Hickory Kitchen for the In-Laws

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Project by Phred posted 1248 days ago 2257 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a Hickory Kitchen I built for my In-laws. Finish is a coat of Shellac, and 3 coats of WB Poly. Only thing missing is the corner door (Which.. was made 1/2” to big.. don’t know what measuring stick I was using that day.. ) Kick Plate under the cabinets, and a panel to cover the cabinet side above the fridge. Also did a row of cabinets for the Laundry room as well.

-- But honey.. this new power tool will pay for itself when we re-do the kitchen!

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#1 posted 1248 days ago

This came out very nice. Hickory has a reputation of being difficult to work with. Did you find that to be the case? How did you cope?

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#2 posted 1248 days ago

Not too bad.. it’s very hard.. My sharpening bill was pretty good, I found the tear out on the raised panels to be bad, but I think it was due to my raised panel bit being a little dull, I had to make quite a few passes.. It seems to like to burn, especially with a router bit, or while crosscutting, I jammed up my 1 HP Unisaw pretty good (the Hickory like to pinch the blade on cross cut, first time I’ve worked with a wood like that) Only good side is that my brother sure appreciated the scraps for his smoker!

-- But honey.. this new power tool will pay for itself when we re-do the kitchen!

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#3 posted 1248 days ago

Phred You hit working with the hickory on the head. I made a bathroom vanity and had the same encounters. I would work with it again in a heartbeat though. I plan on making two more cabinets for the bathroom when time permits. Yours looks great though nice job.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#4 posted 1247 days ago

Nice looking Kitchen.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 1247 days ago


Your in-laws must be delighted. The cabinets look great.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 1247 days ago

I love hickory! And I bet you are now the son-in-law of choice! Lovely kitchen!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#7 posted 1247 days ago

Beautiful kitchen. I prefer wood witha a clear finish. Great choice of wood.

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

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#8 posted 1247 days ago

Looks great!!! You have to be careful showing the in-laws what you can do, otherwise you’ll be over there all the time! I think it would look even better if they added a tile backsplash. My mother-in-law has been saying she wants me to help her redo her kitchen for years. Thankfully she’s not ready to commit the money just yet, so that gives me some more time to improve my skills before taking on a big project like that!

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#9 posted 1244 days ago

Great work, love the use of grain and the fact that you did raised panels on the sides of the cabinets. I feel it looks so much more classy. I tend to look at the pic’s first before reading the info. While looking at the pics I was wondering why would they leave the center open like that? The I read your explanation, I can honestly say I fell your pain. It amazes me sometimes, “on where did I get those measurements from? ” very well done your now evenmore of a star with the in-laws LOL

I agree tumbled stone backsplash would be great and easy to pull off in a weekend. But that means mmore work for you…. LOL

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

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#10 posted 1244 days ago

Didn’t leave the centre open, I made the door 1/2” too big, Just wasn’t in this picture. I plan on taking new pictures the next time I go out. Also missing the toe kick ;)

-- But honey.. this new power tool will pay for itself when we re-do the kitchen!

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#11 posted 1244 days ago

I’ve got a stack of hickory waiting on a project & this is good info for me. All the cabinets in my home are hickory but I didn’t make a single one of them. I’m thankful for this post.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 994 days ago

I have always wanted to build the cabinets for my kitchen, and Hickory is such a beautiful wood. This kitchen is wonderful. I hope when I make cabinets for the kitchen, they will look 1/2 as nice.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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