Mike and Pat's Kitchen Remodel #2: The Plan

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 08-07-2014 03:57 PM 2348 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The time has finally come to remodel our kitchen. I have been building a few cabinets for other people but now it is our turn.

We bought this house in the summer of 1987. It was four years old. But now it is paid for, the kids have flown the coop, and we can finally redo the kitchen. My wife has an idea of what she wants so that is the way it will be. :-)

After a lot of research and head scratchin’, here are a few of the basic things that will be incorporated.

  • Knotty Alder for the face frames, doors and drawer fronts
  • Doors and drawer fronts to be outsourced – most likely Evans Custom Cabinet Doors, Brenham, Tx
  • 5/8 inch drawer boxes with dovetail joints in front, dado back.
  • 3/4 inch prefinished birch plywood for the upper cabinets (top, bottom, sides, shelves) w/ 1/2 inch prefinished backs.
  • Blum soft close door hinges
  • General Finishes Colonial Maple gel stain w/ Van Dyke glaze added
  • Final finish to be determined later
  • New rectangular sink to replace dual existing 90 deg basin sink
  • Custom utensil drawer
  • Dual pull out trash bin receptacles
  • Full extension soft close drawer slides
  • New diagonal corner cabinets with lazy Susan in each upper cabinet corner (two)
  • New cabinet above refrigerator (lots of storage)
  • New countertop (Silstone)

I don’t have actual CAD drawings to go by other than plans for the corner cabinets drawn by MobilePaul. I do have sketches on graph paper that will work just fine. All I need is the idea and the measurements of the wall and cabinet size.

If all goes well, my workflow should go something like this.

  1. Remove upper cabs. I have already found a new home for them. My son in laws mom & dad are coming to pick them up. He will be putting them in his shop.
  2. Run new electrical as needed – an electrician will be doing this; not me.
  3. Build face frames, stain and put a coat or two of finish on them. My wife is doing that.
  4. Build cabinet carcases and attach face frames with pocket screws. No screws will be visible.
  5. Install diagonal corner cabinets first and work out from there.
  6. Apply glaze and final clear finish.
  7. Install microwave in it’s new location and plug it in!!!
  8. Install new vent hood over stove.

After the upper cabs are complete and installed, we will turn our attention to the lower ones.
Hope to have everything done in time for Thanksgiving dinner! At least that is the plan.
Stay tuned. Lots of pics to follow.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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