Kitchen Remodel #6: I just installed the first cabinets for the kitchen in Delaware

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Blog entry by Karson posted 09-20-2008 06:03 AM 3942 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Vacuum Veneering for the Buffet / Hutch Part 6 of Kitchen Remodel series Part 7: Cabinet building continues »

I can’t believe how long it has been since I posted any work on this series. The Buffet/Hutch is not completed. It’s in the state that I showed last. The last post was 473 days ago.

I just installed the first cabinets for the kitchen in Delaware.

Old Picture. You can see my Greene and Greene Thorsten table that was entered in a LumberJock challenge.

New picture.

The counter top is from the old cabinet. i plan to put down Corian. I’m doing it myself so I’ll do some fill-in first until I get the shop emptied a little.

I built one upper cabinet and one lower cabinet. A lot of other wood has been cut and the pieces needing veneer have been mostly covered. I was attempting to determine the math to be able to do the rest of the cabinets easily. The pieces (I hope have all been cut large)

The veneer is Eucalyptus Burl from Australia that I bought on eBay, and Yellow Birch that I got in New Jersey.

The doors are assembled as a unit and are then cut apart to make 2 doors. And the design matches the design for the end panels.

The desigh is Greene and Greene with my cloud lifts and the Ebony pegs.

My plans are to have the white sap wood stripe across the top of all of the cabinets and all the rest to be heart wood that is pink. The veneer and the yellow birch both have a pinkish cast.

The base has not yet been created for the bottom of the base cabinet. And the drawer fronts have not yet been created. I’ll probably wait until all cabinets are built and installed before I make the drawer front.

These cabinets are 24” wide and were made to match the ones that were there previously.

The finish is Conversion varnish that is a varnish that requires a catalyst just before spraying. The finish dries to allow sanding in 20 minutes so it can be recoated quickly.

These cabinets required a quart of finish so I probably need a couple more gallons before I’m finished.

I’ve got lots of pictures and I post some blogs of the construction and the jigs that I created. And I’ve got lots of building to do.

-- 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 09-20-2008 06:40 AM

Beautiful Work! The sapwood strip really sets it off. Can’t wait to see more!!


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

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#2 posted 09-20-2008 09:31 AM

Very nice job Karson, I like that wood profile. I know the feeling about how long some things take but what the heck.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 09-20-2008 01:16 PM

Beautiful looking cabinets there Karson. I can’t wait to see the finished project. I love the veneer. It really sets the tone for the project. Keep up the great work.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 09-20-2008 01:28 PM

It’s comming along very nicely Karson.
Are you going to be able to move the wiring closer to the cabinet?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 09-20-2008 01:36 PM

Hey Buddy;

I just responded to your email, questioning the setback for a toe kick. That last picture took up the whole screen, so I thought I was looking at the front of a base cabinet. (I wondered why I was seeing Baltic Birch (?) on the side of he cabinet).

Now that I see the same picture here, but much smaller, it now makes sense.

You are doing a beautiful job. First class, top shelf, and all that. The grain match across the rails is perfect.

Not to mention a beautiful design.



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 09-20-2008 01:50 PM

Hey Karson!,,,,,,,Looks Fabtabulous! Its going to be a great looking kitchen Buddy!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 09-20-2008 02:20 PM

Wow, Karson, this is looking great. Thought I was getting photos from the Gamble House. If you’re building your cabinets from scratch and milling your own lumber, I’m telling you, it’s going to keep you busy. I’ve been doing the woodwork in my new house, and it’s going on 5 months and I still got a ways to go. Keep us posted on the progress, I’m looking forward to seeing the whole kitchen.

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#8 posted 09-20-2008 02:48 PM

Good looking cabinets Karson, you should be proud! Good luck with the rest of your project and I can’t wait to see more.

-- Kirk H. --

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#9 posted 09-20-2008 03:56 PM

Those cabinets looks great! Keep up the great work, I really love the pegged doors!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#10 posted 09-20-2008 05:57 PM

i really like that you carried the design onto the side of the cabinets…beautiful wood Karson…and craftsmanship, as always…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 09-20-2008 08:23 PM

Thanks for the comments. My wife wants if finished now. But I think she’ll have to wait awhile. I spray outside and so I need at least some ok temp.

-- 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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#12 posted 09-21-2008 03:32 PM

Very nice!!! Looks like furniture cabinets. Looks very rich. Thanks for the blog.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 09-21-2008 03:53 PM

That’s what I was shooting for Dennis, furniture for the kitchen.

-- 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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#14 posted 09-22-2008 02:14 AM

Those look awesome, keep the progress pictures coming.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#15 posted 01-08-2010 05:04 AM

These are sweet Karson. You always think of Greene and Greene as mahogany, but I definitely like the combination of the yellow birch and eucalyptus burl along with the ebony plugs. They really set each other off. Good job. I hope one day to have some to show off. Keep up the good work.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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