|Project by JohnnyStrawberry||posted 02-28-2014 01:39 PM||3311 views||30 times favorited||27 comments|
First of all; Thank You Honey for your patience. I hope you feel it was worth it.
(You can click on the photos to view them enlarged. Scroll click recommended.)
We had planned the layout quite a lot with my dearest. Finally I got the plans approved by her. I designed the cabinets to be modular because if we want to move in the future we should be able to rearrange these cabinets to suit any new kitchen.
To ease the production I carefully defined a standard width for these cabinet modules (37”). So one module has the sink and two are basic cabinets – two spacious drawers under the counter and two shelves underneath – I call’em hutch 1 and hutch 2. They’re stand-alone.
One narrow (25”) module is obviously the fireplace. The other narrow asset is a fridge. It has no actual cabinet – there is only a counter ‘bridge’ above it. Fridge bridge hereafter. :-D The fridge is between the sink cabinet and the fireplace cabinet.
Hutch one is on the right of the fireplace, hutch two is in the opposite corner of the kitchen. So these cabinets actually surround our table – quite convenient. We just love it!
100.0000% wood. It’s part of my philosophy. ( See my bed post )
The top is steamed black locust. It looks fantastic; it’s very hard and strong – perfect for counter top.
I’d had several option for primary (seen) wood surfaces but finally I decided to play with walnut inside-out. So while the panels are walnut on the sides, the doors (front) have walnut frames. Hence the doors run in walnut slides.
Cherry has a similar twisted role. The frames on the sides, the drawer fronts and the toe-kick are cherry.
The door panels are steamed burly red willow – it’s just gorgeous and really lightweight – perfect for panels. Besides, the upper cabinets had had the same door panels. I used red willow for shelves, for the back and for drawer bottoms.
The other secondary wood was ash. I used it for drawer sides and for every hidden structural part. The dowels/pegs are beech.
Having had some experience in edge joining by sliding dovetails, I was looking for another (stronger) option. I voted for pegged dowels.
The principle is simple; 30mm thick boards, 20mm dowels, 6mm pegs.
20mm dowels on both sides keep the front edge perfectly aligned. Tongue and groove hold it strong. Swinging dominos in the back keep it tight and allow for wood movement. (The bridge has end grain; the fireplace has long grain side.)
See here how it’s made.
The lower shelf has actually the door slides as well. Hence, frame and panel.
The upper shelf rests on brackets that are dowelled to the sides.
Since my standard for surfaced stock thickness is 20.0mm, I made the upper shelf look less beefy. I just love this feature. :-)
Thanks for reading along.
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