Kitchen Cabinet Project Completed


Greetings,
I know it has been almost 9 months since I updated my webpage with my kitchen project. But, I am thrilled to say that it has been completed and the final pictures have been posted.
I have appreciated this group's feedback the past two years. I would be pleased to hear your comments and take your questions. I learned a lot during this long process, but the results are way beyond my expectations.
Dennis Slabaugh Hobbyist woodworker www.woodworkinghobby.com
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WOW! That is some kitchen. Congratulations on a fine job.
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I'm in the process of building some wall cabinets. How does one go about mounting them to the wall?
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Hi Dennis,
Really a nice job! What material is the countertops? They look like granite, but I noticed that it is wrapped with wood trim.
We re-did our 20 yr old kitchen last year. It was a mess for a long while, so I know what you went through. It feels great to finish.
Lou

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First of all, thanks to all that have taken a moment to review my cabinet project and thanks for all the great compliments. I know from your questions that I need to post an overview article of the project from start to finish. I will try and do that over the next week or so with links to more detailed description of some of the steps and pitfalls for those that want more detail.
But to answer a few of the questions off the bat:
The countertops are solid granite tile in a 12" by 12" format with a minimal grout line. Spectracrete Modified epoxy grout (black) was used. The underlayment is 3/4" outdoor grade plywood with 1/4" hardy backer board. The edging was formed from 8/4 quartersawn white oak to match all the other hardwood used in the project. It was attached with 2 3/4 inch screws into 3/8" holes plugged with ebony.
The entire kitchen design was done by me with old fashioned pencil and paper on a drafting table. Much of the detail was worked out with each stage of the construction as I usually employ in my work. This allows for flexibility and I believe, more accuracy than trying to be bound by a ridged set of plans and component production.
More later!
Dennis Slabaugh Hobbyist Woodworker www.woodworkinghobby.com
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Very nice kitchen! Did you make the fridge door cover yourself? A friend has a similar fridge setup, and is very worried that if it ever dies, it will be ridiculously expensive to replace. Comments or experience there? Thanks, Andy
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Hello Andy,
This is a Jennair model that comes ready to apply a panel. There is a stainless steel frame (channel) around the door (both the fridge and freezer) that is accessible by removing the top plate held on with screws.
The challenge is making a panel that will slide down from the top, captured by the channels on the side rails, that fits perfectly. I cheated and it worked great:
I divided the door width by two and cut two sheets of 1/4 material(quatersawn white oak plywood) to width and length. I fine-tuned the width to get the panels to be almost tight at the center and smooth fitting to the side channels. The trick here is to then apply the 1/4" hardwood strips to mimic a paneled door like the cabinets. The one down the middle joins the two pieces of plywood and the upper, lower, and side pieces are butted to the frame, creating the "tongue" that rides in the channel slots. After brad nailing the strips in place, I just slid it out, finished it and now had a perfectly sized panel to slide into the frame again.
Replacing it would be the same as making the original. I have noticed though, already the wood is taking on the oils from our hands when closing it. We use the handle to open the door, but inevitably close it by pushing it on the panel edge.
Dennis Slabaugh, Hobbyist Woodworker www.woodworkinghobby.com

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Very nice work. You should be very proud.
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What did you used to "design" the cabinets? I will be starting my kitchen shortly (if I can finish the friging outside siding).
... Nice kitchen by the way :c)
Christian

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Dennis Slabaugh, Hobbyist Woodworker (in snipped-for-privacy@comcast.com) said:
| Greetings, | | I know it has been almost 9 months since I updated my webpage with | my kitchen project. But, I am thrilled to say that it has been | completed and the final pictures have been posted. | | I have appreciated this group's feedback the past two years. I | would be pleased to hear your comments and take your questions. I | learned a lot during this long process, but the results are way | beyond my expectations.
Nice job! I've bookmarked http://www.woodworkinghobby.com/html/finished_0.html for future reference. -- Morris Dovey DeSoto Solar DeSoto, Iowa USA http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/solar.html
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