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04-28-2010 05:41 AM

This kitchen is finally finished and took me a lot longer then I wanted it to. Now we are in between custom jobs which has not happened in a long time. I am anxious for our next kitchen job because I have been able to see improvement on all of my jobs so far. This maple job had a fair finish on it but I would have liked the finish to have been better. My future Maple jobs I believe I will incorporate a toner coat in the finish process in order to ensure a more even color.

Well, due to laziness, I did not upload pics to this web site. Anyone that would care to look can visit our web site and see plenty of pics of the kitchen. While at our web site feel free to look at other past projects we have done. These pics also show our solid maple dovetail drawers.

Thanks for looking everyone,


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#1 posted 04-28-2010 05:58 AM

Great job Jerry beautiful kitchens first class all the way.

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#2 posted 04-28-2010 06:15 AM


That looks great! I have a quick question though: I noticed you mentioned that you used solid wood for drawers (it looks like 1/2” stock)—with those large drawers, do you have issues with movement in the drawer frames? I am looking at building some cabinets next year and was planning on using Baltic birch ply for the drawers, but I was intrigued by how nice those drawers look.

Thanks for posting the great work.

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#3 posted 04-28-2010 10:04 AM

WOW!! Beautiful kitchen..

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#4 posted 04-28-2010 02:57 PM

Thanks for all the compliments. David, this past customer insisted on solid wood dovetail drawers and it was my first time. I did plane the wood down to 5/8” and I really do not think there will be any issues with wood movement. I have only seen this be an issue when a person did not have a central HVAC system and allowed extreme variations in tempature to occur inside the home. On that job I had some wood movement issues with doors. Of course time will tell but I am fairly confident that the 5/8” solid maple dovetail will not be a problem. In the past I have always just done dovetail drawers out of baltic birch and I still prefer using baltic because it is easier but the solid maple would be preferrable in my opinion, they are stronger, feel nicer and definitely look nicer then ply.

Anyone who cares to look, observe how we (my wife and I) did the blind corner pull out system. One custom shop quoted 1000.00 to do a similar pull out system but we custom built this pull out for much less and was not that difficult. Also the fluted glass was one of my favorites.

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#5 posted 04-28-2010 03:13 PM

Great work Jerry…very nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 04-28-2010 03:15 PM

WOW! Nice job.

I really like that corner cabinet job with the ‘blind base pull out system’. I need something like that in my kitchen. Dang cabinet is impossible to use because of the way it goes back to the wall.

Again,nice job!

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#7 posted 04-28-2010 03:17 PM

yeah, I would hate having a blind corner in our kitchen, I much prefer the lazy suzan style cabinet but they actually wanted this design with one blind corner and one lazy suzan.

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#8 posted 04-28-2010 03:21 PM

My compliments on an outstanding kitchen- design, finish and creativity. I complement you on the blind corner set-up. Very creative! I worked in sales for a scmpany that sold factory and custom cabinets. Blind corners were not my favorite thing in a kitchen. Corner cabinets were hard to get into. Carousels wasted a lot of space. A personal note- I am not a fan of glass in a kitchen due to grease vapors condensing on them. Hard to keep clean especially if the glass was in the range area. I can hear it now, “Dear. let’s go out to eat so my new cabinets won’t get dirty.”
Thanks for posting!

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#9 posted 04-28-2010 11:24 PM

Looks great Jerry.

Thanks for sharing


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#10 posted 04-28-2010 11:41 PM

Love the blind pullout idea. I really need something like that.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 04-28-2010 11:43 PM

Great job. The blind cabinets are a BIG problem in my home too. Do you have some detail on this issue?

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#12 posted 04-29-2010 01:16 AM

Thanks everyone for the encouraging compliments. Since we just mainly do this on the side and are growing in this venture, I still see what we do as a hobby more then a full time job. About the blind corner, I actually got the idea from looking at kitchen display units at Lowes. I love going to Lowes and looking through the display units. Those units are very nice with every upgrade imaginable and gives me lots of good ideas for my kitchens.

As far as the blind corner, I used a 24” “pocket door” drawer glide that mounts to the side peice of the cabinet. Just like what would be used in an entertainment center that has doors that slide into a pocket. I paid 30.00 for the drawer glide and the two other drawers in the blind portion of the cabinet are on 100 lb ball bearing glides. The cradle part I used a walnut dowel for the joint but that was more for looks then anything.

Anyway, we had a lot of fun with this job. The customer even told me at the end of the project, he stated that according to his own research and other bids he had, he felt with the quality of cabinet we provided we could have come up 2000.00 on the bid and still would have been lower then what the market is selling a comparable cabinet. I think it was his way of providing a compliment. With that said, I have put out at least 2 estimates a week for the past couple of months and the phone is not ringing. I even lowered my price and still nothing. Last night I sent an estimate to a couple owner building, it came to 110.00 per linear foot, basic cabinet with dovetail drawers, pull out trays in the bases, soft close blumotion and no other upgrades. I did offer upgrades and the cost for each upgrade. Then counting delivery and installation the estimate came to 124.00 per LF. Within 1 hour I recieved an email telling me my estimate was higher then their other estimate. I thought, “WOW, how can this be????” Oh well, I guess that is why I work full time for the state…

Thanks everyone,


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