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08-04-2010 09:52 AM

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone here for their patient answers to all my questions. I’ve finished my first kitchen (of two) and it’s pretty reasonable (although my doors could be squarer!) – except for one by-product of using poplar for the face frames – loose hinge plate screws. But I’ll post a new thread over at the skills forum on that.

Here are a few photos – if this is the wrong forum for this, please move! Thanks again!

Kitchen 1

Kitchen 2

Kitchen 3

Kitchen 4

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 10:32 AM

Looks great.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 03:23 PM

Beautiful job. Ya done good. Don’t see any hinges?? Euro style?
I’d be interested in your loose screw solution. I predrill and then coat the screws with CA before running them in.
For flat plates, I’ll often butter the back with two part epoxy and then set them in their mortise or on the frame.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 05:40 PM

Thanks, guys! Those are Euro hinges, Blums. They’re great – no need for catches – but they do tend to be a little noisy as they sort of slam the door – probably something else that’s pulling my screws out. I’m going to look into the Blumotion thing for doors on my next project, as it works really well on the drawers – bump ‘em with your hip and they close like magic.

The CA idea is along the lines of what I was thinking about. I’ll probably go up a screw size and a little longer as well, put ‘em in and hope for the best.

I really appreciate your thoughts.

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 06:02 PM

Great job…very nice !

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 06:32 PM

Use European style hinges all the time. The key is to bore the cup hole accurately with no slop. Poplar should not be a problem with screw holding if the proper pilot hole is drilled. Get some stick on rubber bumpers for the back of the doors that are made for use with these hinges to eliminate the bang when closing. Whad did you use for the countertop?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#6 posted 08-05-2010 04:39 AM

That’s great, you did a good job in it!!

-- Lucy, China, Bamboo Art Designer,

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#7 posted 08-05-2010 08:13 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments. It was nice to get it finished – it was sort of a measure twice, cut three times process… :^)

Don, it’s not the cup holes that are the problem, it’s the hinge plates that screw on the face frame. No slop at all in the cup holes.

The countertop is cheap (relatively) pine countertop which I painted, varnished, sanded down to “distress” it, and then varnished again. I was trying to keep the budget down – it looks pretty good, but I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty high maintenance, in terms of re-varnishing, etc.

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 05:32 PM

Nice looking kitchen.

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#9 posted 11-24-2010 10:20 AM

That sure is a nice looking kitchen, you dont want to come over and do mine do you?? :-)

-- Theresa,

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#10 posted 11-24-2010 01:22 PM

Wow, well done. Looks great.

The blumotion for the hinges works very well. I was in a house that had it installed and the doors worked great.

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#11 posted 11-24-2010 02:17 PM

Thanks, everyone!

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