First Kitchen

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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 06-20-2008 04:13 AM 4242 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first kitchen cabinet project. It took me one year and ten months to complete this project working a couple of hours on weeknights and Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. To give you some idea of the scale of this kitchen…the island is 4 feet wide and 11 feet long. The homeowners wanted all drawers in the base cabinets and raised panel and glass doors on the uppers. I made over 100 drawers for the kitchen, laundry, master bath and two other baths and over 75 raised panels. The appliance garage features a tambour door.

The wood is Guatemalan mahogany or Santos mahogany. All of the doors and side panels on major components have raised panels and the drawer fronts were flat slabs. The finish was applied by the homeowner and is three coats of wipe-on poly.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 06-20-2008 04:36 AM


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#2 posted 06-20-2008 04:57 AM

I am truly impressed with this project. You have the right to be very proud of the job.

-- Scott, Kentucky ----- "Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry" Mark Twain

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#3 posted 06-20-2008 05:07 AM

This is a beautiful kitchen. I am sure that the novelty and excitement over the construction of the raised panels and drawers wore off rather quickly with this many to do. But you did an excellent job on the cabinets,

Well done!!!!

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

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#4 posted 06-20-2008 05:28 AM

I really get enthused looking at nice kitchen cabinets—especially since we have been working on our kitchen for nearly three years now. That was a massive amount of cabinets and they are absolutely stunning! Is that a remodel in a stately old home, or is it a new home built in a Victorian style? I’m sure the owners were delighted with the final results.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 06-20-2008 06:11 AM

Beautiful job! The homeowners must be thrilled with the work you did on this.

Thanks for showing it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 06-20-2008 06:15 AM

Exquisite detail and design. You did a beautiful job on this kitchen. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 06-20-2008 09:56 AM

Great looking job! That Santos Mahogany is some hard wood! Usually used for flooring.

Did you wear out many tools on it?

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

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#8 posted 06-20-2008 12:32 PM

A wonderful kitchen! Your attention to detail shows.

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#9 posted 06-20-2008 03:21 PM

Thanks for the comments. The homeowners were pleased and very pleased that it is DONE. They were living in the house while I was completing the task. They were basically “homeless” when their house sold, and we all bucked up and got the house able to be “camped out” in. Cabinet boxes with no drawers or door or even shelves. Plywood for cabinet tops. No kitchen sink, no oven, no cook top. It was hard to drive 9 miles to measure something or install a couple of drawers and drive 9 miles back. The Santos mahogany is what I call the “devil’s own wood”. It is hard but with that hard of a wood, it doesn’t take really sharp planer blades to cut it. I don’t know. I had trouble with the wild grain, stresses in the lumber when I ripped it, and having to do most of my routing as climb cuts. Yes, it is used for flooring and the floors in this house are of the same species. I hope next time is see this stuff it is in flooring form but I was very pleased with the outcome and I learned A LOT!!! I learned how to make raised panel doors in mass form; learned how to keep lumber stable while the processes were being completed; and got to know my Kreg jigs in an intimate way. (We’re in love, you know :-) ) I do enjoy working with the Kreg. I used it through out the process.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#10 posted 06-20-2008 04:17 PM

Wow, what an impressive project! These cabinets are gorgeous.

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

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#11 posted 06-21-2008 05:19 PM

WOW!! I can’t even come up with words to describe this!! This has got to be the finest kitchen I’ve ever seen!! I’m dumbfounded!! Hey, are those croissants? Yummy!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 06-21-2008 05:40 PM

I’d be so proud . Lots of nice complementing features -great eye for detail =I feel warm just looking at it.

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

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#13 posted 06-22-2008 05:28 PM

Very nice work in a great looking place. Sweet!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#14 posted 06-23-2008 01:49 AM

Wonderful job. Looks beautiful.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 06-23-2008 08:42 PM

Yes, Matt Garcia, those are croissants. Big, fluffy croissants. The homeowner took these photos right before his mother’s birthday party. I think some of the wipe-on poly was still damp.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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