Curly Maple & Cherry Kitchen

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Project by SteveC posted 11-14-2011 05:08 AM 5334 views 23 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Long time coming but finally done.
I started design of this kitchen 2 years ago for a new house I built. For various reasons the kitchen was placed on the back burner for other projects. A year ago I managed to build and install the base cabinets and granite, now the uppers are in and all light fixtures etc installed, heck, even the kitchen window is trimmed out (only one in the house).

All cabinets are 3/4 pre-finished V.C. maple ply with haunched & beaded face frames & inset doors.
All hardware blum tandem and euro hinges with blum motion.
Blind corner is a Rev-A-shelf pull out blind corner unit and narrow pull out pantry to left of fridge.

Face frames and door frames are rift sawn hard maple. Panels are curly hard maple, book matched. Upper drawer fronts are cut form one quilted maple board.

Finish is a multi step dye. Yellow Trans-tint to even out color and soften the amber brown dye that follows. Coat of Linseed oil, Post cat sanding sealer and 2 coats of post cat lacquer (MLC Duravar).

Entire kitchen is meant to loosely follow a craftsman theme.

Window trim is 1-1/2 thick pine shop built on the TS. I plan on having shaper knives ground to reduce the labor required to produce the casing on the TS as it takes multiple setups. Finish on trim is MLC woodsong spray only stain, sanding sealer and 2 coats of post cat duravar.

Backsplash is random pattern slate mosaic tile with a little detail above the range I came up with to help break it up a bit. That’s a pot filler folded up behind the range.

Island is designed to accept a microwave drawer although it is not in place yet, just a normal micro.

Lighting behind the rain glass upper doors is 12v RGB LED tape lights with a programmable controller. I can program it to any shade I want, program a vast array of custom colors that cycle through a program or let it cycle through the preset shades.

Under cabinets lighting is high intensity 12v LED tape light. Both RGB and under cab warm white have dimmable wireless wall mounted controllers so no wiring needed to be fished through walls.

Range hood insert is a 700CFM Kobe IN2636SQB insert. Ran a new 8” duct through the roof even though the HVAC guys roughed in a 6”. Kobe calls for 8” so I figured “do it right the first time”, Mike Homes would be proud;)

Think that about sums it up. Great experience, glad it’s over. Hardest part was perfecting the design before I wasted any wood gaining experience the hard way :)

-- Steve in Kemptville On. Canada

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 05:27 AM

Well worth the wait! What a gorgeous kitchen.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 05:28 AM

Beautiful kitchen.

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 05:51 AM

way 2 busy

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 06:01 AM

Nice job, stacked cabinets are a nice detail. I hate to tell you though that the kitchen table is pretty pale by comparison….I think I know what your next project will be.

-- Paul

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#5 posted 11-14-2011 06:01 AM

I think it is beautiful, and would love to have it in my home. Amazing, well done.

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#6 posted 11-14-2011 06:02 AM

Beautiful job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 11-14-2011 06:06 AM

nice!! love the lighted upper cabinets!

-- WrenchsWoodworks

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#8 posted 11-14-2011 06:31 AM

where did you get your under cabinet lights from?

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#9 posted 11-14-2011 10:02 AM

Well done! That is one heck of a fine kitchen!

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#10 posted 11-14-2011 02:08 PM

Beautiful project! You have some beautiful wood in your cabinets. Only two types of people can have a kitchen this nice. Very rich people and those few craftsmen who can build them. I looked at your other projects and your construction skills are first rate. Just ignore Moron, his name says it all…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 11-14-2011 03:00 PM

The RGB color changing LED lights came from part # NFLS-RGB150.
The warm white is from part number wwrf5050-60-reel.
I used an RGB driver from Environmental to power the RGB light strips from superbright as they were the only ones that had the wallmount controller and a programmable RGB controller for a reasonable price with the features I wanted. What I really wanted was to be able to program a warm white from the RGB and have them stay that way (to match the under cab). In reality, I usually leave them on a color change cycle to slowly change, it just looks cool ;)

The Warm white strips are bright as you need for under cab, no need for the double row they are only a little brighter and double the power. I have 2 60w power supplies, one for the RGB and one for the warm whites.
Total length of RGB is about 15” each cabinet (2 doors except corner cab). Under cab runs the entire lenght of the uppers including under the range hood.

-- Steve in Kemptville On. Canada

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#12 posted 11-14-2011 03:07 PM

Hal, Moron is entitled to his opinion and in a way I can understand where he’s coming from. There’s a lot going on with the figured maple and the dye really made some of the panels, especially the base cabs, quite bold. Even so the uppers and lower seem to balance, heavier figure down low, ligher up top with the range hood being a little more bold.

I mentioned to my friend Moron (nice handle) previously it looks different in person, more subdued if you will and I still stand by that.

No matter what, customer is always right and this customer likes the end result;)

-- Steve in Kemptville On. Canada

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#13 posted 11-14-2011 03:59 PM

Fine work. You should be proud. Thanks for showing it.

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#14 posted 11-14-2011 05:21 PM

A great lookng Kitchen, enjoy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 11-14-2011 05:35 PM

That is very nice. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mark C.

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