Phase 3 Kitchen Remodel Cold Wall Cabinetry Complete.

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We relocated the kitchen from another, adjacent area, to its current location. The original kitchen was old and tired and cried out for updating. Since the wall framing was exposed during the remodel, blocking for attaching the cabinets was added thereby avoiding the headache of measuring for wall studs inside the cabinets during installation. The new kitchen features a cedar tongue and groove ceiling, stranded bamboo floors, and a Bloodwood breakfast bar with seating for 3. With all this work completed and after relocating the old cabinetry and countertops to the new kitchen, it was time to build new cabinets; cold wall first in three phases where Phase 1 and Phase 2 were previously posted.

Walnut, finished with a 3 coats of Helmsman Clear Gloss Spar Urethane, was the choice of cabinetry exterior wood. The interior is made from red oak, since I have quite a bit. The box construction is all ¾” red oak plywood from Menards (a local home center). Where the plywood face is exposed, walnut plywood from a local hardwood lumber dealer was used. The boxes are joined with tongue and dado joinery. Frame and panels were integrated into the construction of the cabinet boxes where the ends are visible. Upper cabinet doors and upper end panels feature an arch with ½” straight shoulders where the arched rail meets the stiles and the height of the arch at its center is 1”. Where size permitted, frame and panel drawer front were applied to the dovetailed drawer boxes.

The upper cabinet face frames feature no center stile, making access to the contents of the upper cabinets easier. The doors are raised panel rail and stile construction and a 3 degree bevel was added where the doors meet upon closing. Three Blum 38N Compact Soft Close ½” overlay hinges were used to hang each door. Stopped coves were milled on the back of the the rails or stiles as finger pulls in lieu of surface mounted door and drawer pulls. The upper cabinets are 36” high and offer three solid oak adjustable shelves. Under cabinet LED strip light was added to illuminate countertop surfaces.

The wine racks were separately built cabinets from walnut plywood with solid walnut edges banding on the center wine bottle shelves. The wine rack cabinets were attached to the upper cabinets at a 45 degree angle and function to provide enough room to open the upper cabinet doors without interference from the walnut plywood refrigerator surround.

The base cabinets include three drawers each and operate on soft close Knapp and Vogt MuV34 under-mount drawer slides. EZ Level cabinet levels were installed on the base cabinets, allowing the front and back of the cabinets to be leveled by a turn of a screw from behind the toe kick at the front of the cabinets.

A simple two layer crown moulding was applied to the upper cabinets and the refrigerator surround. The base layer was a 2-1/2” x 5/8” thick cove moulding applied flat to the upper cabinets. The second layer is 1-1/2” x 5/8” thick cove moulding applied to the base moulding. The moulding is from walnut that when jointing the first face of the rough lumber, the board was too thin for use elsewhere on the cabinets.

The misses include the interior depth of the upper cabinets. The upper cabinets offer an interior depth of 11-3/4” rather than 12”. When designing the remaining as yet unbuilt upper cabinets, this oversight will be corrected. The second miss was that I became confused when installing the base layer of the crown moulding resulting in a couple of pieces being cut too short. This required splices which I had hoped to avoid. Fortunately I remained focused on the outer layer of moulding and avoided mistakes where they would be far more noticeable. Of course those old, tried, and hacked up countertops detract from the cabinets. But new countertops will eventually come; if I live long enough to finish all the cabinets.

The hot wall cabinetry is on the drawing board and the wet wall cabinets will follow after that. We have yet to figure out how to effectively take advantage the deep angle recesses on each side of the refrigerator surround. I suspect some form of storage cabinets that sets on top of the countertop may occupy that space. But that decision will wait until after new countertops are installed.

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#1 posted 06-21-2017 01:12 AM

Very attractive kitchen.Nice work on it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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