Cherry Kitchen with hand carvings

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Project by Les Hastings posted 02-12-2008 04:54 AM 3111 views 12 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We did this kitchen about 15 years ago or so. Its all out of cherry, all surfaces were hand scrapped. Moldings were lightly hand chased. This was and still is one of my favorite projects that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of.

The two basket of flower carvings took me around 80 hours a piece, they were my own design.

This project was done not to long after I did the western table. These were my first to attempts at flower carvings of any kind and I haven’t done any more like them since. Both carvings are 3” in depth at there deepest point, they came out of a 4” thick chunck of cherry.

They are a little tattered but I still have the orginal patterns that I drew.


-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 02-12-2008 04:57 AM

Awesome again. Can I come be your shop sweep?

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

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#2 posted 02-12-2008 05:06 AM

Absolutely beautiful work!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#3 posted 02-12-2008 05:07 AM

Wow those are some wonderful cabinets,I applaud such fantastic work!

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#4 posted 02-12-2008 05:09 AM

So about those curved doors…. :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 02-12-2008 05:18 AM

Superb workmanship, bravo!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#6 posted 02-12-2008 05:57 AM

Well i am certainly blown away by this one. magnificent detail work. I would have loved to been a fly on the wall watching this be built. WOW!

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 02-12-2008 06:15 AM

New Lumberjock motto: Les is more!

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

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#8 posted 02-12-2008 06:54 AM

That’s one of the most beautiful kitchens I’ve ever seen! Awesome work. What did you use as a finish? Did you use a stain/dye, or has it darkened that much naturally?

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#9 posted 02-12-2008 07:37 AM

Great looking cabinets and carving!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 02-12-2008 12:08 PM

wow! this is great and neatly, i like the finishes.

-- Bong

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#11 posted 02-12-2008 12:38 PM

Ummm…just Wow. I’m still waiting to see some aspect of woodworking you suck at. Somehow though, I think I’ll be waiting a long, long time ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#12 posted 02-12-2008 12:58 PM

the baskets are gorgeous and amazing
the overall room…............. stunning

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 02-12-2008 12:59 PM

Les, that is absolutely beautiful! I really like the carving you did on it. Well worth spending my 3000th post on!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 02-12-2008 01:26 PM

holy smokes! Now that is sweet. Incredible work Les.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#15 posted 02-12-2008 01:56 PM


You really know how to hurt a guy. I happened to looking at this and my wife wandered by. Unfortunately I didn’t minimize the screen quick enough and she immediately wanted to know why we couldn’t build something like this. (Sometimes I question her judgment but not where she can hear me). We are planning a kitchen remodel this year and I really wish she hadn’t seen this (she has no qualms about spending money and, trust me, is a very high maintenance woman). Now you have given her a wealth of ideas.

Surely there has to be some balance in life as Tomcat suggests. How about posting a picture of a mis-cut piece or something just to show us that you are capable of making a mistake.

Seriously this project is absolutely gorgeous. I can see why it is one of your favorites and the carvings add such rich detail to the overall project. You should do more of these. You are one talented woodworker.

Thanks for sharing. You made my day with this one.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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