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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 07-05-2015 04:30 PM 696 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2015 04:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: repurposing architectural salvage 1950s kitchen workshop cabinets

A nearby home was being gutted and renovated, and a nice set of kitchen wall cabinets, five feet worth, was put out to the curb.
So… I grabbed them, such nice late ‘50s period, with birch veneer blockboard doors and all!

I just had to figure out what to do with them.

One wall of my shop was dedicated to pipe and bar clamp storage, but mostly the space was wasted because I only ever use but maybe four, the rest just gather dust.

So, voila, a piece of 50’s architecture gets re-purposed and saved! And now, I finally have a secure, dignified place for my vintage saw collection, each awaiting restoration and sharpening. The square footage of the pegboard on which the saws previously hung will now be dedicated to extension cords and tools that were packed away, out of sight.

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That’s my handsaw collection; about 48 of ‘em, including a bunch of D-8s and my new fave acquisition, a vintage Sandvik 14 point among others. The cabinets will be refinished inside and out, and I gotta say, it’s been decades since I’ve worked with blockboard. Though the shelves are nailed in, I might go for adjustable inserts and shelf clips. I have not yet decided how to configure the 36” section. Our home was built in the same approximate year as these cabinets, so it’s ‘period correct’ LOL!

I made separators for the handsaws, 1/8” stock fitted to dadoes on 5/8” centers. I can safely squeeze them together by alternating up and down, the blades do not contact one another.
The trim saws on the doors mount to separators/hangers made of 1/8” stock on 1/2” centers. Works great!

Hope you like!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 07-06-2015 12:40 AM

I did something similar.

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 01:16 AM

I applaud your MO, once a value is set on an object drop on the thing like an owl on a field mouse, I have and have had many old pieces of furniture and trim, I busted them up into parts though and turned the parts into other things.

-- I meant to do that!

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 01:27 AM

Thanks, Don and Ghidrah!
I see value in things that other people have cast off. Sometimes it’s a blessing, sometimes a curse. I’m sure that whatever cabinets took the place of these beauties, they will not last as long as these did.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 02:31 AM

Nice save!

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 02:45 AM

Very nice save! You gave those cabinets a second life.

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#6 posted 07-06-2015 01:34 PM

Thanks, everyone!
Turns out, after speaking with the owner of the home, these were relegated to his laundry room 20 years ago, when his kitchen was renovated. They were just removed in preparation for the real estate listing.

Once I figure out how to re-fit the 36” cabinet, and how it would best suit my needs, I’ll fill all the holes and refresh the paint, and bring back those birch doors. Darn, they’re only 10 1/2” deep, people must have used smaller dinner plates in those days. Back to the Dollar Store to find new containers and stuff!

If you’ve got pics of resuscitated kitchen cabinets, please post ‘em here like DonW did! Thanks, All!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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