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Kitchen Cabinets, Vintage 1974

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 02-28-2007 11:35 PM 2850 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally made a decision about what to post for Project #100, so here it is. I hope you don’t mind looking at some old work.

We did a lot of extensive work on our home in 1968. We rolled
the house to the back of our lot, & had a basement foundation
built. We also added on to the front , & back.

In 1974 we finally got around to getting rid of the old 1940’s
Youngstown Steel cabinets. (Much to Barb’s delight)
Having removed the White Spruce paneling from the walls,
for insulating, I decided to use this material for our new
cabinets. I think I got the idea for raised panels from
Workbench Magazine, which was the only woodworking
magazine I was getting at the time.

I sat down, & drew some plans, & started construction. One
thing about raised panel doors is you don’t need large
boards. I could cut away the nail holes, & cracks, still make
something from it. I had never heard of expansion, or
contraction of wood in panel construction, but they’re still
hanging together after all these years.
You may also notice the stained glass, (plastic) window treatment.

The only power tool I had was my Wards Powercraft Radial
Arm Saw that I bought in in 1965 , for $155. It had a high
speed 25,000 RPM spindle, with shaper, & router
attachments, Real handy.

I bought the custom made counter tops at cost for $150, from
a friend who manufactured them. They had to be custom
built, because the tops on each side of the stove were only 20”
deep.

I hand sanded everything down to 220 grit, then used dark
Walnut stain, with 3 coats of Polyurethane.
I built the knick-nack shelf above the sink cabinet for Barb later on.

She is still in love with her new, (old) cabinets.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 03-01-2007 12:00 AM

oh yah.. saving the best for 100..
Excellent!!

I’m going to have to come back and look again after I go spend some time in my kitchen
Congratulations on the 100 and on this beautiful room

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Don

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#2 posted 03-01-2007 01:58 AM

1974 – that was a good year, Dick. And a nice kitchen.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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cabinetman

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#3 posted 03-01-2007 02:05 AM

Dick

Looks like you did a great job. They still look good today. Raised panels seem to stick around a while. You’ll probably get a laugh outta this but every job I installed, If I did the tear out, I would save the client’s old hardware, hinges, slides, just about anything I could salvage. It was going to the dump anyway – right? So after a while I had a pretty good stock of used hardware. I bet I even have some of those little white knobs you have on the upper cabinets.

Anyway, I would get calls from people looking for replacement hardware and low and behold I would have it. Of course I would charge accordingly. Stuff you wouldn’t think of like the little accessory rollers that mounted to the face frames for drawers to roll on. I had stuff that had been out of production for years. My wife keeps wanting me to pitch most of it. I keep telling her, I should keep it (I’m a pack rat from way back) because you never know!!!`

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 03-01-2007 02:51 AM

I’ve got the same genes, “pack rat” I have hinges, knobs, handles, but when I make something I end up buying new ones. Someday I might use some. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Obi

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#5 posted 03-01-2007 02:57 AM

I just took a close up of the doors. Very nice. Not the fancy router stuff, but looks like you did it on a table saw or did you use the radial arm saw? Thats the work of a true craftsman. Taking what you have, and working it til it becomes what you want. Now are these recent pictures and do they still look this good or are these 1974 pictures?

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#6 posted 03-01-2007 03:01 AM

100 Projects! Wow! Lets see in 1974 I was a sophmore in high school. Congratulation I hope to see 100 more before this year is out. So you can slow down your first 100 only took 9 months to post.

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#7 posted 03-01-2007 03:30 AM

1974, I was a Senior in High School….Great looking cabinets, Dick

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX - www.sawhorseworkshop.com

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#8 posted 03-01-2007 04:31 AM

In 1974…. nevermind ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#9 posted 03-01-2007 04:38 AM

Timeless Dick …Timeless. congrats on number 100

-- Dusty

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 03-01-2007 05:34 AM

Thanks Jocks.
Those pictures where taken this morning. I took a series of images, & stitched them together for a panoramic view. The wonders of this digital age. I didn’t enhance the images to make them look better, that’s the way they look.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 03-03-2007 06:49 PM

Here are some more images.

Cabinet end shelf, showing turnings.

Door above stove, & turnings. I put foil behind it to show light.

View of Diamond latice window dressing, the window tilts forward.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#12 posted 09-05-2011 05:29 PM

Dick & Barb:
Very nice kitchen!

Great job!

I love it!

Are those bricks real? If not, what kind are they?

Everything is SO COOL!

Sorry (not really) for the post… But, You opened the door with a Link to it… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 09-05-2011 05:45 PM

Thank you Joe!

The bricks are paneling made by Georgia Pacific. I think they still make it. It’s very durable,

& easy to clean. It’s also very cost effective.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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matermark

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#14 posted 10-02-2014 12:50 AM

How thick are those doors? That horizontal door above the old-style oven, the lower rail/stile looks like much of the woodwork in my house, it was built in the 1920’s I think. I thought it was ash or heart pine, I think mine has orange shellac on most doorways.

-- So economically handicapped I'm strictly on a strictly strict budget...

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