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Old 03-23-2009, 08:26 PM   #91
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now i must deal with a few more cabinet issues.

1st.. cabinets need to be pulled away from the wall because the counters need to be wide enough such that the fridge looks likes it was built in.

the fridge is 28" deep. so, countertop needs to be ~28" too. the cabinents are only 22" or so. so they need to be pulled away from the wall (i don't want a 6" overhang!).

2nd problem. the floor is not level (this matters with concrete countertop)

3rd problem. the wall is not flat.

so i will slowly work on this issue.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:29 PM   #92
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start with putting a 2x4 ledge on the back wall. shim out where necessary. the ledge is really here to help push the cabinets away from the wall (i still got another 2.25" to go..) and also gives sturdy surface for the plywood rest on.

using 3.5" #8 robertson wood screws into the studs. checking for perfect level with my handy flatMAX 4' level! note: don't hit your electrical wires with such long screws!



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Old 04-07-2009, 09:01 PM   #93
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bringing out the back ledger a bit more.. total of 3, 3/4".

using full sheets of 3/4" plywood to carry the weight to the floor along the back wall. running a sander just to keep things smooth and level along the top (probably over kill, but i had the tool handy so why not).


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Old 04-07-2009, 09:09 PM   #94
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install corner cabinet. this cabinet gets screwed into the back wall also to hold it stationary. i had someone push down on the top while i screwed it against the wall. not sure if this is necessary, its sort of like filling a bathtub with water before you apply the bead of caulk.. a debate for the ages.



close up on the corner detail..


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strengthen right side with full sheets of 3/4" plywood. i would also do the left side the same, except my cabinet will end just a few inches away on the left.. so i just moved the wall 4" away from left side of corner cabinet. its close enough to add strength to that side of cabinet.

i would have liked to finish the floor BEFORE the cabinets went in.. but i'm running out of time. i need a kitchen to stay sane. not that insanity doesn't have its benefits .. MMuuhahahahaaa....

checking for level along the way.


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notice the notch cut out of the plywood along the bottom. this is so all the cabinets look like they are floating, you don't actually want to see the kick-plate. also, the plywood sheet on the right hand wall of the corner cabinet does not reach all the way to the back wall. it just wasn't wide enough piece. but it still will do the job. it has been screwed against the cabinet which is why it is standing perfectly upright.

so.. because the cabinets have been cut to allow the fridge to be installed against the wall, on the left side, it just so happens to leave me with a tiny 4" wide cabinet possible.

should this be a slide out spice rack? what do you tink?


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i used strong-tie metal deck supports for the wall jutting out since there is no support. see bottom right side of cabinet, notice that shiny piece of metal just barely visible? that's what i'm talking about. after i put these in it is fairly rigid & strong.

the reason i do not have a cross brace to make a box out of the center cabinet (i.e. a piece of wood sort of where the level is in the picture below) is because my sink will be there. it is a farmers sink with a full apron, so there is no place to put that piece of wood near the top. hard to visualize from the text i know.




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i am checking that my dishwasher will fit in the designated area while still leaving room for the side wall and proper gap on the stove.. it was a close fit, less than 1/2" to spare!



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cabinet strengthening is finished. for the last wall on the far right it is just 3/4" plywood. i have some heavy duty L-brackets in the top right corner and at the floor holding it together. i sat on the top... seems sturdy enough.

now onto the sink platform. just built a 2x4 shelf with a 3/4" plywood platform with a hole cut out for the drain. there is no template with this sink because it is hand crafted and has wide margin of error.

it also weighs 85lbs dry
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so rented the belt sander and went at the floors for 5 hours.
by the time it was done i went through 3x36grit, 2x60grit, 2x80grit. HD rep did not recommend 100 grit. $125 for tool & material. it was also handy that i had a hammer and nail punch for when/if a nail showed up. my shop vac came in handy again

so... when i was in the cat hole under the kitchen, i remember seeing the kitchen floor from the bottom and that the wood looked 2 different colours (no sub floor so it was visible). i always wondered what it would look like when it got sanded, so here it is!
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here is the BEFORE picture.. see how bad shape the floors are in?




AFTER 5 hours of sanding...




next i must rent the edger & apply stain.

question: what kind of wood is this?
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I must admit I was looking at pictures before reading, but holy cow, the floors are nice under all that gunk. And maybe you said this somewhere, but are you gonna build the countertops as well?
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wow that zebra pattern on the floor is cool. Never saw anything like that. Any idea what species the woods are? the lighter color maple?
you did good to un-cover that in 5 hours of sanding that black gunk.
like the sink also. keep up the good work
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WOW love the floors. I would keep those.... are you going to tile them?
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ya, my wife loves the "zebra" floors too

not sure what type of wood this is, i am soliciting feedback (and plenty of it!) over HERE

we are planning on staining them dark walnut to go with the flow of the rest of the house. with this stain, you will still see the 2-tone wood, it just won't be so pronounced.

i am absolutely fabricating my own concrete countertop. i would have started it already but i realized i didn't order enough material last year. so i have some on order. while waiting, i decided to do the floors.

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