My Little Kitchen

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Project by Thuan posted 12-13-2007 06:51 AM 3313 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I remodeled the kitchen from the cork board floor to the birch plywood with poplar cabinets to the concrete counter top. I didn’t have much tools back then, so most the cuts were done by hand with my Japanese hand tools. I did use some power tools and the local retailer ripped the plywood to 2×8’ planks so they will fit in my hatchback. I recently started blogging, you can see more at

-- Thuan

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#1 posted 12-13-2007 07:58 AM

Excellent use of space. Sharp!

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 12-13-2007 11:17 AM

Fun stuff – your blog included – keep it coming!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 12-13-2007 02:48 PM

I really love this kitchen area. I hate wasted spaces and I don’t think you have any!!!! AND it’s beautiful to look at, as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 12-13-2007 02:55 PM

Fantastic job, Thuan. I too, checked out your blogspot and am fascinated with what you can do with so little. Keep up the great work. Here is the link for other Lumberjocks to see.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 12-13-2007 03:35 PM

Nice job!

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

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 12-13-2007 03:40 PM

Looks to me like you do just fine in the living room with hand tools. Very nice.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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dennis mitchell

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#7 posted 12-13-2007 05:03 PM

Nice use of color. I liked you blog also. You are more than welcome to start blogging here…hint, hint!

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#8 posted 12-13-2007 05:04 PM

You did a great job on the kitchen Thaun. I’m in the process of doing the initial design and idea stage of redoing a kitchen that is 35 years old and what you did is very similar to what I was thinking of doing. I like what you did with the wood combinations.

Did you start from scratch with the cabinets or did you use the original cabinets? My cabinets are old but they are all 3/4 inch ply and the shelves are solid wood. They are in reasonably good shape so I hate to waste the wood. I’m trying to get some ideas as to what to do, rebuild or veneer?

-- Wayne, Tennessee Mallard Design

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#9 posted 12-13-2007 07:23 PM

Nice work!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 12-13-2007 07:50 PM

Great looking kitchen! Beautiful work.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 12-13-2007 09:02 PM

Cork baord floor? hmm, I’ll check the blog for more details, like was it sealed?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#12 posted 12-13-2007 09:23 PM

Subarashii…Totemo Kirei…

Very nice work…only one comment, I would make the bottles drawer fences a little bit higher if I know my wife…and I know her…

I can see that you have the Rice cooker and the Hot-pot…before we left Japan and moved to Poland, we bought 2 rice cookers and 2 hot-pots…so convenient…(we have 100V circuits in the house)


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#13 posted 12-13-2007 10:37 PM

This is fantastic execution, Thuan. Great blogspot too. As other’s have noted, we’d all love to see more blogging from you here. :)

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#14 posted 12-13-2007 11:00 PM

Great job – and with so few tools. That’s what’s so great about this woodworking – you really can DO a lot of woodwork without all the expensive stuff and still have a lot of FUN.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 12-13-2007 11:57 PM

Great Job. Welcome.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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