The Kitchen at 404 Blackaby Street, part 1

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 11-12-2007 04:32 AM 2959 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we bought this house we knew the kitchen had to be special. It went through several renditions and finally I said,”Enough!!! let’s build it!” I tore the old kitchen out and threw it out the window on Labor day. 2006!! I finally got the dumb thing finished last week, well, almost. I still have to do the east part which is like a dining room and one strip of trim on the beam.
When we bought this house we thought it was a normal house. When we started on the first room we found that it was single wall construction. The is 1 x wide boards nailed up and down and sideing on the out side running lengthwise with a plate on top. NO Studs. It’s only been here about 100 years so it must work. So the first business is to build a stud wall on the floor and sheet it with OSB. It is then stood up against the wall and wedged and shimmed until it is really tight then screwed to the 1 bys going up and down. Then I put in the new window and re- wire it. In the kitchen I did three walls this way so I could put in plenty of electric outlets and new circuits. I also insulated all three walls so if someone is sleeping the noise in the kitchen won’t bother them. The walls were then sheetrocked and finished. Carleen textured the ceiling and some of the walls. For over a year Carleen washed dishes in the deep sink in the utility room.
She picked Sapele for the wood and insisted on inset doors. (That’s the other thing I still have to do; go back and reset some doors and finish up on the drawers.) The shoemakers kids and all that. This old house is so crooked that in some places the floor dropped 1 1/2 inches. Luckily it was in a corner where it was possible to block it up and ignore it. I would have loved to do crown molding but the ceiling is too low and crooked. The cabinets are my basic type. 3/4 plywood cases with 1/2 inch ply backs, 1 1/2 inch face frames and pocket screw construction. The bases are seprate and are pocket screwed to the floor. The drawers are 5/8 maple with Acuride Eclipse EC slides and dovetailed on all 4 corners. The pulls are from Advance Hardware in Boise and from the Avante collection. I’ll detailed the carved leather door panels in part 2.
Carleen and I had never installed tile. Not our area, That one belongs to son-in-law, Bob. He was busy so we muddled along and sorta learned how. Carleen insisted on a dishwasher and garbage disposal. I asked her what she and ol’ Moondog were going to do?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#1 posted 11-12-2007 04:52 AM

very nice … very nice … very nice

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

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#2 posted 11-12-2007 04:54 AM

Super job, Tom! That was a major undertaking and you did an outstanding job of it. I’ll bet you’re glad to be coming down the home stretch on this.

Those leather panels are beautiful.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 11-12-2007 05:09 AM

Great Thos. You and Carleen did a great job. She probably requested the dishwasher after you made her do dishes in a laundry sink for over a year.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 11-12-2007 05:24 AM

exelent job ! the sapele is so sweet . it has become real popular around my area in the past year. really exelent job thos.

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#5 posted 11-12-2007 05:32 AM

Beautiful kitchen Thos!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#6 posted 11-12-2007 05:32 AM

Beautiful kitchen. Your wife has excellent taste, and she obviously knows how to get good work out of the hired help. :-)

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

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#7 posted 11-12-2007 05:43 AM

Very nice craftsmanship, a beautiful kitchen. Great looking.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 11-12-2007 06:11 AM

Fantastic from floor to ceiling.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#9 posted 11-12-2007 07:02 AM

Good stuff. I like the inset doors.

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#10 posted 11-12-2007 07:48 AM

Thanks Dennis, I appreciate your opinion.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 11-12-2007 08:39 AM

Boy, Tom, those sure are some gorgeous cabinets! Love the leather tooling, too! Were you Stohlman’s protege? The tooling is as top-notch as the rest of the cabinets. It sure accents the rustic look!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#12 posted 11-12-2007 12:05 PM

The finished product was worth the wait. Love the leather panels.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#13 posted 11-12-2007 12:42 PM

it’s beautiful indeed. Sounds like quite the process to get it to this. Yikes.

I am envious of the counter space.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 11-12-2007 02:37 PM

Marc, I never worked with Stohlman but one of my mentors, Dick Swanson was the last of the Miles City-Cogshall apprentices. He learned from Ken Griffin who put out books for Tandy before Stohlman. Ken worked at Miles City when Dick was in high school and at the time Carl Wilson owned it.( Wilson Boots) I worked for Dick at Wyoming Saddlery and at Swanson Saddlery both in Cody, Wyoming.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 11-12-2007 03:32 PM

Looks like you nailed it! Great job.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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