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Project by OldWrangler posted 02-13-2014 05:37 AM 1747 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago before I got this damn Parkinson’s, I was a pretty fair woodworker. Our home was flooded with 9’ of water during a hurricane. The house was reduced to bare studs. With no flood ins. I had to rebuild the entire house by myself. Long story short, I built all new kitchen cabinets from solid Pecan. The mill let me go through all their pile of stock and pick out what I wanted. I looked for knots, bark inclusions, colors and grains. These are some of the cabinets that I really enjoyed making. The bottom doors are raised panel, the upper doors have raindrop glass and the pots and other drawers were plain but the wood added so much to them. I wish I could do this kind of work now but those days are long gone. Just thought I’d post this to see how y’all like the work.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 05:56 AM

WOW I like the blems Uh I mean character. I would be proud to say I built them. Wishing You the best. Russ

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 02:03 PM

Those are beautiful cabinets. The Pecan shows well but you did a great job. Really like the raindrop glass too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 02:51 PM

very nice

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 04:14 PM

Thanks for your compliments. I am proud of the results especially since everything I did to rebuild our home needed to be done fast to get us out of temporary quarters and back in our home. I stopped working and concentrated on nothing but the rebuild. I worked 12+ hours a day, 7 days a week and we were able to move back in one day short of 9 months. If I had not been so pressed to work quickly the cabinets might have even looked better. Similar cabinet work was also done to the vanities in both bathrooms as well.
Much of the rebuild I had no experience with like tile floors, sheet rock, insulation, plumbing, electrical, new windows, doors, bathroom fixtures and altering room sizes to better suit our needs. For the first month we worked with a generator for power and when power was finally restored, we had no heat or air conditioning. My wife had a full time job so I was on my own nearly everyday. She helped as much as she could on the weekends. It was an experience. At the time this happened I had been in this house 26 years and only had 4 more years of payments until I owned it. I have been here now 44 years in April and unfortunately we owe now almost double the original price of the house new.
Another problem was that my workshop had been under water for more than a week and before I could start the rebuild I needed to replace all my tools from table saw to planers, shapers, routers and even hand drills and set up a new shop in what had been the master bedroom.
And at this time I was almost 60 y/o.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 04:46 PM

beautiful work

-- Frady in Denton,NC _Trying to bring what was to be firewood to life! Semper Fi!

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 05:57 PM

Beautiful! I too like the character of the wood. Best wishes Wrangler.

-- Experience: What you have left after you've lost everything else.

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 09:37 PM

Beautiful! I like your choice of pulls too.

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#8 posted 02-14-2014 01:30 AM

Quite an accomplishment.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#9 posted 02-14-2014 01:35 AM

Next time I’ll just nail the key to the front door for the bank and disappear into the night.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#10 posted 02-14-2014 04:12 PM

Incredible accomplishment. I want to build my own kitchen cabinets for a remodle of a home I bought after mine burned down in 07’. I’m nearly 60. Your work will inspire me to get to it and get er done!

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#11 posted 02-14-2014 04:37 PM


I am certainly glad my work will be of some help or inspiration to you. If you aren’t pushed for time like I was, it will be a pleasant and rewarding job. Numbers like you being close to 60 and me at 76, are just numbers. I find that the more things I find to do make my time worth something and it makes me feel better. Some days my Parkinson’s has my hands trembling and being on my feet, nearly impossible. Those are bad but the good days far outweigh them and it seems like the more hours I am able to spend in the shop or my greenhouse, I really feel better. Good luck with your project.

Try to find a mill that will let you pick out your own boards. Then you can create cabinets that are useful and impressive.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#12 posted 02-15-2014 06:07 AM


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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