Kitchen Remodel #7: Cabinet building continues

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Blog entry by Karson posted 10-29-2008 03:34 AM 3802 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I’ve still been busy building additional cabinets.

I’m working on the lower cabinets, because the upper cabinets need to match placement of the lower cabinets and I’m now working myself into a corner.

That’s the sink corner. Old picture. It’s just to the right of the range.

So what I’ve accomplished is building the cabinets to the left of the range.

The range is being moved about 18” to the left so the cabinets that I’m building are about 30” longer than the cabinets that I’m replacing. The white cabinet was stuck in there when we moved into this house to give her a little additional storage space.

My wife seems to be ignoring the mess that I made of her kitchen.

The end cabinet on the new left return has the veneer and framework being placed on the two outside surfaces.

The cabinet that starts the left return will have 5 drawers, each about 5” high.

The end cabinet will have 3 drawers. A 6” 8” and 10”

So when installed they look like this.

The return cabinet that fits against the wall is 27” wide. That is so I will have a 3” corner space on the 24” deep cabinets. I glued some homemade veneer of the Yellow Birch and glued it to the spacer pieces so that the opposing drawer will slip by the opposite drawer handle.

I then put in a 24” cabinet that is between the return area and the stove.

I then put another 24” cabinet to the right of the range. in order to make it fit I took out an 18” cabinet that was under the sink counter top that is visible in the first picture.

Again no drawer fronts have been designed or made as of yet. I’m trying to make the lower kitchen cabinets built and useful before I spend extra time making drawer fronts.

I’m also waiting on making the upper cabinets until all of the lower ones are made and installed. My mother in law is coming in 2.5 weeks so i got a little work to go.

I did give her a little bonus tonight. I brought in a piece of Corian to cover over the open tops of the cabinets, even though she thought that the open top did have a great functionality.

The count as of now is 22 drawers under the counter surface and 2 additional sliders that will have trash containers and a pull out drawer under the sink for dish cleaning supplies.

The flowers were a little gift a couple of days ago.

-- 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 10-29-2008 03:59 AM

Hi Karson;

Let me be the first to say your wife must be very patient, but I guess she knows how good it will look when your finished.

I can’t wait to see the pics.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 10-29-2008 03:59 AM


You are a glutton for punishment!! Tearing up the wife’s kitchen while she is still using it! Reminds me of our kitchen project- everything went fine until the special order sink didn’t arrive on schedule. Washed dishes in the bathtub for about a week!

I really like the way you incorporated the drawers at the end of the counter. Looks like it provides a lot of storage in a potentially wasted area.


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

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#3 posted 10-29-2008 04:04 AM

Your making some great progress. Thanks for the update, Karson.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 10-29-2008 04:17 AM

Great job Karson. Your wife must be like mine, she has the patience of a saint.

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

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#5 posted 10-29-2008 04:28 AM

Your a good man, Karson… a deck and a kitchen remodel this year. I’m liking those Greene and Greene accents.

I have been looking at those levelers in the catalogues – are those the ones that the kicks clip to in the front? Excellent progress thus far

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#6 posted 10-29-2008 04:35 AM

She has a lot of patience as long as I’m doing something on the kitchen. She keeps saying nothing else comes out of my shop until the kitchen is finished.

But then she does have a few replacement tasks – Like New deck; Like making a cane for her mother (Not started yet, but she is showing up in 2.5 weeks so something might be getting ready to jump into gear.

But then there is the Mason Dixon banquet door prize that I need to make. While I’m at it I’m making 12 or more for family gifts also. (posted as a blog later) She doesn’t know about them.

-- 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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#7 posted 10-29-2008 04:38 AM

Douglas: Yes. Lee Jesberger uses metal ones, I went for the cheap ones. Mine are plastic. I figure they will hold up the cabinets off the floor. The kickplate will clip in later. It is nice to level up all of the cabinets, just screw out the leg.

-- 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 10-29-2008 04:46 AM

When I did the veneering for the sides I put some cheap veneer (Mahogany) between my sheets of Eucalyptus.

You use water and a putty knife to take off the veneer tape.

You can see that on the photo of the sides of the cabinet before the Yellow Birch Greene and Green accents were attached. The Greene and Greene accents also covered up the screw holes that were used to assemble the base cabinets. The veneer sheets were 10” wide and I didn’t want to waste veneer by trying to bookmatch over an area that was going to be covered by other woods.

I only used the Eucalyptus veneer in area that were going to be visable. The other veneers were put in to give me a level area to put in the faux Stile and Rail attachents.

The back of the return cabinet is 30” wide so I had to add additional veneer to my bookmatched sheets on the back. The side is two sheets of the eucalyptus veneer with the mahogany in the middle and on the edges.

-- 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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#9 posted 10-29-2008 06:08 AM

What a project. God bless your wife…mine would have gone to her mother’s by now. I probably would have built them all before I started installing any, I’m a bit of a neat freak when it comes to the kitchen…and if you have seen my shop, that’s a complete polar opposite :-)

I really like the design. It’s going to look great when you are done.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#10 posted 10-29-2008 06:24 AM

You’re making great progress. I especially like all the drawers—so much more practical than doors and shelves (in my opinion). We’re finally winding down on our kitchen project; it’s just been a little over three years. But then, these things take time! We women are s-o-o-o patient :~)!

Keep us posted.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 10-29-2008 01:23 PM

Great job Karson.
You have really got a handle on that veneering.
It’s going to be beauty when you get it finished.


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

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#12 posted 10-29-2008 02:21 PM

Beautiful progress Karson.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#13 posted 10-30-2008 01:48 PM

good looking project Karson. A testimony to your expertise. Congrats on the progress.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#14 posted 10-31-2008 08:26 PM

nice work Karson …

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 11-14-2008 02:10 PM

I must say you were so sweet and thoughtful to make all the plans and work. Your wife is surely lucky to have you. If you need anything about bathroom and kitchen renovations (supplies and all) you can visit our site and you’ll find a list of companies arranged by cities. Hope it will be of help.

-- Bathroom and Kitchen Guide,

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