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Old 11-10-2011, 12:14 AM   #61
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You are a total inspiration. I'm still marveling at the results you achieved using a circular saw and no table saw. It's nothing short of remarkable. Can't wait to see the finished installation!
I second that! To do all that with no table saw is amazing.

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Well this sucks - the last shred of money coming in that I was relying on to finish the kitchen (the last of my projected available budge) isn't coming in thanks to unrelenting military inability to get anything done right or on time. . .goodie goodie. Not only did their inabilities create this awkward time crunch/money crunch effort to work on the kitchen to begin with - but it is now the very reason why I won't be able to finish like I want. Irony at it's finest.

So - regardless of how much I push myself, it won't be getting anything finished until that money finds it's way into our bank account.

Watch me build a bright side:

Regardless - being stubborn - I refuse to quit completely although the idea of being lazy for a few weeks and sitting around doing absolutely nothing sounds fabulous, dahling, because I've lost my drive a bit due to this issue. So many good movies to watch - so little time - so many cravings for cheesecake. But I won't. I will use materials I have and do whatever possible in the meantime to still make some sort of progress.

What I can do, now, without spending a penny - which is still good progress: make the kitchen usable (build drawers and some doors, install counters, make electrical functional with use of plates, stain and finish the cabinets, install the new window and mud and paint the dining room - etc) . . . so I can still be steeping in busy and moving forward - the flooring will have to wait and so will half of the drawer facings but at least I can finish the drawer bodies and make them usable.
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so - moving on regardless . . . some progress pics

Toe-kick (this photo is the area under the sink) before skinning with birch - with 3/4 x 1 stubs that match the face-frame.


after birch


after staining


Stove-wall after staining:


This piece of counter-top obviously won't go on this counter. . .Since I have this counter I'll use it but in the future I think I'll take it off and make my own with birch:
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Well - I didn't die or slack off. Still working away. Two of the kids were sick and a few other things came up. It's been raining so my crawlspace is flooded - so that's slowed down the last tidbits of the plumbing for the sink. I went down there to make the final push and ran into so many stupid issues other than being soaking wet and frozen - the power kept going out, my drill is starting to crap out on me (I had to finish drilling the plumb-line holes from under the house) . . . just ARG! Very frustrating.

Anywhoo. I didn't get everything done (haha - right?) but I'm still making progress.

The counters are installed. Since I had them propped up against my wall for so long behind the couch they warped a bit so installing them was NOT very easy - and my saw blade did not like the idea of cutting them *at all* the other day - so it was a fight start to finish. I do have endcap and splash pieces for each counter - but I'll put those on last.

I need to anchor down the sink but the sink and faucet are in place, at least - perfect fit.

The hoses are attached, they just need some lines to be connected to.

The dishwasher is installed as well - an extremely SNUG fit. In fact - I don't think it'll come back out very easily at all. I was able to fix it up by getting new rollers for the top-rack and with just a bit of cleaning and tlc the latch now closes properly (it was 'broken' for about two years) . . . so no more heaving myself against it to get it to shut! I tell you: of all the things I've had to fix that was probably the easiest damn thing - took 30 minutes, a bristle brush and some WD40.



I have had the stove in place - perfect fit! I did something that was never done before in this house! I attached the plug-house to the floor. Oh my! Imagine that. LOL It was way cool to USE the counter top the other day - I love it already. I most certainly don't miss the floor-tile counter that we use to have with all it's many disgusting grooves that would catch everything!

I will use extra counter top to make a pull-out counter that will be to the left of the stove so in that spot I installed heavy duty ball-bearing rollers that will keep it level when it's fully extended.



Tomorrow: my husband has a dental procedure so I'll only have 1/2 the day available to do any work: I'll try my best to get the plumbing done! . . The stove works (I've tested it) so I can slide that in place - and be able to use the kitchen for Thanksgiving at least.

Wednesday will be cleaning day - after all this time there's so much junk and yuck around the house. I can't imagine sitting and relaxing on Thanksgiving with all that mess everywhere!

Oh here - the counter cutting adventure that I don't ever want to do again. The long counter was a miter-angled 10' piece (the old kitchen was an L shape and when I bought the counter we were still planning on moving out and just replacing the counter top and painting the old cabinets white) . . well - that long counter weighed more than I could lift so I had to cut it in the living room and bring it down to a manageable size.

As usual: I relied on my handy dandy stash of ABC blocks - and some towels - to prevent marring the surface and to support it so I could cut it properly.







To do the cutting I made a jig similar to this one: except I only made mine to support the saw up off the surface to clear the contours of the counter - I didn't add on a straight-edge guide. I tried that and it annoyed the crap out of me so I took it off.

Ah - and I confess. I can't deny it since it's right there in these photos of my living room: that there are two holes in my wall that need some repair - take a guess as to how long they've been unpatched?
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Well it was an exhausting push - it seemed like everything that could go wrong did to wrong. . . and then some. Kids sick - husband surgery - he wrecked his car (before the surgery) and on and on and on and on.

But hell or high water (and I had plenty of that too) - I did finish the plumbing sometime last night and we were able to wash up all our stored dishes and prepare a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner today. . . and I'm taking a well deserved and much needed break.

What's funny - I thought. Is that usually when I do plumbing I mis-measure and end up spending a lot of time recutting. But this time my measurements were spot on - it was actually pretty smooth going under the house in that means. It was everything that made things take so dang long.


Turned out fabulous as usual (I brag a lot) - I do a rosemary and pomegranate rub and baste with a bacon and onion topper - perfection.
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Started working on the drawers - I've constructed them all and now they just need glides, stain and gloss.

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Snav, I found this article and thought of you.
http://www.finewoodworking.com/Mater...orking-eletter
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Thanks for the link.

Yeah - the edges of the ply needs some tlc - I've done one coat of a homemade filler that's been impregnated with stain to smooth it over and blend it all in. So far so good - I'll have to sand and do a 2nd application.
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All of these drawers are in. I had some issues with tightness on the right side that needed some extra time to shave down the wood behind the glides so it would loosen up. But it all worked out fine in the end - they all operate smoothly.





Moving onto staining - finally! Oh well - first I have to curve the tops of the drawers out with the sander so they're smooth and even . . . then stain.

This might have been too much - it definitely led to more waste as far as wood stock went . . . but I crafted the drawers so they were all matching grain-wise on the sides: I know it's an excessive waste of time, really - because the moment I stain them you won't be able to tell. But I'm pleased with my attention to detail eventhough no one else would ever notice

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This might have been too much - it definitely led to more waste as far as wood stock went . . . but I crafted the drawers so they were all matching grain-wise on the sides: I know it's an excessive waste of time, really - because the moment I stain them you won't be able to tell. But I'm pleased with my attention to detail even though no one else would ever notice
"If there is one defining characteristic of Steve Jobs that has run like a thread through his entire career, it is a genuine obsession with the way that things are crafted. Not merely content to set specifications and see that they were met, Jobs frequently went above and beyond to ensure that the products he had a hand in were made in the best way possible. In the biography of Jobs released today, Walter Isaacson reveals the likely source of this focus on craftsmanship, Jobs adoptive father, Paul Jobs. Paul Jobs was a mechanic, good with his hands and intelligent with his work, which largely focused on cars and then constructing metal parts for laser assemblies in Silicon Valley.

“I thought my dad’s sense of design was pretty good,” Jobs told Isaacson, “because he knew how to build anything. If we needed a cabinet, he would build it. When he built our fence, he gave me a hammer so I could work with him.”

Fifty years after the fence was constructed, Jobs showed it to Isaacson, still standing and recalled a lesson about making things of quality that he learned from his father. Touching the boards of inside of the fence, he said that “He loved doing things right. He even cared about the look of the parts you couldn’t see.”

He said that his father refused to use poor wood for the back of cabinets, or to build a fence that wasn’t constructed as well on the back side as it was the front. Jobs likened it to using a piece of plywood on the back of a beautiful chest of drawers. “For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”"
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Awe shucks - you made me blush That's cool - I've never taken the slightest bit of time to learn anything about him.

Well - happy news! I was able to buy all the remaining materials I needed to finish the kitchen . . . I will plunge ahead full force until it's done
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Anothe step forward - I completed the narrow drawers. Somehow - for some obnoxious reason - all of these were far more of a nuisance to finess than the others but they finally glide smoothly.

The inside is 9" wide, 22 deep.
The top is 3" deep
Middle two are 5" deep
Bottom is 7" deep



I definitely like this much more than the original pull-out shelf thingie.
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Looks great! You know, we started our renovations at around the same time and I have a feeling your going to be done before I am and I bought my cabinets from IKEA!

One suggestion, very minor but one that I feel very strongly about. Use draw and cabinet pulls that don't have anything that can catch on clothes. The kitchen I just tore out had very nice pewter knobs that ripped a few pockets and almost broke a few doors from catching. Before that, our first kitchen in our old house had a similar problem...they were pulls not knobs but they had ends that loved to find seams in your clothes and rend them. If you wear cargo shorts the risk goes up considerably.
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Anothe step forward - I completed the narrow drawers. Somehow - for some obnoxious reason - all of these were far more of a nuisance to finess than the others but they finally glide smoothly.
I tried to retrofit drawers in our base cabinets. They were a pain.
I am totally in awe of what your are doing.
Great job!

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