Blonde's Maple Martini Cabinet #6: Home stretch, few details left

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 01-31-2016 03:56 PM 2123 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well between work, cutting boards and chores I’ve finally made it too the home stretch of Blondie’s Martini cabinet.

I got both backs mounted to the upper and lower cabinets, I mounted, drilled and ran the wires for the LED lighting. I didn’t like the silver bars even though there small, so I made thin maple stripes to cover them. I stained and finished then glued them to the lights, much better look.

Mounted the other door handles, they are pewter martini glasses, the bottoms are shakers I found on EBAY.

I found a pop up power strip for the cabinet, this is really cool. I drilled a 3 inch hole on the counter to mount it once the boss told me where she wanted it. When not in use it retracts, the have them with USB’s as well. We have a docking station so I decided we didn’t need that. It has 3 plugs on it.

I’ve made all the doors including the glass ones, a first for me. I got them all fitted in and adjusted which we all know takes time. I used a nickel for spacing, to allow for expansion and contraction. We’re moving to Seattle in a cpl yrs and expect more movement than here in Southern California.

Blondie wanted a SS backsplash, so off I went to the metal yard. I bought a piece of 22 Ga brushed stainless steel. 59 X 24. Yesterday I glued it in place and and a buddy helped me lift it back up on the counter. It’s pretty heavy Blondie has done it but don’t like it lol

I need to screw down the top and put the bottom trim moulding on. Then drill a small hole in the upper corner of the stainless steel for the dimmer swithch and final rub out and we done.

Thx for looking and help gentleman were almost there.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 04:20 PM

That is absolutely beautiful. Love the detail. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 04:30 PM

Stunning piece, Ken! You made Blondie proud.

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

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#3 posted 01-31-2016 05:44 PM


You are making wonderful progress!
Great craftsmanship…

Really COOL!

COOL Pulls… What is that dark thing in the last two pictures?

Keep it up!

Thank you!

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

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#4 posted 01-31-2016 05:47 PM

It’s been a long haul Ken, but congrats on the progress.
This is going to be a sweet piece of furniture, love the handles.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 01-31-2016 06:00 PM

Beautiful job, Ken. Pretty cool little wine glasses for pull knobs. I also wondered about the dark round thing till I went back and read your description. Where did you find that pop-up electrical outlet? I might could use something like that in my TV cabinet.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 01-31-2016 06:02 PM

Very Nice!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#7 posted 01-31-2016 07:05 PM


Your work is outstanding. The extra touches make it yours/hers. LOL! Don’t know how you move it around? LOL! Big shop?

Reading the blog I noticed you forgot to mention the women who watch and participate. What would Blondie say? LOL!

Thanks for posting. Is your dad still involved?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 01-31-2016 08:15 PM

Great project, with lots of bells and whistles, great craftsmanship.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 01-31-2016 08:17 PM

Beautiful work Ken! thanks for sharing.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#10 posted 01-31-2016 08:51 PM

Oh those pulls are classic…my wife would love this cabinet! Can wait to see it installed and finally complete.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#11 posted 01-31-2016 10:03 PM

How’s Thx bud,
Lew Thx
Joe Thx so much, it is a retractable power strip for blenders or such. Got it at rockler. “Power Strip. “

They have one with USB charger in it as well. USB

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 01-31-2016 10:07 PM

Thx, Paul it has been long,
Thx Joe, see above
Thx Tex
Doc, thx it was in garage, shop everywhere. Was hard to move by myself. Wish I had a b in shop lol
Thx Bob, Dale & jg

Means alot coming from you guys.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 01-31-2016 10:30 PM

Absolutely top notch Ken.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 01-31-2016 10:42 PM

That’s really beautiful work sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 01-31-2016 11:46 PM


-- Be yourself everyone else is already taken.

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