Kitchen Countertops in Sapele #4: Nearly done

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Blog entry by edapp posted 12-01-2017 01:03 PM 1251 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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We have been living with the kitchen for a little over 60 days and I finally have the cabinet doors and drawers installed (no knobs or pulls yet…). There are still some alignment issues to address, and some doors need to be cut down just a hair. I decided to use the blum compact hinge which does not have quite the ease or range of adjustment that the full size hinges have. I think this was a good decision, despite the pain that it makes installing an aligning the doors. Cabinet doors I made with poplar and 1/4” birch panels, very simple square profile, panel grooves made on the table saw and assembled with domino tenons. Drawer fronts are the same profile, but with a 1/2” panel. I bought the festool domino with this kitchen project in mind, and as an excuse. It made tackling 33 doors/drawer fronts a three day weekend endeavor which I can say with certainty would not have happened (for me) with other joinery methods. Hard to argue against the efficiency of this machine.

There are no scratches, stains or other marks that I can find on the countertops. We have not been “careful” other than to avoid hot plates and pans which is pretty standard. Have let standing water dry on the counters probably most nights, and it wipes right off the next day. Very happy with the general finishes products (arm r seal) for this application. I have received may compliments by guests and a few “price is not a factor” commission requests that I can’t believe I might consider. I really floundered through this countertop project, but doing it a second time should be much easier right?

Here are some pictures of the “nearly done” kitchen. It came a long way from the beige linoleum floor, navy blue corian countertops and sink, non-functional appliances and swelling mdf cabinet doors. Wish I had taken more “before” pictures!

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 12-01-2017 04:36 PM

This looks very impressive and must be a great improvement on what you had before. Well done!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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