My biggest project

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Project by Michael Brailsford posted 07-24-2008 06:29 PM 2019 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The biggest project I have done was my own kitchen. Nothing went according to schedule. Right in the middle of the installation side of the project my daughter had a burst appendix, and three weeks later had to go back in to remove an abscess. My wife, God bless her, was doing dishes in the half bath.
The Cabinets were made of maple. If you looked at my “Rex” billiard table, the wood for this project came from the same source. We decided since we were only going to do this once we were going to do it right. We used stainless bar pulls, all ballbearing slides, and we put on a Sile Stone counter. The boxes were all 3/4” birch ply. We have 9’ ceilings and utilized all of it. I built a top cabinet to go over the uppers. They were designed to overhang the uppers by 2”. It made for a very nice look.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 07-24-2008 06:41 PM

Very nicely done, my kitchen is in line for the same thing and I just had the maple delivered on Saturday.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 07-24-2008 06:43 PM

W O W !!!! Beautiful job indeed : ) I would like to put my stove into the corner as well to gain more cabinet and floor space in my tiny kitchen…who needs a lazy susan after all ? hahahaaa

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

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#3 posted 07-24-2008 07:47 PM

Man. So very nice. I’m preparing to layout my kitchen this weekend and hopefully start work on it, too! Finally! I wasn’t sure about doing the full height uppers, but it does look nice.

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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#4 posted 07-24-2008 08:01 PM

Great job! I did my kitchen about 12 years ago from the floor up, and I remember it well.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 07-24-2008 09:28 PM

Nice job. That’s a lot of cabinets.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#6 posted 07-24-2008 09:29 PM

Mike, those hospital handrails were all maple?

For you guys who don’t know…The handrails at our hospital are 2×6 oak. Mike here got a real find by salvageing the maple ones…turned out some real nice projects as well!

Good one Mike!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#7 posted 07-24-2008 09:51 PM

Very nice looking!

-- I never started a project I couldn't screw up.

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#8 posted 07-25-2008 02:15 AM

That range on the corner has got to be it! Great idea! Mind if I copy that one?

I got serious with woodworking when we moved in to our new house about 5 years ago. It has a counter about 4 feet long and the developer called it a kitchen. The prohibitive cost of expanding the kitchen made me become more serious with woodworking. I have since walled/roofed a 12 ft X 6 ft space adjacent to the house. To this day, a used hollow core door serves as a countertop and the dishes done outside on a permanently temporary sink (LOL). Thanks to my wife’s patience.

This Saturday I will be building a built-in closet for one of the upstairs room. Sort of a ramp-up to the kitchen cabinets/counters. I think I will blog that one again for all the noobs.


-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#9 posted 07-25-2008 03:07 AM

Beautiful work, really like the fer down cabinets. very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#10 posted 07-25-2008 03:37 AM

Gorgeous set of kitchen cabinets. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 07-25-2008 03:57 AM

This is a wonderful set of cabinets. I really like the overhang of the upper cabinets and the way you took the cabinets up to the ceiling. For those of us who are vertically challenged it does present some difficulty in getting to them but it adds so much storage to the kitchen that it is well worth the effort. Nice choice of wood as well. Using maple and birch lightens up the kitchen.

Well done. And thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 07-25-2008 06:54 AM

Nice cabinets.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Michael Brailsford

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#13 posted 07-25-2008 01:06 PM

Rico, be my guest. The kitchen that was in my house originally had a 2’ x 2’ box in the corner that was supposed to house a return air duct from the second floor. Problem is, they installed two units, upstairs and downstairs, eliminating the need for the duct. The builder decided to leave the boxed corner taking away a bunch of kitchen space. That was the first thing to go.

Bryan, the top cabinets were insisted on by my wife. She always lamented at the lack of storage in our old kitchen. I can tell you everybody, even many basketball players, would need to stand on something to access them. The items we store there are things that don’t have to come out much.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#14 posted 07-25-2008 03:06 PM

Nice job.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#15 posted 07-26-2008 05:48 AM

Very nicely done! You are a true craftsman of your craft. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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