Kitchen Remodel #14: The Veneering gets going again

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Blog entry by Karson posted 07-02-2009 08:47 PM 2736 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it’s been 232 days since I last posted on my Kitchen remodel. It’s not that I haven’t done any work. It’s just that I haven’t posted.

I’d built the base cabinets and installed them in earlier blogs and it was time to get the drawer fronts created.

Let me say this, “My wife is a trooper, she is willing to live with the mess (begrudgingly), but she still puts food on the table and doesn’t make me take her out to eat until it’s finished.

I started the veneering. I cut plywood that would cover a complete cabinet – all drawers. That way I could do the veneer matching and sequencing that was required. I knew that my design of the drawers would mean that the entire drawer front was not covered in my designed veneer and so i was able to fill in the edges and the pieces between the drawers with mahogany veneer. The regular veneer is Eucalyptus Burl veneer. I bought it about 6 years ago.

This would be the drawer fronts on a 4 drawer cabinet.

This was the back (inside) of the drawer fronts that will never be seen by anyone. Normally you use backer veneer, but to me that would mean buying some more so i used some maple veneer that I already had. This was quilted maple.

Then the drawer fronts are all separated into their individual pieces. I marked on the back the cabinet number and the drawer number so that I would be able to get them installed in the correct sequence on the cabinet.


It was in the middle of the winter time and so I moved to the bathroom of the shop which I keep heated. I set up a small work surface on the laundry sink that is in the bathroom.

The strips are Yellow Birch and are about 1/16” thick. I cut them on my bandsaw and sanded them on my thickness sander.

The clamps are rubber bands cut from truck tubes that I got free from a local tire repair shop. Why they would keep old blown out tubes are outside my realm or wondering, but I’m glad they had them and I got them free.

Here’s my blog on these clamps

Here are the edge banding on the drawer fronts.

The edge banding could be installed on both ends at the same time, but you could only do one side at a time. So it became, do one edge then trim, do the other edge then trim, do both ends.

The trimming was first started on the router table, but I was experiencing some chip out so i went to the table saw to finish them all.

I them made my jigs for doing the cloud lifts for the drawer fronts. these were 1/2” mdf with 1/4” mdf as the support base.

The drawer applique would be installed in the jib and I would draw the cut lines so that it could be cut down.

The piece would be trimmed on the bandsaw to almost the final dimension.

I used a top bearing 15 deg router bit to trim to the final size.

I used double faced tape to hold the pieces so that they could be trimmed to final size.

In a couple of cases the tape didn’t hold.

But when cutout and installed they came out great.

I used sapwood on the top piece and heart wood on the bottom and the sides. The edge banding also followed the same rules.

The ends of the top and bottom pieces also needed to have the 15 deg cut also. I made another jig to hold the pieces for trimming.

The applique covered over the mahogany veneer that was placed around the edges of the veneered up pieces.

I used paper clamps to hold the pieces while glueing.

And also spring clamps.

The pegs for the drawer fronts were made with Blackwood. 3/8” square

The holes were cut with a mortise machine.

Installed in the fronts.

Now the drawers fronts are semi complete.

-- 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 07-02-2009 08:57 PM

looks great… very inspiring all the steps and processes that needs to be done to get the end result… something new every day :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 07-02-2009 09:04 PM

Very nice blog , Karson ….that quilted maple is gorgeous and now seen worldwide : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 07-02-2009 09:05 PM

Well Karson glad your not slacking off lol. I know exactly what you mean it is a lot of work I completely redid my kitchen, bath, hallways, stairs and living room and still trying to get all the trim and finish work done. But your work is outstanding looks like it will be a better homes cover kitchen when your done. Hang in there. Now get back to work!

-- SAEPE EXPERTUS, SEMPER FIDELIS, FRATRES AETERNI - "Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever"

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#4 posted 07-02-2009 10:01 PM


Thanks for the update!!!

I see that box of paper clip/clamps came in handy!!


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

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#5 posted 07-02-2009 10:53 PM

You’re going to have a beautiful kitchen with the Greene & Greene influence.

That’s what I call Green living with an E.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 07-03-2009 02:27 AM

Karson, very detailed and interesting blog. I really like the quilted maple. Your wife will really enjoy her new kitchen.

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

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#7 posted 07-03-2009 02:53 AM

i read this second…amazing steps…

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#8 posted 07-03-2009 03:03 AM

Hey Karson
Looks great good details and super blog

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#9 posted 07-03-2009 03:14 AM

Thanks for the comments. I’ve got more of that Maple veneer so It’s not all gone. I just need to find a project where it will be in the fore front.

-- 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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#10 posted 07-03-2009 03:53 AM

Wow, great looking drawer fronts. Great blog too. Your kitchen will look great when done.

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

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#11 posted 07-08-2009 12:23 AM

Looking good Karson. Good to see some Aussie Eucalypt.

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

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#12 posted 07-24-2009 04:40 AM

Your end results are looking good. After just completing a kitchen cabinet project in March, I ‘feel your pain’ in all the steps and processes that it takes to complete an effort of this much detail. Hang in there, all ‘good things’ come to an end.

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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