My First Kitchen

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Project by Michael Brailsford posted 07-31-2008 01:45 PM 2305 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The only thing that did not make this my biggest project is that I just built the cabinets, I did not istall them.
The cabinets are built from Mesquite. I built them for my brother who lives in Arizona. He shipped the wood to me in North Carolina and then came out and trailered them back himself. Mesquite is some of the nicest wood I have ever worked with. It is certainly the prettiest wood. I had to take the wood to someone to plane it for me due to how hard it is. I am hoping to get better pictures that show better the figure in the wood. This Mesquite came from Argentina. Argentinian Mesquite comes in longer pieces without major defects.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#1 posted 07-31-2008 01:47 PM

Nice looking kitchen Michael. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 02:48 PM

nicely done! how would you compare the hardness of mesquite to other (local) lumber? what finish is on the wood? is it stained? or is that the original color of the mesquite?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Michael Brailsford

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#3 posted 07-31-2008 03:03 PM

My brother applied the finish when he go it back to AZ and I believe he did stain it (a darn shame). I believe he finished it in poly. As to the hardness, nothing in my experience comes close. I tried to plane it myself and could only take off 1/128 of an inch at a time and it still bogged down. A friend who owns a hardwood store said he would do it for $.10/db ft. I thought that was a bargain. When I picked up the wood his first comment was “THAT is some HARD wood”. Aside from the hardness it was great to work with. It cut and routed very nicely. You had to keep it moving to prevent burning. If you ever get the chance to work with Mesquite I highly reccomend it. Get it S2S.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 03:31 PM

Gorgeous. I would love to try mesquite some day but getting a good selection of any hardwood except maybe maple up in Central and Northern Alberta Canada is not easy or cheep

-- WoodChucker, Sherwood Park, Alberta

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#5 posted 07-31-2008 04:37 PM

Beautiful. I like slab doors when you use real wood.

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#6 posted 07-31-2008 04:41 PM

Nicely done – and you didn’t have to do the finishing or installation :>)

-- Phil in British Columbia

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Michael Brailsford

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#7 posted 07-31-2008 04:48 PM

Dennis, it is almost a crime to do anything else but slab doors with Mesquite, just because it looks so nice.
Stanley, no finishing or installation was kind of a bonus, however I don’t think he finished them the way I would have.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#8 posted 07-31-2008 08:11 PM


-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 08-04-2008 06:01 PM

Hi Michael;

This is a fine looking project.

Are you sure your an electrician? (or are you just trying to throw us off)

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Michael Brailsford

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#10 posted 08-04-2008 06:49 PM

No I really am… pays the bills.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#11 posted 06-04-2012 01:51 PM

Beautiful kitchen.

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