Parents Pecan Cabinets

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Project by TCCcabinetmaker posted 12-18-2011 06:40 AM 1482 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Before I started doing my own thing, I made these cabinets for my parents, which turned into people going to parties and seeing them, going “I wonder if he can make cabinets for me”.

The pecan came from a pecan tree that was feld by Hurricane Dennis, I think, can’t really remember which one, but it was right before hurrican Ivan. It was cut up and seasoned for 5 years or so, and had alot of pin holes to fill. It was a nightmare to sand, being partially petrified, and needed some of those old world skills in scraping and planing to flatten some of the wider glued up pannels.

I totally re-designed this kitchen because it had alot of weird 45 degree counters that were inefficient and wasted alot of space.

The book case has a hidden drawer stack with tennoned mitre doors that no one will ever see. I carved a single leaf asiatic pattern in it just underneath the top of the bar, this picture really doesn’t show it well though. They wanted an appliance garrage, and an open bookshelf for cook books and so on, which is directly underneath the glass doors. I really hadn’t studied much on those at the time in which I built this, nor do I have the bread box door cutter set anyways, it now has a curtain in front of it. The top drawer fronts with the exception of one were all cut sequentially from the same board, a practice I still use whenever at all possible. The door pannels are birch, and the wood is stained with a fruitwood. The counter tops are a laminate, but like the other customers I have it comes down to the price point, which is also why most of my cabinet jobs have shaker style panneled doors rather than raised pannels, which I do honestly know how to do. This color tends to get repeated often because of the people who have seen this kitchen wanting it to be like this one, “but with a little less character”. Which is why they are often hickory.
The floors and walls have changed colors and they’ve added a blue 1 inch tile backsplash.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#1 posted 12-18-2011 07:15 AM

Nice job, I like the grain matching across the drawer fronts. I think that adds a custom touch.

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