Euro style kitchen redo

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Project by DS posted 05-24-2012 11:19 PM 1867 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an Alder kitchen with 32mm European Frameless cabinets. The drawers are dovetailed Baltic Birch drawers on full extension guides. The interior is a Maple thermofused melamine.
The finish is a “smooth coat” finish which is applied after the first sealer/conditioner coat.

Pic 5 is a Bar in the family room. The wine glass holders were cut on my router table with a raised panel cutter.

Not pictured are a 5’ wide floor to ceiling linen and a 5’ wide floor to ceiling pantry done in the same style.

I cut the panels on a rented CNC, outsourced the doors and drawer boxes. Assembled and finished these in my garage. Start to finish was a fairly quick 3 weeks.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#1 posted 05-24-2012 11:28 PM

Nice job!
I like the dark contrasting granite. Gives the entire kitchen nice rich look!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 05-24-2012 11:43 PM

DS thats turned out beautiful ,love that bar,wine glass holders even old John is got a grin fantastic job!

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#3 posted 05-24-2012 11:52 PM

Well done sir. Kitchens are big projects.

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 12:00 AM

look good!!

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 01:03 AM

That is one nice set of cabinets. Very nice. I do believe anyone would be proud to have those in there house.

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 01:09 AM

Looks mighty fine cabinetry, and a good stock o veeno glasses

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#7 posted 05-25-2012 03:30 AM

Looks GREAT to me!


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#8 posted 05-25-2012 04:21 AM

Wow..those are super looking cabinets. Nice job!!............Jim

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#9 posted 05-25-2012 12:11 PM

Nice. Very nice.
That finish looks fantastic. Would you please explain a bit more how you achieved it.

Good job,

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#10 posted 05-25-2012 04:08 PM

Thanks everyone for the compliments.

Steve, the finish was a bit experimental for me. I’d used “smooth coat” finishes before, but I had an interesting objective with this job. (ML Campbell makes a no-wipe stain for this purpose.)

The Client wanted the look of a Maple kitchen, but didn’t have the budget for it. Alder is a more cost effective solution (at least in AZ), but, has a much more pronounced grain.

The goal was to approximate a finish she had seen on a Maple Kitchen, but with Alder wood.
The “smooth coat” process lightens the contrast of the grain without hiding the grain altogether and test samples seemed to acheive the effect she was looking for.

First thing first, was to seal the wood. For this I used a basic vinyl sanding sealer.

Once coated and sanded, I “fogged” the no-wipe stain onto the sealed wood with a cup gun sprayer.
This allows for shading and adjusting the color from piece to piece. When doing this, it is necessary to have a reference sample side by side with your workpiece. Too much and the piece would be too dark. Not enough and it would be too light. It is nice to be able to adjust the color this way.

Once stained, two coats of clear precatalized lacquer finished it off.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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