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Project by Wes Giesbrecht posted 02-18-2011 02:23 PM 3440 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small kitchen recently completed.
The clients gave me a more or less free hand other than specifying that they wanted stained oak, to match other woodwork in the house. The small display cabinet is part of covering up a large upright support.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 02:39 PM

interesting…. definitely unique. picture #3 gave me a kink in my neck! lol

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 02:40 PM

That is a real stunner, Wes. Busy yet elegant at the same time. Is it all stained Oak or did you use another wood for the dark sections?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 03:39 PM

beautyfull and wild at the same time done with a great deal of elegance
lot of work you have put into this , nice to hear you still have work to do :-)
it most have been nervewrecking to had been given free hands from the client
on a job you normaly havn´t been done , glad to see you did it

take care

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 04:38 PM

Wes ~ If’n you ask me, that is totally awesome. I have thought all along that your work in particular would lend itself to kitchen cabinetry. I would love to have a holly on holly grid (or some light wood) for my small kitchen. I had been wondering what you were up to since it has been a couple of months since you posted a project. Now I know! I really like your works. ... the paintings on your website are just as remarkable.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 05:58 PM

I like the dark accents – they tie in perfectly with the dark appliances and countertops so the sharp contrast in value isn’t so great. Nice!

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 11:43 PM

Thanks all.
The black accents are wenge.
THe ones on the drawer fronts are inlaid, the panels are done up in 3/16 ply and the one on the island
is actually glued directly onto the gable.
I found the square black knobs at Lee Valley and they’re perfect for it.
I thought that staggering the sizes of the handles like that was a nice touch.

I’ve made lots of doors and I’ve made picture frames but never made mitered corner doors like this before.
The corners have splines in them.

The real challenge came when I went to install the uppers and found out that the measurement on the floor plan I’d been given was wrong by an inch. (Never trust someone else’s measurements or someone else’s tape measure. I know this. It was in the back of my mind while I was building them but I’d forgotten to re-take that particular measurement and took a gamble.)
I had to take the over/fridge cab and shorten it by an inch, but this also meant each door had to be made 1/2” narrower without making the stiles narrower. I cut thru the mitered corners on one side, trimmed the panel and reassembled them with biscuits.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 12:13 AM

wild, beautiful and amazing! great workmanship

-- johndacarpenter

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#8 posted 02-19-2011 03:18 AM

Looking at this again, I see little details in the rooms that indicate the owner’s style – like the geometric art on the wall, the geometric vase on the counter, and the square tile back splash. It just shows how much attention you paid to the whole picture, to tie in the cabinets so well.

I was looking at your awesome paintings and wood collages – fantastic! You’re already using some aniline dye in the wood collages, have you ever tried using the wild colors and doing wood collages that mimic your colorful paintings? I work in the fabric department of a department store, and all I could envision were full size wood “quilts” hanging on the walls of my home! Love your work!

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#9 posted 03-17-2016 01:18 PM

Wes, this is all beautiful work. I love the design and details.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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