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Project by kjwoodworking posted 08-27-2008 07:48 PM 4018 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished some kitchen cabinets and wanted to share. Made with a very limited budget from plywood and mdf(cheap as possible). My wife painted them and used a glaze for an antique look. The counter tops are laminate roll top. Tile back splash. I still have to install the oak floor that will be cut from old beams I have.

-- Kirk H. --

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#1 posted 08-27-2008 07:58 PM

Great job. Thanks for sharing.
Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 08-27-2008 08:57 PM

Nice work,

My grandpa made his cabinets way back in the 70’s out of plywood and did some really cool router work, which when stained really brought out the layers of ply and gave it a really awesome look, (well at least for the 70’s LOL) So as you know cheap materials don’t have to mean cheap look.

You did a great job, thanks for sharing…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 08-27-2008 09:34 PM

a great job, thanks for sharing…

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#4 posted 08-27-2008 10:02 PM

Man that looks really good, you did very well with what you had to work with.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#5 posted 08-27-2008 10:56 PM

nice cabinets, you went the same route i did 2 years ago. mdf and an antique finish, at least your wife helped.
nice job and they look great

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#6 posted 08-28-2008 12:59 AM

You did a great job on the cabinets and the boss did a great job finishing. Are the doors all MDF? MDF finishes real nice when painted. What finish did you do on the insides of the cases?
I’m getting ready to start a built-in project and I’m planning on using prefinished plywood for the cases. Not much more than unfinished. Planning on poplar face frames, plywood cases and poplar rails and stiles with 3/4” MDF backcut flat panel doors.
What drawer slides and hinges did you use? What type of glaze did you use. They really look nice and you both should be proud.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#7 posted 08-28-2008 02:47 AM

See what can happen when you mix a glob of craftsmanship with ordinary materials, a very nice looking finished product. Well done, enjoy your new kitchen.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#8 posted 08-28-2008 02:06 PM

Hi all, thanks for the nice comments.

mcoyfrog- The original cabinets were made by my wife’s grandfather. They were made sometime in the 60’s and had held up pretty well. I understand he made them using very limited tools.

Joey- I was lucky my wife helped. I would have ended up with a mess. She saw cabinets at Lowe’s with a oatmeal maple glaze and wanted that look. When comparing the two I believe she did very well at getting the results she wanted. I like your work and website.

John- I used 100 degree 5/8 overlay face frame european hinges, valspar clear mixing glaze mixed with paint the same color as the walls, and euro-style self closing drawer glides. I made pull out drawers in the pantry, a pull out for a trash can and pull outs for pots and pans.

The doors are ply with mdf centers. The glaze finish really helped hide any signs of the plywood. I think only under close inspection from a fellow woodworker would the ply wood be evident.
Inside the cases were painted with a slightly lighter color of paint (an $8 mis-tinted gallon from lowes)than was used on the outside of the cabinets.

I have a little over $1000 in the cabinets and counter tops. We are slowly fixing this old house up in hopes to put the house on the market next year and move to the mountains of Tennessee.

-- Kirk H. --

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#9 posted 08-28-2008 02:14 PM

Hi Douglas, that is exactly what I feel like I end up with sometimes, a glob!

I am enjoying the kitchen, I think mostly because my wife is happy with it. She fussed about the old one all the time. Damn I’m glad it’s done.

-- Kirk H. --

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#10 posted 08-28-2008 04:28 PM

Great looking kitchen. I just starting to build my second set. This one for our home in Delaware. Builders cabinets are being replaced.

-- 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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#11 posted 08-28-2008 06:46 PM

Thanks Karson. Good luck with your project.

I have built single cabinets here and there to add to existing kitchens before, built new replacement cabinet doors, entertainment centers and such, but this is my first time building a full set of kitchen cabinets.

This old house is so out of wack I don’t think their is level board in the whole place. Oh yea, except my cabinets of course. By the way which side of the two lines does that bubble go, the right or the left?? I didn’t get any instructions with mine. I guess if the dishes don’t slide one way or the other it will be ok. lol

-- Kirk H. --

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#12 posted 08-28-2008 09:44 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#13 posted 12-14-2016 01:39 PM

Nice work, Kirk. You did a fine job on this kitchen.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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