Kitchen cabinets (Wood Family): AKA “The rough years”

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Project by Mstateguy posted 10-09-2018 02:00 AM 405 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first large cabinet project of my tenure as instructor. These were constructed for a fellow teachers lakeside home during a re-model. I think this was my third year teaching as I had shied away from large projects as I tried to get “back in the saddle” of woodworking and trying to grasp classroom management in general. It took several months to complete, we did a series of overheads and L-style bar, and the homeowner chose a Java colored ML Campbell stain. This color was a huge learning curve for me as the high solids content did not yield well to the staining abilities of high schoolers. Constantly needing to keep students busy, as many as 10 students stained these, resulting in 25 different shades haha. Most had to be stripped and restained numerous times which resulted in the discoloration on the doors. Trying to push outside the box of blank plywood doors I decided to go on a limb and do mitered panel doors with biscuit joints. NEVER AGAIN. I took a harsh lesson in the importance of machine setup as none of our corners squared up, and misaligned biscuit slots left better than 1/8” lips in the joints. Needless to say I worked through the summer to get them right before install. Lacquer finish, soft close ball bearing slides, concealed hinges

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#1 posted 10-10-2018 05:24 PM

Nice set of cabinets. They sure must have taken some time to build.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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