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Project by Richard posted 10-12-2019 08:29 PM 1689 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The old kitchen was built in place painted white cabinets. When I bought my current home I knew they were going to go. I then got the silly idea to remodel the kitchen myself. I did most of the work myself. The only parts I subbed out were the counter tops and moving a gas line.
The cabinets are build out of cherry veneered plywood with the exception of the face frames and doors. I used solid cherry for those. I also did the coffered ceiling and the barn door. I will post a separate project for the door. This was my first time laying out a room /project in a CAD program. It was a must to get all the sizes and openings right. LED lights built into the tops and bottoms of the upper cabinets. I will tell you one thing. Sanding all the door and drawer rails and stiles tried my patience.

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#1 posted 10-12-2019 09:39 PM

I’ve never seen anyone tile all the way up the wall like that (not sure if I like it or not…) but the cupboards are outstanding and I will be visiting the barn door post as soon as you get it posted!
I have a project similar to this with built-in cabinets in the kitchen in my store but I may have to tear them out to do the new electrical and insulation, making it a moot point. I do have a 3-spindle shaper headed my way at some point so am already looking for projects that will allow me to practice on my own needs before I reach out to the public.
Thanks for sharing!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#2 posted 10-12-2019 11:09 PM

Nice looking kitchen and great cabinets.

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#3 posted 10-13-2019 12:57 AM

nice kitchen remodel,looks great but as mike said ive never seen tile done like that before,maybe a little too much.otherwise i like what i see,those pull outs on the side of the stove,great idea.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 10-13-2019 10:23 AM

that has a modern country look – I like all of it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 10-13-2019 10:39 AM

A huge project. I really like the barn doors.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 10-13-2019 02:53 PM

Nice kitchen remodeling. I also like the pull outs on either side of stove. Great Idea.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 10-13-2019 07:59 PM

Its nice I like it.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#8 posted 10-14-2019 01:32 AM

Looks fantastic. Nice work.

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#9 posted 10-14-2019 02:43 AM

You have to feel enormous satisfaction completing such a stunning kitchen yourself! Thanks for sharing.


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#10 posted 10-14-2019 04:13 AM


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#11 posted 10-14-2019 10:51 AM

This was my first time laying out a room /project in a CAD program. It was a must to get all the sizes and openings right.

I know, right? And even then you’ll make mistakes…

I will tell you one thing. Sanding all the door and drawer rails and stiles tried my patience.

Oh. My. Yes. Tedious in the extreme. It’s why so many companies spend a lot of money on wide belt sanders and rotary denibbers. And robots.

Great project! Very well done.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#12 posted 10-19-2019 03:10 PM

Very nice work! I’m sure there’s a great deal of satisfaction bringing that to completion and being able to admire your own handiwork every day.

While I feel you on sanding, I’ll give you my process and you can take it or leave it.

First I plane to just one or two hundredths oversize. Familiarity with my planer means that batches done at different times come out precisely the same thickness.

Second, I edge sand on a stationary oscillating belt sander, but that’s the only sanding I do on the rails and stiles before assembly.

I sand panels to finished smoothness before assembly.

I mill the rail and stile material, cope the rails and assemble the doors. But here’s the key, in my mind: I spend as much time as it takes on scrap material to ensure that the rails and stiles are precisely flush. However long it takes it will never be as long as sanding smooth mismatched rails and stiles. I keep a set of samples that I work from to dial in the router precisely. I also have the luxury of two router tables, so I can leave them both set up, one for routing the profile, the other for coping the rails.

If I’ve been meticulous with the router setups, I can sand the faces of the door frames with two passes with a ROS, once with 100 grit to ensure absolute smoothness of the joints, and a second with 150 grit to bring it to finished smoothness. That assumes spraying lacquer. For other finishes, you’ll probably want to take it to 220.

A little edge sanding on the top and bottom, some roundovers/chamfers on the edges, and they’re ready for the spray booth.

Like I said, I hate sanding as much as anyone, so I’ve tailored my process to keep it to a minimum

Anyway, take it for what it’s worth.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#13 posted 10-27-2019 01:25 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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