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I Love Scuba...taking a break from a remodel! (Remodel Pics)

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Blog entry by woodburnigtlp posted 06-01-2017 06:20 PM 606 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Friend!

I know for most of us here, woodworking isn’t our only hobby or job we make a living off of! For me, one of my many hobbies is scuba diving! I have been in the midst of a kitchen remodel (more on that below) for a couple of months now and could sure use a trip right about now! I have been certified for almost 15 years now and it is one of the most exciting hobbies I have. I have been all around the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, as well as a few Pacific Coast dives. Being in the water is a great stress reliever for me. I even built a small wooden boat to take out into small bodies near the house, I wish I had picture on hand to share.

Anyway, just as I shared in my last blog post..I also like to write and have written several scuba gear guides. I wanted to share one with all you Lumberjocks. If you are looking for a new hobby or stress reliever, I can’t recommend it enough. If you are already certified or looking to get certified and are in need of gear my article on the best bcd is a good start. I have articles on fins and masks as well but a knowing how to choose the right scuba bcd is crucial. It will mean the difference between an enjoyable experience and a bad one.

Scuba is the closest thing to being able to fly! Hard to describe the freedom as well as isolation being 50ft or more under water with great visibility just floating, or flying along fish and water life! I hope to get out there soon, to get some stress relief on this remodel we are winding down on!

Out with the old, In with the new!

A couple of months ago my wife and I started to remodel our kitchen which was probably last updated over 50 years ago. We live in a 1923 Tudor and the we just couldn’t take the kitchen space anymore. Between the extremely shallow counters, low uppers, and lacking counter space., it was time for a change.

I did all of the work myself (with the exception of resurfacing the walls and counters) along with my wife. I will say, I work best alone ;) The battle of wills gets to be a bit much sometimes!

A little break down of everything. Cabinets are Kraft Maid which I will say I am impressed with considering I worked in a custom cabinet shop for my uncle and we routinely did jobs totaling well over $75K. If I had to do it over, I would get all plywood boxes especially in water prone areas for added security.

Installing the cabinets in a house from the 1920’s with walls that were exactly square and straight wasn’t as bad as I expected. Taking out the floor wasn’t that bad either, it was old vinyl over particle board. We originally planned to do tile so I laid 3/8 ply under-lament over the 3/4 T&G sub-floor. Months later we decided to go with solid Oak instead and had to go with a pre-finished 5/16th T&G to minimize the height change from adjacent rooms. Everything I read folks recommended to glue down due o the thickness. It is certainly more sturdy but staples would have been easier and more forgiving.

Tile back splash and wall were pretty straight forward and turned out really nice. Just used a basic subway tile. For the shelves, I planed down some 2” doug fir boards that were about 150 years old and was formerly the floor of an old barn/workshop. I also made a huge dining table with some these boards but didn’t pane them at all.

That’s about it and all that is left is a bit of paint touch ups and some finish work, if you have any questions drop me a comment and I will do my best to answer them. enjoy a few more photos.



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