10-13-2010 04:38 AM

WOW. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Did I mention I love it!

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EzJack

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#15 posted 10-13-2010 06:48 AM

looking good
I live in Marine city, neighbor.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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