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Blog series by MT_Stringer updated 12-26-2013 02:57 AM 8 parts 17108 reads 56 comments total

Part 1: The Plan

09-29-2013 03:46 AM by MT_Stringer | 0 comments »

What started as a leaking kitchen faucet has turned in to a kitchen remodel. However, I convinced my wife that before tearing up the kitchen, we should build a buffet in the dining room. If all goes well, then we will tackle the kitchen next year. We have been living in this house since July 1987. It has been paid for for several years and all of our kids are grown so it is just me and the missus. The cabinets are vintage 1983 oak but their time has come and gone. I don’t like the...

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Part 2: A good start

10-06-2013 11:48 PM by MT_Stringer | 8 comments »

Thank goodness my sweetie wanted to help with the build. She doesn’t worry about breaking a nail. :-) So, we removed the baseboard trim. She did have a little help. Next, I built the face frames and set them in place to check fit. We built the ladder frame, leveled it, and screwed it to the wall. Then we installed the toe kick and trimmed out the wall. We did have a “little” help. Ready to go. First cabinet built and set in place....

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Part 3: Basic Cabinet construction complete

10-09-2013 02:31 AM by MT_Stringer | 12 comments »

Today, I finished leveling the cabinets and screwed them together. Then they were screwed to the wall. Nice and solid. I still have to trim the two ends and do a little touch up painting. Next up are drawers, doors and drawer fronts. I bought a new rail and style router bit set so this will be a new venture for me. Same goes for the dovetail construction on the drawers. We also ordered the brick for the wall. It should be delivered in a week or so. The cabinets wil...

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Part 4: Raised Panel Doors - UGH!

10-18-2013 05:10 PM by MT_Stringer | 9 comments »

Well, it was a struggle, but I managed to mill the panels and assemble the doors. This was my first attempt at making the raised panel for the doors. That big ol’ bit is pretty scary. Note: I used a Bosch 1617 2 1/4hp router mounted in the table with the variable speed control turned down as low as it would go. First thing I realized is my dust port on the router fence was too small. So I decided to shim the fence with a couple of pieces of 3/4 inch melamine coated shelving. I cut...

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Part 5: Drawer Fronts and Brick!

10-26-2013 04:52 PM by MT_Stringer | 10 comments »

Time to make the frames for the drawer fronts. The pieces were narrow and some were small so I set up a featherboard to help safely guide the pieces past the cutter. They turned out nice. The drawer fronts will have flat panels. I could have used either plywood or mdf but NO! Instead, I glued up some short pieces of poplar, planed them to almost 3/8 inch thick, then ran them through the drum sander. Next, it was cut to final size, then rout a rabbit in the rear so the panels would fit i...

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Part 6: Drawer Construction

11-05-2013 01:59 AM by MT_Stringer | 2 comments »

It has been a struggle, but I finally managed to get the drawers built. I made drawer stock by gluing up discounted (50% off) lumber purchased at the lumber yard. They sell “shorts” – boards that are less than 48 inches in length in various widths. I made the drawers out of poplar with the exception of the pull out tray. It is maple. With the boards glued up, I then planed them to just over 5/8 inch. Then I switched to the drum sander and sanded them to 5/8 inch th...

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Part 7: Project complete

12-03-2013 05:33 AM by MT_Stringer | 11 comments »

We finally got our counter top installed and the brick grouted. A little caulk and touch up paint and we are through.Two very happy campers. Dovetail drawer construction. Silstone Tea Leaf counter top detail My bricklayer and cabinet door installer. If you go back to the first post, you will see the final pic is almost exactly like the plan. :-)

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Part 8: Buffet in Action for Christmas Dinner

12-26-2013 02:57 AM by MT_Stringer | 4 comments »

Our buffet is everything we expected it would be. We had a house full…and food running out of our ears.Here are a few pics of the buffet loaded down for action. This completes our project. This coming year, we are planning to remodel our kitchen.Thanks for looking.Mike

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