Pantry unit, start of kitchen remodel

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Project by savannah505 posted 06-15-2010 02:18 AM 2768 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well howdy all, this is a pantry unit for a kitchen remodel job I’m doing. I haven’t built kitchen cabinets in almost 15 years, I know my projects show a kitchen job from about 6 months ago, but the cabinets were made in China and I just put them together, installed them and did the stone work, and built the dining table. But this job I’m doing it all, cabinets and granite tops. This is the first cabinet to go in, I built a 4 X 8 vacuum table for doing large panels and had a helluva time getting it to seal properly, I ended up making teflon guides to fit on the end of a silicone caulking tube that laid out a 3/8 wide square bead of silicone to form a double gasket on the top frame that sits on the 3” wide neoprene gasket that is attached to the table top. It took 6 tries and 10 tubes of silicone to eventually get it right. I was going to write an article on how to do all this, but I just don’t have time. I built the vacuum system too. The cabinets for this are made of plywood, veneered with curly maple and smoked eucalyptus stripes. Finished with Dupont catalyzed urethane, as you might be able to see, the gloss finish is amazing, doing only 4 coats. I wish you could all see it in person, so smooth and the deepest look, it really brings out the beauty of the wood, and is very durable. Nothing beats the catalyzed urethane for durability and looks, and is much quicker than other products that would take many more coats to achieve this. It is dry to the touch in 10 minutes or less, especially in this heat were having down here right now in Florida. I’ll throw in a few pics of the vacuum table and system, I have the top on a pulley system so that it lifts up out of the way. I’ll show the whole kitchen later when complete. The pantry will get stainless wire handles about 8 inches in length when they come in. Thanks for looking. – Dan

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 06-15-2010 02:25 AM

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#2 posted 06-15-2010 02:34 AM

Wow Dan that looks Great!! I can’t wait to see the kitchen it when its complete.

Sure looks like a master piece to me !!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#3 posted 06-15-2010 02:39 AM

Dan, Those pantry panels are awesome. Love your choice of woods and finish. I’m like Rj, can’t wait to see the kitchen when it’s complete. Keep us posted.

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#4 posted 06-15-2010 03:24 AM

Hey buddy;

It’s looking real good. VERY nice finish!

I can’t wait to see the finished project. (I’m sure you’re pretty anxious, too).


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 06-15-2010 04:06 AM

Wow! It’s like having high end furniture in the kitchen. That curly maple looks amazing. Great work Dan, I cant wait to see the rest of the kitchen

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#6 posted 06-15-2010 04:46 AM

hey there dan…there isnt anything better then the smile of a happy wood worker..your cabinets are fantastic..i can see that finish your talking about and can almost feel how smooth it is…its always great to do a custom job of this caliber..and i look forward to seeing the finished job…enjoy the work…great vacuum system…i think rj has something similar , great minds think a like…...grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 06-15-2010 05:17 AM

Beautiful wood and work! So, when can you come up to Maryland and do my cabinets?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 06-15-2010 10:51 AM

very nice , dan ,
and welcome back to the whole enchilada .

you do some awesome work !

the table sucks (LOL) !

i wish i had one .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 06-15-2010 01:07 PM

Really gorgeous looking wood. It is going to be a very ritzy kitchen when you are all done.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#10 posted 06-15-2010 01:36 PM

looks good dan..glad you’ve got work !

-- bill

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#11 posted 06-16-2010 05:11 AM

This is just AWESOME!!! I wish I could have something like that! Just tooo cool!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#12 posted 06-16-2010 11:35 AM

very nice ,,, enjoyed reading about your work and seeing the result

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 09-24-2010 01:52 PM

Wow, you are set up to do really neat work. The pantry unit is beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!!

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

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