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When we bought this house we knew the kitchen had to be special. It went through several renditions and finally I said,"Enough!!! let's build it!" I tore the old kitchen out and threw it out the window on Labor day. 2006!! I finally got the dumb thing finished last week, well, almost. I still have to do the east part which is like a dining room and one strip of trim on the beam.
When we bought this house we thought it was a normal house. When we started on the first room we found that it was single wall construction. The is 1 x wide boards nailed up and down and sideing on the out side running lengthwise with a plate on top. NO Studs. It's only been here about 100 years so it must work. So the first business is to build a stud wall on the floor and sheet it with OSB. It is then stood up against the wall and wedged and shimmed until it is really tight then screwed to the 1 bys going up and down. Then I put in the new window and re- wire it. In the kitchen I did three walls this way so I could put in plenty of electric outlets and new circuits. I also insulated all three walls so if someone is sleeping the noise in the kitchen won't bother them. The walls were then sheetrocked and finished. Carleen textured the ceiling and some of the walls. For over a year Carleen washed dishes in the deep sink in the utility room.
She picked Sapele for the wood and insisted on inset doors. (That's the other thing I still have to do; go back and reset some doors and finish up on the drawers.) The shoemakers kids and all that. This old house is so crooked that in some places the floor dropped 1 1/2 inches. Luckily it was in a corner where it was possible to block it up and ignore it. I would have loved to do crown molding but the ceiling is too low and crooked. The cabinets are my basic type. 3/4 plywood cases with 1/2 inch ply backs, 1 1/2 inch face frames and pocket screw construction. The bases are seprate and are pocket screwed to the floor. The drawers are 5/8 maple with Acuride Eclipse EC slides and dovetailed on all 4 corners. The pulls are from Advance Hardware in Boise and from the Avante collection. I'll detailed the carved leather door panels in part 2.
Carleen and I had never installed tile. Not our area, That one belongs to son-in-law, Bob. He was busy so we muddled along and sorta learned how. Carleen insisted on a dishwasher and garbage disposal. I asked her what she and ol' Moondog were going to do?

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very nice … very nice … very nice
 

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Super job, Tom! That was a major undertaking and you did an outstanding job of it. I'll bet you're glad to be coming down the home stretch on this.

Those leather panels are beautiful.
 

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Great Thos. You and Carleen did a great job. She probably requested the dishwasher after you made her do dishes in a laundry sink for over a year.
 

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exelent job ! the sapele is so sweet . it has become real popular around my area in the past year. really exelent job thos.
 

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Beautiful kitchen. Your wife has excellent taste, and she obviously knows how to get good work out of the hired help. :)
 

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Very nice craftsmanship, a beautiful kitchen. Great looking.
 

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Fantastic from floor to ceiling.
 

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Thanks Dennis, I appreciate your opinion.
 

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Boy, Tom, those sure are some gorgeous cabinets! Love the leather tooling, too! Were you Stohlman's protege? The tooling is as top-notch as the rest of the cabinets. It sure accents the rustic look!

God Bless,
Hawg
 

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The finished product was worth the wait. Love the leather panels.
 

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it's beautiful indeed. Sounds like quite the process to get it to this. Yikes.

I am envious of the counter space.
 

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Marc,
I never worked with Stohlman but one of my mentors, Dick Swanson was the last of the Miles City-Cogshall apprentices. He learned from Ken Griffin who put out books for Tandy before Stohlman. Ken worked at Miles City when Dick was in high school and at the time Carl Wilson owned it.( Wilson Boots) I worked for Dick at Wyoming Saddlery and at Swanson Saddlery both in Cody, Wyoming.
 

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Looks like you nailed it! Great job.
 

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Nice job Thom.
You earned your salt on that one.
Bob
 

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Thanks, you built my dream kitchen. Next time do it at my house please. lol. Great job
 

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Sapele and leather. Doesn't get much better than that. Looks to me like the shoemaker's children are wearing two-tined wingtips!
 

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Again Thomas just beautiful. I've worked on those old houses before and used to live in one that was over 100 yrs old. The studs in the wall ran from the peak of the house, about 30' to the base floor. And none were set on center it seemed like they just put one here and there. LOL I know how frustrating it can be to work on them. mike
 

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Beautiful Cabinets with the inlays. Its amazing what you can run into, remodeling.
God bless
 
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