Kitchen cabinets Part 1, a work in progress.

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Project by Martyroc posted 02-05-2012 03:30 AM 1699 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so here’s the Story. When we moved in to our house, (major fixer upper, we lived elsewhere until a month and a half after we purchased it to make it livable, another story for a later time). Kitchen needed to be remodeled, since we had books on the counter top holding the upper cabinets up. So we started on the kitchen once we did all the other necessary work. Because of my job I travel a lot and lose plenty of building time but we need a kitchen. So we start to rip everything out, now we have food, dishes appliances and everything else that belongs in the kitchen everywhere but the kitchen. The cabinets are hung only because I don’t have enough space in my workshop, (garage) to keep them all there, plus we get the benefit of having something to use temporarily. So I build it and temporarily hang it, no sense in leveling or squaring it with the walls, its all coming down to be finished anyway. I used Maple because of its durability and hardness, plus it routes very nicely. The cabinets will be finished with a mix of antique red, (Water Based), then when fully dried,(24hrs), Cabernet (Gel stain), and then several coats of sprayed lacquer. You will not really be able to see the grain so I use the different colored Gel stain to give it a little definition.

Here are the pictures, not in any real order.

#1 Wall Cabinets with unfinished doors

#2 Base Cabinets without doors or Face frames

#3 3 Drawer base cabinet, (Drawers are recycled Lumber from my basement wall coverings)

#4 Range cabinet and cutting board cabinet, (notice height of range cabinet to match with Counter top when range is installed, also food everywhere

#5 Upper fridge cabinet and Pantry, (Made upper cabinet same depth as Refrigerator, I cook a lot and have just as many tools in the kitchen as I do in the workshop, so I like have the extra depth).

#6 Finished cabinet door for large wall oven cabinet, (so family could see finish, that cabinet still in the garage, currently holding some of my woodworking tools and extension cords).

One last note, I have used maple before and never stained it dark since I like the look with just a natural stain or a few coats of varnish. Not remembering how tight the pores are on maple and trying to get the color we want without doing 50 coats was not pleasant. I decided to water pop the wood, the same way to get a good dark stain on maple flooring. I only needed two coats with water based stain and not sanding it with too fine of a grit.

Comments, questions & helpful advice are always welcome:)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 03:39 AM

Looks like a good job

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 02:20 AM

i remember when i did my kitchen it a lot if hard work,you kitchen build looks great

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 05:04 AM

Thanks Eddie, I ran out of Lumber, so I am at a stand still, I have many other household projects I am working on so I have plenty to keep me busy and the wife has a place to put food and dishes so I am ok for now.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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