Lesli's Kitchen

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Project by mtnbikecrash posted 02-11-2008 08:07 PM 2436 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this kitchen for my family’s new home that we built. In addition to General Contracting the home and many other construction type activities, I also did all of the wood work, trim, and cabinets for this house.

As mostly a woodworking hobbyist, this was my first real cabinet project of any size. I had a lot of fun with this one. The cabinets are all soft maple, (got a good deal on some natural soft maple), and then finished with a 6 step process including a black glaze.

-- JD - Sand Springs, OK - "You can't steer a car that isn't moving..." Unknown

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 08:21 PM

The workmanship looks fantastic!

I’m not personally a fan of the glazed look, but I know it is very popular right now

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

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#2 posted 02-11-2008 08:24 PM

Very nice Job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-11-2008 08:27 PM

It sure doesn’t look like a hobbyist did them! Nice job!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 02-11-2008 08:57 PM

Lesli is very lucky
This is beautiful AND very functional.. Let’s get cookin.

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

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 10:07 PM

Great looking kitchen. How did you do the columns by the sink and cook top? Did you use a Legacy Mill?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 02-11-2008 10:13 PM

great work !

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

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 10:29 PM

Thanks to all for the comments.

cajumpen – I hand carved them!! I WISH… I actually just spent the bucks and bought two columns already milled and just split them in half for each side of the sink and cooktop. I would have loved to have been able to say that I either milled them or carved them myself, but not this time. Maybe when I have a whole lot of time and a lot more skill.

-- JD - Sand Springs, OK - "You can't steer a car that isn't moving..." Unknown

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 02-11-2008 10:52 PM

That is a lot of work just in design let alone building them. Why didn’t you put some of the columns in the island? That black glaze ties in the counter top real nice.

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#9 posted 02-11-2008 11:30 PM

dennis – thanks for the comments. I wanted to incorporate some of the furniture style feet and pendants into the design of the island to give it that furniture look, rather than that of a cabinet. Also, I didn’t want to over do it with the roped columns. If I would have gone with a little longer overhang for the island/bar side, I probably would have supported it with two matching columns.

-- JD - Sand Springs, OK - "You can't steer a car that isn't moving..." Unknown

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 02-12-2008 12:47 AM

This is an outstanding job. The turnings, corbels and the onlay really adds details that you just done find in many kitchens today. I like the tile work as well. This is the type of kitchen that I like- it is more of a country kitchen.

Do you happen to know the room dimension?

Very nice job with all phases of the process.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 02-12-2008 01:04 AM

Great layout, workmanship and finishing. I’ll bet your wife is happy with that job.

About how long did it take you to build, finish and install the cabinets?

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#12 posted 02-12-2008 02:18 AM


-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 02-12-2008 02:31 AM

A very interesting finish, don’t think I’ve seen that before…hummmm. Over all I have to say a very nicely done kitchen…and a very big kitchen too. Great work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#14 posted 02-12-2008 05:33 AM

Again, all of your comments are appreciated.

Scott Bryan – The room dimensions are about 16×25 which includes the “eat-in” dining room. The kitchen also includes a full brick fireplace just out of the picture which is centered with the island.

MtnManMEP – I don’t even know that I could come up with a total hours count on this one. It was spread over such a long time it would be hard to even estimate it. I think I do remember that the initial design and box construction took me about a month. We actually finished the rest of the house and moved in with no drawers and no doors. I finally finished the doors and drawers including finishing process about 6 months after we moved in. My wife was pretty happy at that point…

-- JD - Sand Springs, OK - "You can't steer a car that isn't moving..." Unknown

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#15 posted 02-12-2008 01:39 PM

Awsome kitchen Jason. Love the glaze finish and the level of detail is great. There’s enough to keep your eyes moving and your interest up without looking like it’s overdone. Definitely worth the wait.

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

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