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Have some cabinets that i bought used for my kitchen remodel, but have to make a couple pieces to match them. I just studied how the used ones were made and made a corner cabinet and a sink cabinet. Still in progress. Learned one thing though.. build big corner cabinets in the room and not on carport. Saves the hastle of putting it together twice. Pocket holes!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"





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reedwood

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 04:19 PM

Justin,
I too love to recycle construction leftovers and used wood whenever possible.

My own house was remodeled with about 80% used materials such as framing, beams, windows, front door, oak floors, recessed cans, interior trim and some of the cabinets. I remodel homes so I come across lots of good stuff. If I can’t use it or find a friend/ neighbor in need, I will donate it to Habitat for Humanity.

With only one picture to look at it’s hard to see exactly what you have planned but I must say, I have some concerns. May I share?

I suppose you haven’t finished the drywall yet which is why it is missing behind the cabinet on an outside wall. I will assume you plan to remove the cabinets shown and finish the drywall including at least a coat of primer to seal the tape joints and drywall. Pretty important step that won’t take that long to do.

Are you burying a window behind a cabinet? Why? This is a really bad idea.

However, I have done it once before due to historical requirements on a 200 yr old mansion we remodeled. We made a 6” wide pocket in to the cabinet that was only about a foot deep to the sill, plus the back of the cabinet was finished (painted white) for view from outside. The granite counter was notched around the window well.

Is there any way you can shorten this window or move it? It will effect everything else like the back splash.
Stuff (dead flies, pencils, fungus food) will accumulate down there and it will never look right. Spend the money now to do it right if possible and you will never regret it.

Why are you assembling this corner cabinet in place? If you had started with the corner cabinet (cabinet instalation – step one) you could have easily built the cabinet in the carport and dropped in place, check floor for level, find the high spot and level everything from that spot (or scribe the base of the cabinet.)

Have you looked online or asked a carpenter about installing and building a corner cabinet? Do you have a scaled drawing? It’s not an easy cabinet to build as it seems you are finding out.
It has to support the c top and accomodate the lazy suzan hardware. You Are putting in a lazy suzan- right? It is the best way to access all that wasted space. The hardware will have directions and reqiurements. I know a shelf would be easier to do but if you’re married, I bet I know what she would prefer.

Electrical: some codes require outlets approx. every 2 1/2 ft of counter in a kitchen. I’m not sure if this is the case in Kentucky but I thought I’d mention it seeing how the walls are open. Also, might be a good time to think about a coax/ tel. line next to an outlet in the corner for a small kitchen TV or a land based answering machine/phone.

Interesting (bummer) that the cabinet on the right doesn’t have a drawer – do you have a plan for that like a pullout garbage can? If you are making other doors and cabinet parts you might want to consider cutting down the existing flat panel? doors and add a matching drawer above. Drawers are so important in a small kitchen.

BTW – as if you can’t tell, I’m good at spending other people’s money, HA! Hey! Stainlees Steel Oven! – Ka ching!

I wish I could see the rest of the kitchen to get a better idea as to what the overall plan is. Need more pictures. Very curious as to how it all turns out and, I admire your gumption to tackle a big project. Please follow up with new photos when it’s done!

Good effort!

Ps – woodworking on a boat – now that is something I’ve never done before. That must be cool.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 04:33 PM

Thanks for the advice and questions. I am nowhere near finished, this pic was taken after i had got the rough dimensions set on this cabinet and i was test fitting. Im reusing old cabinets, i removed from another house, but i had to make this corner one and one for the sink to fit my application. I didnt mention the door from carport to kitchen is only 28 inches wide. The window is getting knocked out and a whole lot more is being done. Ill soon be putting up a project/blog covering this. I basically have ripped this room down to nothing and putting it back together. Now that i have a forum to display such things maybe i can get some good advice and i will get this project done. I have plenty of projects going on. Oh btw i have no wife, so im my own boss.. though i occasionally call my sister or mother over for advice on what they would want.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 04:45 PM

Basically the whole thing is on standstill at the moment, due to that windoe. I have recently removed a new window from another demo job that will be mounted above the counters. The ealls are not finished cause i cant finish electric till other things get fixed. Lookin at the project now i kinda wished i had left i.t to a contractor

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#4 posted 06-02-2012 12:43 PM

Justin,
Hang in there, you’re doing fine.
Half the fun of remodeling is discovering how to do it yourself. It’s not rocket science by a long shot. The secret is to read online and get advice from a pro and have a scaled drawing. And realize, mistakes will still happen and they can always be fixed.

Take your time, it’s your house. I’ve been working on my kitchen off and on for 15 years and I’m just now getting around to building the cherry cabinets.

Glad to hear the window is being moved. I had a feeling the picture didn’t tell the whole story.

As far as not having a wife yet…..well, you might have to finish this kitchen if you want to find a wife that likes to cook! Ha!

Good luck with that!

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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#5 posted 06-02-2012 07:20 PM

Its been an interesting ride for sure. I get off work next week and hope to get back at it,ill take some more pics and update then, trying to do such on my so-called smart phone is like pounding my head ahainst a brick wall.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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