Kitchen Cabinet/s

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Blog entry by Moron posted 03-17-2009 02:21 PM 6928 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being on semi-down time, I thought I would post a pic or two. First pics are some of the upper cabinets on a kitchen I am making from maple veneer core plywoods and solid poplar facings, tongue and groove backs. The style has become one of my favorites as in my opinion they are timeless. I really like the wooden muttins on the glass doors and I like the curved detailed bead mouldings, simple yet kinda elegant. Now overwhelming in decadance but regal?......there are two of them, one right, one left mirror images that go on either side of the window above one of the sinks. An 1 1/2” above the door will be a 3/8” dia bullnose and 1” above that will be crown mould. Another 5/16” bead will trim around the base of the cabinet followed by a light valance having bead mould on the bottom. ........anyway. There is a secondary shelf behind the bottom of the door and a recessed door stop behind the top of the door, both set back 1/8+ so that an earth magnet and bumper can be installed to ensure the door opens and closes easily and stays shut, flat and even. Both get glass shelves with a wooden mould attached to the front so that they look like wooden shaelves and yet the glass lets the lights installed inside, light up the whole interior. The finish is yet to be decided but regardless, I think once its distressed, stained and or painted and rubbed out… should look pretty good.


and another with glass doors, two of them being mirror images that go on either side of the oven/range top and has a custom 4’ wooden hood vent between them. All the uppers get detailed similar to above.


And this last one I made some time ago and every time I see it sitting against the wall I feel kinda bad. My father is pushing 90 years young and is still in good health. I made it for him from a tree he and I, and some other siblings planted in 1965. A spindly little sapling of a cherry tree that grew and grew and held many fond childhood memeroies. When he sold his house he had the tree (about a 30” diameter by then) cut down and sawn into lumber, and then shipped it all to me…..............and thats why I feel kinda bad is because I still have this piece, yet unfinished and I know he would just love it. I still need to put some kinda panel in the door, glass os a mirror and still have to put the little steel hooks in the back to hold keys for the many outbuildings at the cottage. I’ld like to put an very small old fashioned lock in it too,



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

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 02:26 PM

Great looking cabinets roman! Your attention to detail shows your craftmanship well! Hope your finger is doing better.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 03:52 PM

Yes that is craftsmanship!

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 04:03 PM

the finger is on the mend, I can now type two handed but even the slighest bump sends the pain threshold through the roof and its some ugly to look at. Having a mind of its own the little pinky never lets me forget I own it, not even for a second. The “Throbbing” is just about gone and has changed to a hottish feeling constant ache!..........

Thanks for the kind words.

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

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#4 posted 03-17-2009 04:28 PM

Roman, these look good. And thanks for the story behind the cherry cabinet.

I am glad to hear you are on the mend. It will take some time but you are in our thoughts.

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

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#5 posted 03-17-2009 04:53 PM

Hi Roman,

Here’s hoping the finger heals quickly, I’ve had that “throbbing” feeling on various body parts before and can sympathize :)

And consider this a kick in the arse to get that cabinet to your father LOL

Our family recently had a health scare with my mother and it was a rude reminder to cherish what time we have left with older family members.

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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#6 posted 03-17-2009 08:24 PM

As a remodeling contractor I really appreciate the great design and plywood construction.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 03-19-2009 05:23 PM

That’s some great work. Sounds like you’re coming along. Be patient, maybe work on some designs. My best thoughts for you, take care. Jack…......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 03-19-2009 06:57 PM

Thanks every one.

The “finger” is now down to dull roar unless I accidently tap it, then the pain goes through the roof. Gives me a chance to catch up on drawings and finish my front hall and ceiling.

I only have to trim out the island, some sanding…....................and she’s outta here!!!!! Not exactly true. The sink cabinet thats in the island has a cast porcilen undermount that is now pulled forward a tad and the sink (which I am told “Make it work”) was never made to be an undermount which is a bit of &%$#around and the thing wieghs enough that it takes two men to lift, four men and nobody grunts…......and now they want the island which was “Shaker” to have 1/4” offset mouldings around all the panels…....and and and. Not so bad because changes are “extra” but its the “time” which I dont have as others patiently wait for their project to be started….............

Next. Similar in details but done in rift sawn white oak for a desk, built in bookcases,trim, files drawers and a mantle.


A dining table


a really, really, big project that I hope to stretch over 2 years.


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

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#9 posted 03-19-2009 08:40 PM

Hey Roman, wanna come out and play a little catch? – Just kidding.
Very nice attention to detial my friend I like the beading you do on these pieces.
Very clean look to the style.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 03-19-2009 11:51 PM

Thanks Bob#2….....I’ll pass on the catch. I tried playing goalie recently…..........bad move.

I like beading, its a small detail that says a lot. Not loud and yet suttle decadance mind you, mitering the frames with beading as part of the frame, I find very slow going.I saw a tool at the trade show, that cut it quick and easy,punched a hole for a hidden bowtie plud… a snap!!!!............but it was about 8 grand and then, like now…............I didnt have 8 grand and I didnt do enough of it to warrent spending that kinda money. Now it seems every project has it so I would love that tool.

A lot of dovetailing in this project too so I broke down and bought another dovetail jig, made by Festool. A review will be coming soon.

I was up at 3:30 am today, working by 4 am and the island just needs a final assembly, then broken down…............done!!!!!!!!. Oh ya, a little sanding yet.

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

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#11 posted 03-20-2009 01:09 AM

I love the beading too, I see you’re working through the pain. Right on, sign of a real nut case.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 03-20-2009 01:15 AM

thank you mtnwild

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

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#13 posted 01-09-2011 02:26 AM

Reading the blog about doing the cabinet for your father. How did that go?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 01-09-2011 04:17 AM

Two or three weeks ago, I finally gave it to my brother in law to give to my Dad for Christmas. Sadly I couldnt be there to see his face but I am told that he got quite emotional and really loved it.


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

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#15 posted 07-29-2012 09:24 PM

a gazillion days ago, or so it feels, I cut my finger, the same finger that currently looks like it was cut off of Frankenstein. Thankfully its mostly hidden because its the pinky one, the nail that looks like an X-Man digit. A wound with a thousand memories. Mostly good ones but it is unlike the other fingers as they never talk to me, never scream at me. I think sometimes the little digit has a mind of its own, wont ever let me forget I maimed it : ))

Hummph. I look at the beaded haunched joinery on the above pieces and at the time they were made, I would have never believed what I know now. If stranger came up and told me what I now now, I would have been short with them, told them to …..You know, “get out, thats BS”. Surprising how the mind keeps changing. How the mind has to adapt to an ever changing world and all its challenges.

About 8 years ago I heard a reputable tradesman who specialized in precast architectural concrete. (I even had the privilege of working for him) tell me, they were building everything that was made from wood, plastics, stone, right on the job site and get this “with hand tools”.

Ya, sure they are. BS. and it dawned on me, that the man who was telling me this, a precast custom concrete mfg’r does not build parts for a man who builds a shabby humble folks home. These are multi-million dollar mansions and I had to ask my self “How can this be? “ How can somebody jump into a job site withy “Timmy toys” and produce what I do, when I have a huge shop, a 30K table saw, big bucks and a heavy investment into real estate and steel. …….How could this be true ?

I found Festool and in fact thats wrong cause Festool found me.

A little ground work and a site visit showed me they had Festool and a table saw. So I researched Festool, watched U tube, did my homework and over the next couple years, I learned a lot. I learned that its entirely possible to turn out a high end product quickly, efficiently, on time, on budget or at least I had convinced myself this to be true. I mean how could it be wrong as others were doing it. What it required was an exceptional amount of in shop, in house, professional experience, just whacking away the hours staying focused on doing things right. I proceeded to have the intestinal fortitude to shut a shop down and walk away from a significant personal, emotional, and financial investment. I knew I would loose, at least for a short time, a significant amount of money.

I call her my X. Yet another casualty of my passion. This trade is hard on partners : ))

So I changed course. I bought Festool toys and a potable table saw. Its been almost 2 years and they have been both tough as hell and sweet as pie, as far away from balanced as possible. I have triumphs and a month later it felt like I just did a solo across one of the artic poles. brutal, defeating, just unimaginable challenges in so many ways its almost like having an epiphany of sorts. Much to my constant desire to admit defeat I have not yet and know that although I dont win each battle, I know I am still winning the war : ))

It’s like a race, and your out in front, you can see the finish line and you dig deep and run hard as you can and hope you dont pull a hamstring just before the line ? I’m winning even if its slower then I thought it would be, I’m winning. The nicest feeling ever is doing something that everyone said is impossible, where every one said its stupid, and doing it anyway, and in the end knowing you were smart enough to trust your gut and phoque what anyone else thinks : ))

It’s easy to be part of a crowd and its exceptionally hard to stand alone.

The Festool in combination with a TS and a few others. I got no issues and with 100% certainty, that I have a major competitive edge over almost everyone……………..and I’m starting to like it.

Thinking out of the box, it’s not a popular, period. It’s not. Don’t believe me then try messing with the recipe of the coffee machine at the shop. My point is that often we get labels when we jump on the circle of life. The circle equals doing the same thing, everyday after day after day until we die. Nothing wrong that and am a fond lover of routine but most often you get labelled and woodworkers get cheated.

Cheated because at the end of the day, we get to fix every single sub trades BS. Thats a fact and after enough experience it gets tiring hearing the BS. As the career moves forward, the lessons learned are immense in avoiding the inevitable phoque up. Its avoiding as many as possible that increases the bottom line. Its seeing problems before they become problems and having solutions to them that count. It’s not an easy thing as some building become quite complex, be it plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, Tile, Stone, the engineering, t……………….its a flippen big whack of info. Thats where you get labelled, where if all you do is make cabinets, furniture,………..thats all people will eventually,……….let you do. If your happy there then you have reached Nirvana and I wouldnt rock that boat but if you ever wanted to get more involved with design, with big timbers and big braces, way more doors, fancy ceilings, fancy finishing, fancy panelling, haunched beaded face frames, furniture like built ins …………….its hard to get off that circle of getting up everyday, on time, eat kiss, public transit routine.

Do it now and a bit of advice, take it or leave it.

B prepared to stand alone : )) If you stand there long enough, …………people will follow : ))

Funny how life is and looking back. I remember being so proud of getting my first commission. It was a tall firewood box with fingerjointed corners. It took a week to squeeze the 300 bucks from the palm of that woman and it took a week to make it, the material costs, after all mistakes, was over 700 bucks. …FAIL. I never gave up and continued learning similar lessons but the funny thing is, is that the mistakes starting dissappearing, the budgets got bigger, the BS got smaller, and am now at the point where, “touch wood” use my Festools toys and pick and choose what I want to make, it stops the boredom of solving other problems.

I always wanted to get into project management, I have, for a long time, thought I would be good at it. I can read faces, mannerisms, I can predict conflict, and avoid it, I can conceptualize almost anything and I love getting the people that surround me motivated, keep them happy, teach them what I know, let them teach me what they know. I got good at listening and I have an eye for perfection. It’s sorta all coming together and am loving what I do and where its taking me. I couldn’t say much bad about Festool, hell I could whine about a few flaws but overall I sorta owe them a payback so at the risk of being risky

A woman screamed at her husband “GET OUT NOW, JUST GO”

and the husband left and she screamed again “ I HOPE YOU DIE A SLOW AND PAINFUL DEATH”

and the husband turned and said “So you changed your mind? “

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

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