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Project by Clint Searl posted 11-14-2012 05:32 PM 7383 views 12 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our home included an inlaw suite that we converted to an office complex. I remodeled this galley kitchen by gutting and making new lower cabinets, replacing the space for a refrigerator on the right with new cabinets, and adding a mini fridge and microwave. All the new cabinets are solid wood face frames on ply boxes, painted with oil based enamel. The inset drawer faces and panel door frames are raw tung oil finished Paulownial from a tree I harvested, and the door panels are 1/8” white plexi veneered with pages from antique Japanese temple ledger books, protected with waterborne poly.

Thanks for looking.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 05:38 PM

Very interesting cabinets, I Like it….. The Japanese temple ledger writing really sets the mood….. I enjoyed looking at all your projects…....

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 11-14-2012 05:43 PM

These are great-looking cabinet doors! I really like the Japanese temple ledger writing!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 11-14-2012 05:54 PM

Thanks for sharing, this is a great and unique project.
Wouldn’t you be mad if the temple ledger writing was just a shopping list!
Eggs, rice, water chestnuts…

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 11-14-2012 05:56 PM

What a wonderful athmosphere.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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jim C

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#5 posted 11-14-2012 06:18 PM

That’s very warm, inviting, and unique Clint.
Great job.

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#6 posted 11-14-2012 07:37 PM

You and I are like oil and water, Clint, but DANG you’ve got style! This is really beautiful!

-- jay,

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#7 posted 11-14-2012 07:46 PM

Exquisite work! You never fail to amaze us with your projects.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#8 posted 11-14-2012 08:01 PM

Looking pristine !!! Wow!

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#9 posted 11-14-2012 08:59 PM

Very Ingenious. I think it looks just great.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Clint Searl

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#10 posted 11-14-2012 09:01 PM

Willie…Japanese friends said much of the accounting was for charges to visitors who stayed at the temple(s)..... plus a few barrels of sake that the monks bought. LOL

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#11 posted 11-14-2012 09:16 PM

Very cool Clint, I’ve never heard of or nor have I seen Paulownial before, very unique stuff.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Clint Searl

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#12 posted 11-15-2012 01:14 AM

I didn’t proof read and mistakenly hung an L at the end of Paulownia. The seeds of this Far East tree came in the crates of stuff imported from Japan in the 19th century and took hold in the coastal states. It sprouts easily and grows fast. There’s a lot of it in PA, and it can be seen on many roadsides in the Spring showing off its clusters of fragrant pale purple blossoms. It’s a traditional wood for Tansu furniture for its lightness, tight grain, stability, and easy workability. It’s still popular enough in Japan that rustlers will take it from parks and roadsides and ship it over there.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#13 posted 11-15-2012 08:05 AM

I love the contrasts in the paitwork, drawer fronts and door inserts, very nice project, especially as the wood didn’t cost you a bean. Great project.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#14 posted 11-15-2012 09:33 AM

It’s realy unique.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 11-15-2012 03:09 PM

I like it

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