Kitchen Remodel #16: Mini Cabinets and Soffit upgrade

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Blog entry by Karson posted 08-06-2011 06:34 PM 10482 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built two mini cabinets (Spice Racks) that are beside the microwave and fill in the space between it and the two cabinets on each side.

The original soffit was about 12” high like the builders put up. I tore them out and made them shorter so the cabinets could be taller.

I did fine a couple of water pipes and a sink drain so I couldn’t make a totally flat ceiling but I ended up with a 4” soffit. Two 2X4’s and some drywall.

I then decided to cover the front of the soffit with the same veneer and wood that was used for the cabinets.

I glued veneer on 3/8” popular boards and nailed them to the 2X4. Then I came back and put the style and rails up with a micro pinner. Thew were held in place with tape as I installed them. The style and rails allowed me to cover any gaps between the ceiling and the veneered board. I also put a piece on the bottom of the soffit facing to go back over the drywall and cover any gaps there. The style and rail material was cut about1/16” thick. All of the design has sapwood at the tops of the doors and on the face of the doors and drawers and then heart wood on the sides and bottoms. The sapwood on all doors is two tome, white on the bottom and heartwood on the top. On the drawer fronts is was all sapwood. It was getting tougher to find pieces that were two toned.

All up.

If you notice one busted handle I guess I must have cracked it during installation. Need to install another support piece.

All the cabinets are done I need to put just a little edge on the spice rack drawers to keep items from wanting to fall out when the drawers are opened.

-- 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 08-06-2011 06:39 PM


Everything turned out beautiful. Great looking cabinets and I like the way you did the soffit, ties everything together…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 06:40 PM

That really adds a touch of class to an already fantastic kitchen!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 08-06-2011 06:45 PM

I agree with Max… looking good. Tied everything together nicely.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 08-06-2011 07:26 PM

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ED


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#5 posted 08-06-2011 07:50 PM

Super COOL! Nice JOB!

Just a little glue will fix that broken Pull…

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 08-06-2011 09:00 PM

karson that is really cool…i love your whole kitchen..however i did notice one of the square plugs looks a little out of might want to fix that…LOL… what is next on the project list…maybe you should come here and help me finish my kitchen..didn’t i hear you say that you work for food…i can handle that…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 08-06-2011 09:16 PM

Floor is on the short list, Then kick plates for the cabinets. Wish she had requested floor before the cabinets, that would have made things easier!!!

Grizz: Work for food I could do that. But have you looked how long this blog has taken from the beginning. That’s a lot of food days. 1531 days ago to post #1

-- 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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#8 posted 08-06-2011 09:28 PM

looks nice!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 08-06-2011 09:30 PM

Super job Karson.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#10 posted 08-06-2011 09:46 PM

oh…did i mention i make the greatest buttermilk pancakes…and make them quite often…lol…....well im glad your not just sitting around wondering what to do…lol….....floor huh…uugg that means down on your knee’s alot…that would be a deal breaker for me…...cant wait to see what you do..i hope some inlay is on the list…maybe the profile of a chef in the middle of the floor..maybe done in padauk…think it over..that would be a real crowning achievement..carry on …

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 08-06-2011 09:48 PM

a real pro job karson

beautiful grains and matching

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 08-06-2011 11:13 PM

Looks like you should become a contractor! Great job on the entire kitchen remodel.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#13 posted 08-07-2011 03:30 AM

Wow!!! That is gorgeous work.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#14 posted 08-07-2011 04:12 AM

Man, you have done a bang up job on these cabinets!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#15 posted 08-07-2011 05:06 AM

Great job, buddy.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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