1st cabinet project

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Project by dan_fash posted 05-05-2009 06:07 PM 1615 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first cabinet building experience. Just before getting married, we bought this little house that was mid renovation. Everything from the drywall out had been updated. I purchased the right to lay floors, build a kitchen, texture walls, finish electrical and all finish plumbing (except the toilet.) in the process, I learned to tear down walls, build proper headers, refinish hard-wood floors, repair sub-floors, tile, grout, etc. I don’t think I’ll buy another 1940 house with no other place to live again. what should have taken a few months of my evenings and weekends turned into almost 3 years. As for the kitchen featured here, I did have some help but most of the work is mine. The cabinet boxes are Ash veneer MDF, the face frame drawer fronts and doors are Solid ash. I had the doors done in a local door shop (my wife really wanted her kitchen done.) The drawer boxes are Baltic Birch ply. Counter top is 12” granite floor tile with Ash bull-nose border, and back splash is slate. Finish was wiped stain, and 3 coats of aquaplastic semigloss

-- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most logical explantion is that I was made for another world." -C.S. Lewis

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#1 posted 05-05-2009 06:20 PM

Really very great project.
Excellent work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 05-05-2009 06:32 PM

Excellent final result. I can’t believe that’s your first kitchen!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 05-05-2009 07:43 PM

Lots of nice details! I’m starting to do my first kitchen, and it is a big project. Congratulations!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 05-05-2009 07:48 PM

Very well done great project


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#5 posted 05-06-2009 12:40 AM

Very nice…. I sure hope my kitchen project somes out as well….. Great job…


-- Happy and safe woodworking, [email protected]

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#6 posted 05-06-2009 01:17 AM

Nice set of cabinets for the first time. You did a great job. Keep up the good work.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 05-06-2009 02:31 AM

I hope I’m as lucky on my first set! Are you sure you didn’t buy these?

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#8 posted 05-06-2009 03:35 AM

That living where you work and working where you live is not fun is it. Very nice build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#9 posted 05-06-2009 04:07 PM

It was a blessing that a man from my church who had built kitchens for many years took me under his wing, and really instructed me well in how to do this. I’ve since done several smaller projects that I can only account to his his great teaching. Ive now passed his lessons on to at least 3 younger guys in my church

-- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most logical explantion is that I was made for another world." -C.S. Lewis

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#10 posted 05-07-2009 12:53 AM

Nice work on the cabinets.

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