Kitchen Remodel #1: The first cabinets installed in the kitchen

Blog entry by Karson posted 09-20-2008 02:22 PM 27003 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just installed the first cabinets for the kitchen in Delaware.

Old Picture. You can see my Greene and Greene Thorsten table that was entered in a LumberJock challenge.

New picture.

The counter top is from the old cabinet. i plan to put down Corian. I’m doing it myself so I’ll do some fill-in first until I get the shop emptied a little.

I built one upper cabinet and one lower cabinet. A lot of other wood has been cut and the pieces needing veneer have been mostly covered. I was attempting to determine the math to be able to do the rest of the cabinets easily. The pieces (I hope have all been cut large)

The veneer is Eucalyptus Burl from Australia that I bought on eBay, and Yellow Birch that I got in New Jersey.

The doors are assembled as a unit and are then cut apart to make 2 doors. And the design matches the design for the end panels.

The desigh is Greene and Greene with my cloud lifts and the Ebony pegs.

My plans are to have the white sap wood stripe across the top of all of the cabinets and all the rest to be heart wood that is pink. The veneer and the yellow birch both have a pinkish cast.

The base has not yet been created for the bottom of the base cabinet. And the drawer fronts have not yet been created. I’ll probably wait until all cabinets are built and installed before I make the drawer front.

These cabinets are 24” wide and were made to match the ones that were there previously.

The finish is Conversion varnish that is a varnish that requires a catalyst just before spraying. The finish dries to allow sanding in 20 minutes so it can be recoated quickly.

These cabinets required a quart of finish so I probably need a couple more gallons before I’m finished.

I’ve got lots of pictures and I post some blogs of the construction and the jigs that I created. And I’ve got lots of building to do.

-- Retired in Delaware

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posted 09-20-2008 04:42 PM

Very nice, I like the different look on the doors, artistic.

Tell me more about this finish…

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posted 09-20-2008 08:10 PM


It’s called conversion varnish. I got it from Sherwin Williams. The finish requires that you add a catalyst at the time of spraying. There is also some stuff called precat varnish. There the catalyst is added at the factory, Only a shelf life of a year or so. Then there is post cat, and I think the the selling agent puts in the catalyst. Again it has a shelf life. Here is the link of a bunch of Sherwin William finishes.

Mine has the catalyst added when I pour it into the spray cup. A 3% mixture of catalyst which is one OZ or 30 CCs per quart. I have some hypodermic needles and so I put 15 CCs per 2 cups of finish. I’m using a stainless measuring cup to pour it into my spray gun. I added 20% thinner which is a Byutal XXXXX something. The finish was $39.00 or so per gallon, Thinner is $26.00 per gallon. Catalyst is 26.00 per quart (It’s good for 8 gallons of finish)

I’m using lacquer thinner to clean my guns. It’s not recommended for use as thinner, I think you can also use Xylene for thinner and cleaning agent.

As a professional finish it dries in 20 seconds at 180 deg, so if you were a mfg, you could spray, run through your drying room and put it in the package after 20 seconds.

If you mixed up too much you can put it in the refrigerator for 24 hours, or a freezer for a couple of weeks. This stuff sets up depending upon the temp.

It was 75 deg at home on Wed and was drying in 20 minutes and I then sanded to remove the dust nibs and raised grain and then put on another coat.

-- Retired in Delaware

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posted 09-21-2008 02:52 PM

hey i really love this look karson ! dont be surprised if you see me post something similar ! lol i hope your not cutting the holes for the pegs with a chisel . if you are ill have to go with round . hey im trying to make a living here ! lol great job thx for posting it

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posted 09-22-2008 01:06 AM

Karson, absolutely stunning! Great job!

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posted 09-22-2008 05:03 AM

Mr. Trim.

Yes and no on cutting the holes with a chisel. I forgot to do the first door and they were all glued up and cut into two pieces. So I got the mortiser out and drilled all of the holes near the edge. For the others I used the chisel and a block of wood and pounded to mark the corners. I then drilled with a 3/8” spur point bit and cleaned out the hole with a 1/4” chisel.

The base was all assembled and I needed to do all of the holes with the mortise chisel, drill and 1/4’ chisel. But, it went fairly fast.

I would also be honored if you built something like it. I can provide a template of the cloud lift pattern if you need it.

-- Retired in Delaware

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posted 09-22-2008 07:15 PM

hey thanks a lot karson this piece just hit me right and love the look ! i dont think round pegs will do it for me . isnt there a mortiseing bit i can use in my drill press ? i think even if i have to stay a bit closer to the edge than i would like i could get a layuot that would look nice . im thinking someone just recently did a blog on making the squ. pegs along with a jig he made . well my first and most daunting task here is landing a job to use it on ! lol thx karson

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