Knotty Alder Kitchen

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Project by Tobes posted 08-05-2012 06:14 PM 4653 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I worked on the plans for our house I struck up a deal with the wifey. She said she would make me fresh tortillas and salsa all the time if I built her the kitchen of her dreams. Well… I get the salsa most of the time but the tortillas are Costco or southside Tucson which is the next best thing to homemade. I can’t complain though, this kitchen is as much for me as it is for her. I have to have a place to sit and watch her make her tasty tamales, chili verde, pasole’, etc… Oh alright, my friends know me for my thick crust pizza, and shredded beef barbacoa.
Anyway, (whiping chin with napkin) about the kitchen:

Spanish Colonial/ Hacienda style Knotty Alder cabinets. Since I love to carve I had to throw some of that into the design. (Corbels, end panels and hood cabinet.)
All cabinets have soft close doors, with full extention ball bearing roll-out shelves behind them. Halogen under cabinet lighting(thinking to replace it with LED lighting).
Bar stools aren’t much to look at. Sorry, I’ll build some nicer ones when the grandkids get a little older…

-- Tobes, AZ

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#1 posted 08-05-2012 07:15 PM

This is fantastic. My kitchen is just good old red oak. Like it all. Can you post some more pictures so I can admire it somemore. I’m sure this kitchen is the talk of the neighbor hood.

-- But I did measure it twice and cut it three time and it still is to short!

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#2 posted 08-05-2012 07:20 PM

Beautiful, Beautiful work,
Truly A Master Craftsman, Nice Job!
Sounds like lots of good eating There!!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#3 posted 08-05-2012 09:54 PM

Can’t let fiance see! Can’t let fiance see!

Great job. That’s amazing work.

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#4 posted 08-05-2012 11:59 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful kitchen, great craftsmanship. The carvings are super.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 08-06-2012 01:28 AM

Color me green with envy ! So nice !! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 08-06-2012 02:14 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments! I added a couple more pics of my wife and grandaughter mixing the masa for the tamales. The backsplash is travertine and the mural are tiles I made and fired in my Raku kiln.

-- Tobes, AZ

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#7 posted 08-06-2012 03:40 AM

Absolutely beautiful. A terrific job. I am not going to show this to my wife . Ever.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 08-06-2012 12:05 PM

Great looking cabinets. I just replaced our Halogen with LED’s we like it, not hot either. Bought them on line.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 08-06-2012 02:19 PM

Beautiful i love the alder and the carvings.

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#10 posted 08-06-2012 02:30 PM

That could be the most beautiful and unique kitchen I’ve ever laid eyes on.
Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 08-06-2012 04:41 PM

Wow wow wow, so beautiful that I won’t let my wife toasting bread.
Very very nice work!
Did you do it alone?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 08-06-2012 10:16 PM

That is absolutely a dream kitchen. Great job my kind of kitchen.

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#13 posted 08-07-2012 04:13 PM

Holy Awesome Kitchen Batman~

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#14 posted 08-08-2012 04:54 AM

WOW! What a wonderful kitchen! And what makes it even more impressive is that it actually gets used!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 06-03-2013 05:09 AM

Just came across this and had to comment on your work. It is stunning! You are certainly talented at carving and building. I’d come over to make nachos in this kitchen. Great work.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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