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Cherry (with maple ply when not visible) kitchen cabinets. I can't find the pics of the lower cabinets or the island, so I'll have to take some more. 2005. I was trying to get this done just as our first child arrived. In fact, I think everything was installed, but I didn't have the doors or the drawer fronts finished when she was born. So the inside of the doors are not well-sanded.

This was my first major use of hand-planes for finishing (I fretted for weeks about all the sanding that would be involved). All the rails and stiles as well as the drawer fronts were prepped with a new Stanley #4. When you turn on the task lights, you can see the mill marks. I love it!

Also, this project facilitated my purchase of Cut List Plus; I laid out everything by hand, and then made ONE mistake that cost me one $110 cheery panel. Software: $89.

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Great project and you did it very well. I like the design (simple & attractive).
Keep up good work!

 

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these overheads look wonderful

I cant wait to see the photos of the lower cabinets and the island

the cutting program that you talked about does it organise to print all the labels shown

Thanks for showing us

Hooky
 

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Great project! I wish you had a closeup of the doors, whats in the corners of the rails & stiles? Are those pegged?

I think you missed a golden opportunity though…"Honey, I can build an entire set of kitchen cabinets, but I'm going to need to buy a $1300 drum sander, but we'll still save thousands over the cost of buying them…" ;-) (Of course you did mention that you liked the mill marks.)
 

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These are nice looking cabinets. I like both the style of cabinetry you built and the wood you chose. Although I am guessing, if your wife is anything like mine, I suspect ultimately the wood choice was her decision. :)

Nice job on the cabinetry. Pictures of the rest of the kitchen will be nice to see.
 

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Good looking cabinets. I really like the style. Nice clean lines. Great job.
 

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Hooky, after your comment I looked around this site to see if that program had been mentioned; I only found it buried in a couple posts. So I just wrote a review.

It's called CutList Plus, and it's amazing. I had around 100 stiles and rails for my kitchen, and I was able to print labels out that I affixed as I cut each piece. I added the "S" or "R" afterwards in marker so that it was easier to see when I made the joinery.

I used a removable label from Avery, and they peeled right up.
 

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Craig, they are not pegged. Just glued and pinned from the back. The ebony buttons are just decorative.

I would have preferred to just glue and clamp each piece, but with the baby on the way and a limited set of clamps for a project this size, I went with some quicker methods.

Thank you all for your kind words!
 

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Very nice, you gotta love the cherry. I like the buttons, nice touch.

I use cabinet planner software which just makes everything easier, cut lists and diagrams for panel cutting. like your program, printing out the parts labels keeps the parts in order.
 

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Awsome, wanna come to Portland Maine to help me do my kitchen? Hee Hee….
 

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looks great and well organised well done
 

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Niceooking kitchen.

Good details on the layout, keeping it all straight.
 

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Very nice looking Kitchen cabinets. You did an impressive job. Keep it up. Would like to see the rest of the cabinets.
 

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Great looking cabinets! It looks very well designed and organized. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Looks beautiful.
 

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Very nice! I'm also building kitchen cabinets, and cherry will be usedf or the doors and face frames. I just finished the 2 lazy Susan shelves. Now on to assembly.
 

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Did you stain your Cherry or let it go natural? I made a completely mortise and tenon tv table/cabinet but stained it dark and wonder if I should not have.
 
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