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Blog series by MT_Stringer updated 11-15-2014 01:48 AM 10 parts 28537 reads 41 comments total

Part 1: "Before" Pics

08-07-2014 03:53 PM by MT_Stringer | 1 comment »

Here are a few pictures of our kitchen layout before demo started. Hopefully, the changes and updates we make will provide a Tuscany look, which is what SWMBO is asking for. These pics give an over view looking from left to right. Not a big kitchen, but not cramped either. Work has already started. More pics coming soon.

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Part 2: The Plan

08-07-2014 03:57 PM by MT_Stringer | 0 comments »

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 fo...

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Part 3: Demo Time!

08-08-2014 02:55 AM by MT_Stringer | 6 comments »

Phase 1 of the demo is complete. We will replace the uppers, put everything back in service, then replace the lower cabinets. The cabinets were installed with screws so it was a simple matter of removing the screws and taking the cabinets down. We did remove the doors, then put them back on after they were on the floor. Regardless of what you might see on the TV DIY shows, no cabinets were damaged in this demo! :) We now have a clean slate. a bit holey, but clean all the same. I plan to...

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Part 4: Building the Upper Cabinets

08-16-2014 05:08 AM by MT_Stringer | 4 comments »

We have been building the upper cabinets. Two more to go. The face frames are knotty alder stained with General Finishes Colonial Maple. After a couple of coats of clear finish they received a glaze application. General Finishes Van Dyke Brown did the trick. Then it was several more coats of Parks Pro Finishes Clear Satin. I lightly sanded between coats. I really like the way they turned out. The carcases are 3/4 inch prefinished birch with 1/2 inch backs. Each side is dadoed top and botto...

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Part 5: Installing the upper Cabinets

08-17-2014 11:28 PM by MT_Stringer | 9 comments »

Not bad for a lazy Sunday afternoon’s work. We have installed everything I have assembled. I will have to make a 1/8th – 3/16 inch filler strip to fit where the cabinet clamps are. I held off building the cabinet for above the refrigerator. I need some good measurements…and probably a thin filler strip also. Dang crooked walls. Getting old and having bad knees can make this work unpleasant at times. Fortunately, my helper still has plenty of get up and go! Plus it’s...

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Part 6: Lower Cabinets Demo

09-14-2014 06:18 PM by MT_Stringer | 1 comment »

We were fortunate that the lower cabinets were easy to remove. A handful of screws later, and they were out. We saved the sink demo for last so it could be used until the very end. The old cabinets now have a new place to call home. Actually, they are in two new locations. A couple of the cabinets and counter top went to our nephew for his garage. The others went to our son in law’s mom’s house for her craft room. We were pleased that they could be used and kept out of the land...

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Part 7: Lower Cabinet Construction and Installation

09-14-2014 07:23 PM by MT_Stringer | 4 comments »

With the old cabinets gone, it was time to build the new ones. Our plan includes ladder frames to help make leveling the cabinets easier. Also, the cabinet sides are cut 31 inches long which allows 6 sides per sheet of plywood. We had a little help shopping for the vinyl toe kick. :-) Gotta love those grandkids. Then it was time to build some boxes and set them in place. Everything turned out as planned. This cabinet has four small drawers and a dual trash can...

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Part 8: Drawer Construction

09-21-2014 09:49 PM by MT_Stringer | 3 comments »

We have had rain for several days as the remnants of the hurricane that hit the Baja has drifted over Texas and onto our heads! So I couldn’t go to the lumber yard. Instead, I went through my lumber rack and dug up all of the maple I could find and a few pieces of poplar. I managed to mill enough for the six top drawers. These drawers have 4 inch sides so there were a few pieces that got glued together and then milled. The drawer fronts have half blind dovetails. The rear of e...

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Part 9: Doors and drawer finished at last

11-07-2014 05:43 AM by MT_Stringer | 3 comments »

I have been slacking with updates. Here are some pics of the doors and drawer fronts. I ordered them from Evans Cabinet and Door in Brenham, Tx. They are some nice folks to deal with. Prices are competitive and the work is great. Last of the hardware installed. My sweetie had a special request for the utensil drawer. She showed me a pic on the internet and said “I want one like this in my kitchen”. I said OK. :-)Here is my version of it. It turned out nice...

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Part 10: Counter Tops at last

11-15-2014 01:48 AM by MT_Stringer | 10 comments »

It seemed like forever, but the counter tops have been installed and the plumbing is complete. Sure happy. Now all that is left is to install the brick backsplash and we will be through. Out with the old! Ready, set, go.

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