Kitchen Remodel #1: Buffet and Hutch

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Blog entry by Karson posted 05-28-2007 05:43 AM 3532 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife says I can’t do anything else before I start on her Kitchen. Well except for her hall table and ??. Of course there is also the Summer Contest.

This is going to be a multiple phase project. I need to do something with the floor. We are on a cement slab floor and it is killing both of our legs. The kitchen had a Pergo floor when we bought the house, but we had a frozen water line before we moved in and the Pergo floor got curled edges, so it was all pulled up.

I don’t’ think I want 3/8” inch flooring and I’m leaning to solid hardwood 3/4” thick. Either on the cement or over a spacer board underneath. I don’t know what I’ll do yet. I’m still researching.

So in the interim I going to start to build a couple of furniture pieces that will be in the kitchen.

The first is a Buffet / Hutch. This is from Fine Woodworking Jan / Feb of 2007. I don’t plan on making this exact design. I don’t know if we will have glass in the upper cabinet. I want all drawers on the bottom not cabinet doors. But, the construction details are fairly solid.
. I'm starting to draw the full size legs with all of the mortise for the styles and rails. They used 1/2" plywood for the sides and backs, but I'll probably go with 3/4 and put some burl cherry veneer on it. The wood will be cherry. I'll get to use the 19" cherry board for the Buffet top surface. I'll have to glue on a 1 1/2" piece at the back to make it 21 1/2. Of course my planer is only 20" wide so I'll have to finish up the joint with a hand plane or scraper.

I plan to take down a wall that is beside the refrigerator to make it an "L" shaped kitchen. There is no dining room so it is an eat-in-kitchen. The previous owner took down a half-wall between the kitchen area and the eating area.

I plan to build a couple of furniture items 1) The Buffet and 2) A storage pantry for all of the can goods.

The floor area is approx 400 Sq Ft. after I take out the wall.

I'm waiting for a woodworker club member to finish assembling a pantry cabinet that he is building for a commission. I want to show it to my wife. She is not good at visualizing without pictures or actual items.

She wants the kitchen light, but I'm going to sneak in this Cherry Buffet while the color is still light and then let it age in her kitchen.

She's happy with Dave's Cherry Thorsen Table. So it might be a good match. When i start working on the rest of the cabinets we'll see what the wood becomes, and also the floor.

Any suggestions or pictures of a storage pantry would be nice if you have some.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 05-28-2007 05:48 AM

I have a 3/8” or so engineered hardwood floor on cement. I would agree with you to go with 3/4 and make it solid wood. We have a number of wear spots now and refinishing is really not an option. The floor is a good 5 years old now.

The cabinet looks great. She should love it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-28-2007 05:49 AM

Thanks for the info Wayne. I made my own flooring for the kitchen in New Jersey. I resawed maple boards into 1/2” thick and surfaced to 3/8”. I made tongue and groove and said never again for that project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Roger Strautman

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#3 posted 05-28-2007 11:50 AM

A piece of cherry 19” w. is almost a unheard of these days. Just watch for cupping. My grandparents had a very small walk in pantry with a curtain hung across the opening.

When I remodeled our house we had hardwood flooring glued down to the concrete and we haven’t had any trouble yet and that was 6 years ago.

Good luck with all of your projects they all sound like this could take some time.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 05-28-2007 04:49 PM

Karson -

Very interesting project ahead – I will enjoy seeing how you progress. The cabinet is beautiful and looks like a great place to start. Are you going to vacuum press your cherry burl veneer? I am just starting to experiment with a vacuum press (I saw you gave a class to the your woodworking association) so I will be looking forward to your future postings on this project (and of course I love cherry so I agree wih your choice of wood!).


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#5 posted 05-28-2007 08:39 PM

Thanks for the comments. I’ll try to keep a look out for cupping Rog. I believe it has air dried for 4-5 years.

David Yes I’ll be using a vacuum press for the veneer.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 05-28-2007 10:39 PM

Now that’s off to a nice start! Thanks, Karson!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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