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Project by Elvin posted 02-17-2009 10:37 AM 2920 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first kitchen that I completed for my son and his wife when they bought a real fixer upper a couple of years ago. The kids did not have any budget left after their purchase and we had to gut the kitchen. My son asked what were they going to do and I told him I would make the cabinets. My son asked if I had ever made a cabinet before and I said “No, but how hard is it to make a box?” OK now all you guys and gals can stop laughing. It was one of those statements that you wish you never made but with a lot of books, videos and asking a lot of questions along with a lot of trial and error and did I mention error I meant errors, I finally finished them. I used Baltic Birch plywood with Alder wood face frames. It took me a lot longer than I anticipated But a seasoned cabinet maker told me, “El, your making kitchen cabinets not fine furniture”, and showed me some short cuts that really helped. I am very proud of the final product and so were the kids, which made it well worth while.

-- Elvin, Southern California, "How great would life be if we lived a little of it everyday"

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#1 posted 02-17-2009 02:42 PM

Nice job! I’ll bet your son loves them. What finish did you use?

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#2 posted 02-17-2009 02:56 PM

good job…...they look good and I’m sure your son and daughter in law are very proud of them and you….well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 02-17-2009 02:58 PM

Beautiful job. I am sure you learned a lot that can be applied to many future projects.

-- Scott in Texas

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#4 posted 02-17-2009 03:27 PM

they are beautifully

-- Joe, Ga

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#5 posted 02-17-2009 03:32 PM

I built my first set of kitchen cabinets last summer and I agree that it is a big undertaking. You can be proud of yourself for you success. Errors happen, it’s how you handle them that determins the final outcome. I strive for perfection, but have not achieved it yet.

Your cabinets look awsome and I know you learned a lot from the endeavor.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#6 posted 02-17-2009 04:29 PM

Wow! Those look great. It’s funny…every project I undertake, from redoing an entire room to painting a single bathroom, always takes me three months to complete. It’s sort of a running joke in my family. I have a feeling if I ever tried something like that I may have to allocate three months per box.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#7 posted 02-17-2009 04:33 PM

I was just looking at cabinets for the garage/shop and was scratching my head at the particle wood models that were absurdly priced. I think I might have to give it a go—your cabinets look fantastic! I don’t need anything near that pretty . . just something to utilize my space up overhead a bit better. Thanks for the great pics/inspiration!

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO -

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#8 posted 02-17-2009 04:49 PM

You did a good job. They don’t look home-built at all, which is to say they look like professionally-built cabinets (except you used better material than they would!).

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#9 posted 02-18-2009 01:23 AM

Great looking cabinets Chief! You did a very nice job on these. I am sure your son and wife were pleased. Thanks for posing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Les Hastings

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#10 posted 02-18-2009 04:16 AM

Well done Elvin!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#11 posted 02-18-2009 05:34 AM

Great job. I’m on my second set of kitchen cabinets. Last house and current house. My wife keeps asking when I’m going to be done. The base cabinets are in and I’m working on the drawer fronts.

Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 02-18-2009 06:03 AM

That’s a really great kitchen, especially for a first!

-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#13 posted 02-18-2009 06:05 AM

Excellent work Elvin. I’m getting ready to redo our kitchen. I’d be very interested in the ‘shortcuts’ you were shown.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#14 posted 02-18-2009 06:12 AM

Great Lookin Kitchen

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 02-19-2009 03:17 AM

Great job! I hope the kids enjoy their kitchen for years!
——-Dave, Rhode Island

-- dave, Rhode Island

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