Just for grins, and as if I didn't already have enough to do, I started a
blow-by-blow of the installation of a kitchen, in new residential
construction of mine, on the Projects Journal, page 7, of my web site below.
Those of you who are thinking of doing your own may find it interesting ...
and particularly the many of you who requested copies of the .dwg files and
CutList Plus files, you will be able to see what the actual beast is going
to look like in the flesh.
Still a couple or three weeks from door, drawer and hardware installation,
so stay tuned.
Ya know Swing, I really enjoy your website.
It's one of those that I keep going back to.
I like LRod's, too.
Tommy Plamann's site is always fun to go back to when you haven't been
there in a while.
Maybe we should have a thread about good Wrecker's sites.
Mine is out, I only change it about once every two years.
Some guys really keep updating them and include a bunch of useful
stuff on them.
Tom Watson - WoodDorker
You're right ... they haven't even been down three days in the kitchen area
at this point.
Construction _is_ a "mess" from day one ... I am always glad when it's final
cleanup time, in more ways than one.
The boxes themselves will be installed. Then the carcasses and FF's will be
sanded, stained, sealed and sprayed, with the floors following suit. Doors,
drawer fronts, drawers and add-ons are finished separately and not installed
until the floors are completely done.
Good question. Keep in mind, this is not my personal kitchen, so other than
the fact that I have designed, built and installed it, there is little
economic incentive to go past a certain point, to wit: not use a
professional finishing crew who will be there already.
So, besides being the GC, with a tiny shop, and having other things to do,
having a professional paint contractor who works to spec, follows a sanding
schedule, is set up to spray lacquer, has a well trained crew, can do it in
a quarter of the time, and actually makes it economically feasible in his
bid, why bother?
But it ain't always that way ... and just because I _can_ do my own
finishing, doesn't mean I have to. :)
THAT'S the part that earns you the traditional wReck commentary! You suck!
The rest of us are looking at buying $1500 worth of gear, to learn a craft
with new tools and constantly changing chemistry, to say we did it all
ourselves. And 'saved' a few dollars.
Sometimes the math doesn't work...
hoping no one asks about the economics of _his_ hobby shop...
(Rob drools at all the square footages of granite or e-stone he could
sell there. *S*) Too nice a kitchen for that plastic Corian crap. <G>
I still like the look of face-frame. Who started this European style
cabinetry shit anyways?
I completely agree with your stance on 'zero-loss' cabinets. Spacers
Can't wait to see the finished project.
In new construction there is not much point in finishing them before the
countertops and backspashes go in, because they are just going to get
splattered and covered in abrasive dust, which tends to dulls any finish no
matter how much care you take in trying to cover them up.
So, to answer your question, they will be finished on-site by the painting
contractor, who has the contract for the new residence, according to a very
specific spec sheet. He's worked for me in the past and knows exactly how I
want it done. Since they're oak and will be stained, we are also currently
deciding upon the complimentary tones for the floors, stairs and railing
trim which are close by, and the oak crown molding in that room.
I lost my helper Saturday and am having to finish up the carcase
installation and substrate by myself yesterday and today. As of last evening
I have all the base and wall cabinets installed, and the substrate for the
granite installed on those, and have only the island left to do for this
morning (and I pretty well got them leveled and ready before I quit
yesterday, so it shouldn't take but an hour or two today to get all ready
for the tile and granite crew scheduled for tomorrow).
I will spend the next week making dovetail drawers ... at this point I am
looking forward to changing gears from awkward large boxes, to small boxes
easily handled by one old man. :)
I worked in trim and framing as a kid(long,long ago) and
I was trying to imagine how in the hell you were going to
keep the finish looking decent with all those jugheads
beating the crap out of everything.
If you got a painter that will finish cabinets, you have
found somthing special.
In my area a painter would cover the doorways with plastic
and hose the entire room down in latex of your favorite color.
The local contractors use factory cabinets and put them at
the very end. It's a rare house with custom cabinets.
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