A lot of the work I do is for “others” being contractors or other cabinet shops, then they come get it and most often put the finish on. One particular client gives me about 50% of all the work I do and I am quite sure that he would give me 100% of the work I do but I think its bad Karma to have all your work come from one hand.
This kitchen is perhaps the biggest to date. Hindsight is 20/20 and right now I am wishing that I had made all the kickplates and put them all on castors so that I could push the monster out of the way. The shop has been reduced to narrow paths and even the most simple of tasks takes forever due to walking 30 miles through the maze.
He got a “deal” on maple veneered solid core plywood (you’ld think that after 30 years in the business that you’ld be suspect of the “deal”) and its no deal at all. One surface has the veneer lifting in spots. not a big deal because you only see one surface but slicing the wood veneer, injecting glue, and re-clamping is a PITA and its an extra charge.
With the economy in a sh$# it’s good that some are still spending. the monster has one sub zero fridge, one sub zero feezer (both in a pantry), one sub zero fridge/freezer, three dishwashers, one micro, trash compactor,...........all come with wooden doors. 9’ ceilings make the pantry cabinets look massive. I know that what looks big in my shop most often looks massive once its in a home.
All the cabinets are face framed with embedded beading meaning they all have to be back mitered and custom fit…...PITA. Most doors are 9 piece hung on those “non adjustable pewter butt hinges” so each door has to be fitted which I just dont get because they sell the same hinge only its adjustable (slightly). 35 drawers, all dovetailed and solid hard maple on those blum motion slides.
Anyone like those 1500 dollar farm sinks made from cast iron with porcelin. You need ten men and a boy to deal with them and because they are cast, you cant follow the specs, they have to be handfit. ......I dread them. Not that I dread making the cabinet, or doors but the shear wieght of those monsters tires me out before I even lift it the first time and lord knows you cant drop it!. These Vice grip hands arent getting any younger.
The contractor is like a rabid squirrel, asks a thousand questions and never listens to a single answer, skinny little fella with a good sense of humour but I swear he is his own worst enemy. he’s due to comeover today so I write this so I can get some of the crap that is clogging my brain out. .......”what about this, did you remember that, why isnt the micro cabinet done (because you failed to remember the trim kit) why sint the sink cabinet done (because you failed to remember to bring the sink), why arent the uppers above the fridge and freezer done (because you failed to bring the specifications for the appliances)..........and on and on and on …...............and the hundreds of phone calls, I dont know if hes bored, or what. He just phoned and asked how much T and G for the open/glass door cabinets, he needs and albeit I do have the answer, I question as to why some one would ask, being in the business and having a set of plans…....do I have a different set?
I HAVE to take pictures because when this one is done I have another, even bigger and taller. The bloody budget for libraery ladders is beigger then most folks budget for the entire kitchen and they want to see the methodology ? of hows its built. Selling cabinetry for a kiitchen thats built better then most furntiure….......priceless. Maybe some day I can do my own?
By sweet Lord Thundering what have I got myself into (insert smiley here)
The finish will be a stain, then painted, then rubbed out, then glazed. I saw on the TV and read somewhere that Faux ? finishes are out…..................thats like saying Stickley, Shaker furniture is out of style. Some styles are simply timeless. I never liked that contempory look. You know, where the walls in the boys bedroom are painted a lovely lime green with yellow furniture…................gimme a break. That was ugly when first done and it will be ugly tomorrow too.
I also love the conversations with the designers where they answer a question rather turtly “I know what I am doing” where I think to myself that if you did know what you were doing then we wouldnt be having this conversation.
BTW…...............I have met the odd designer, that if they dont know what they are doing at least they admit it and are a joy to work with.
I best get at it
-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso