Kitchen Remodel

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Project by wiskeyweasel posted 08-28-2015 04:01 PM 1193 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As per usual, the wife wanted another room in the house updated. This time it was the big room! Old cabinets were the typical oak/particle board crap, with Formica tops and a hideous back splash, so a full tear out was needed.

The cases are primarily pre-finished birch ply, which is awesome stuff to work with btw. The frames, doors, and trim are all soft maple. The doors and drawers are mitered and big ass 2 1/2” and 1 3/4” router bits were used to profile them. Then everything was sprayed with a light brown shot of dye, and seal up with thinned shellac. Then black glaze was applied and a satin poly finish was sprayed.

Drawers are maple as well with 1/2” finger joints riding on full extension ball bearing slides.

The granite is something new for me. I have a friend that suggested I give it a try, and through a mutual friend, I got it all at cost. Found out real fast that granite installers are making a freakin killing on this stuff. Basically, if you can cut a sheet of plywood with skill saw, accurately, then you can do granite work. It’s ridiculously simple. It comes pre-polished, with a bull nose on the front and one end, so all you need to do is cut, lay and level, and join the joints with epoxy or resin. The only difficult part about granite is moving it. This shit is heavy! Like 300lbs a sheet! So bring friends and supply beer. It’s also a bit fragile, and has to be transported on edge, so you’ll need a simple stand for the truck to haul it.

Anyway, the wife digs it, I learned some new skills, and the return on investment is gonna be good. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 08-28-2015 04:37 PM

Wow! Nice job sir!
I have never worked with the pre-finsihed birch. Nice to hear it went well for you.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#2 posted 08-28-2015 04:59 PM

Your cabinets really look good!

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#3 posted 08-28-2015 10:38 PM

Agree, that’s a real nice job.

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#4 posted 08-29-2015 12:56 PM

Outstanding job

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#5 posted 08-29-2015 01:16 PM

Great work. I love the wood combination.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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