First cabinets #4: On the home stretch

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Blog entry by Mark Gipson posted 06-14-2009 12:31 PM 1923 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Almost there with the kitchen cabinets. Today I was able to install them, fit the top and appliances and start using them. There are only 2 things left to complete this project, build and install the kick plate and the cabinet door. The door may have to wait a little while as I don’t have a drill press yet. I don’t fancy trying to drill the 35mm hole for the hinges with a hand drill. I am looking at the limited choice of drill presses here at the moment, so far a Performax 12” bench top model is leading the field.


This is by far my biggest and most challenging project so far. I’m not trying to complete with you guys that make these all day, I really just wanted to have something to cook on inside the house! Before building this we only had a large wok sized burner outside, perfect for cooking Thai food but no good for trying to simmer something for a couple of hours.

Total cost for materials worked out at around $100 US, not bad at all.

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#1 posted 06-14-2009 01:40 PM

Good result Mark. Hope you post it with the door and kickplate on. Have to envy your being able to cook outside every day though. It must be really nice there.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-14-2009 01:43 PM

Not a bad effort at all Mark…...looking good.

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#3 posted 06-14-2009 02:07 PM

Thanks guys. I’m really pleased to have somewhere to cook inside now and having more than one burner is going to make cooking some western food so much easier. We live in a rented house at the moment so I am not putting too much effort into the kitchen. I do need more storage space though and I am thinking of building a mobile storage cabinet that can double as a bread making / prep station. Does anybody have any good plans for such a thing?

After we build our own place I will be able to move these cabinets and have them set up again in no time while I build a full kitchen for our new house.

Is it nice to be able to cook outside most of the time. I have a nice gas BBQ outside made by an American run firm in Thailand. They custom made one for me with a large burner on the side which is perfect for Thai cooking. It can get a wok smoking hot in an about 15 seconds but will burn anything you don’t stir just as quick.

I will post this as a finished project once the door is built and fitted. I need to do some research on what drill presses are available here. I don’t want to buy the Performax as they are a defunct brand, I will probably end up with a Chinese import but at least they are sturdy and spares are available.

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 03:55 PM

Nice work on the cabinets, Mark.

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 01:28 PM

beautiful and elegant

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#6 posted 07-02-2015 01:29 PM

Nice proportions

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#7 posted 07-02-2015 01:29 PM

What are your ideas for the door on the front of the gas bottle?

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#8 posted 07-02-2015 01:30 PM

What wood did you use for the top?... any thoughts on inlaying some granite or limestone in the future?

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#9 posted 07-02-2015 01:42 PM

This is looking very nice, Mark. You are doing a nice job.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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