Kitchen reno coming together nicely after 2 years!

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Project by MadMark posted 03-01-2016 10:58 PM 1409 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I had to go on disability a couple years back and I moved in with a friend of mine. His kitchen was a jumble of half melted particle board and general yuk.

I made a deal with my friend that if he would allow me to use 1/2 (more like 1/4) the garage that I would redo his kitchen with quality cabs.

The first step in redoing the kitchen is building a cabinet shop!

When I moved in I had zero woodworking tools and had to start from cold zero.

Flash forward two years … the shop is established, running tight and fully equipped. Due to pension limitations the tools have been purchased on an ‘as needed’ basis. Start with cheap (but not too cheap) tools and upgrade as needed. The TS is the exception.

The first bank of cabs is assembled and awaiting sanding & final finish.

The carcase’s are full 3/4” birch ply. The face frames, drawer fronts and doors are all from 4/4×6” jatoba and milled as required. In addition to the above casing trim and cover trim details were also milled.

The drawer boxes and inserts are all oak with oak ply bottoms. The fronts for the entire row of drawers are cut from one board and in grain order. Jatoba has almost a 3D grain esp with the rounded drip edge.

No metal is used in the construction of the drawers, doors, or carcase’s. Everything is biscuited, the carcase, face frame and door panels. The face frames use #0 biscuits while everything else uses #20. The one exception is the shelf cleats which are screwed in to allow repositioning of the internal shelf. The shelves are cut 1/8” under for an easy fit.

The top of the carcase is supported by the sides to seal the box and to provide greater static carry in the event my friend wants concrete or stone for the top.

Each door was made from a single board to insure the best possible color match. Jatoba is orange fresh off the saw but rapidly darkens to an almost burgandy shade. The panels were glued up and edged with the router. Spaceballs were used to keep the panels centered and to prevent rattling.

Jatoba is hard enough to tap for machine screws. All of the frame stiles were predrilled and tapped with #8-32 making hinge installation a snap.

Blum 1/2” full overlay soft close hinges are used with felt pads on the door corners.
Pulled the old cabs out, cleaned up the base and installed the first bsnk of cabs. Waiting on drawer slides and hinges. Cust is pleased.


More to come …

-- Madmark - [email protected]

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#1 posted 03-02-2016 01:20 AM


Great work!

Great come-back!

You’re off to a very good start!

Looking forward to seeing the whole kitchen!

Keep it up!


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