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Blog entry by BillyJ posted 07-23-2012 10:55 AM 2215 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Borrowing a phrase from Sandhill – just another day in paradise. Another cliche – hopes and dreams of mice and men. There are many I can use to describe this ordeal. The pain of having wisdom teeth pulled, root canals, setting a broken bone – none of them compare to this on-going Ground Hog Day type of job. I thought there was light at the end of the tunnel, but I think it is nothing but the oncoming train. My list of “never again’s” is multiplying daily.

Anyway, enough venting. Here is where I stand.

The stove side is almost done. I have a few more details to put in. Fortunately, the lines are all run, everything works, but it is the final touches that need to be put into place. The focal wall is starting to take shape. Still need to put the faucet above the stove, but that’s last.

I’ve hung the cupboards on the sink side.

The client wanted a TV to remain in the kitchen. Her last one was sitting on a cabinet. Fortunately, I found an articulating mount that worked great with the new set. I made a false-side to conceal the cable and wire.


The second problem was the one closest to the doorway. It was the bugger. The construction was straight forward, but hinging the small door on the right side was not. I wanted the door to look like it did not open, so visible hinges was not an option.

I toyed with the idea of barrel hinges, looked around for something different, then went back to my original thought. Those, coupled with a magnetic touch latch, the small door does not look like it opens. Thank goodness for jigs – those barrel hinges have very little play.

Onward I go. Finishing up with the base cabinets. The cabinet to the left of the sink is going to house half a kitchen. Included in it will be wine racks holding 8-bottles of wine, a place for 8 wine glasses, a pull-out drawer for the microwave oven, a waste basket drawer, and a pots/pans drawer. All that in 46”. Here are a couple of pics showing the roughed carcass. The wine glasses will be accessed from the left-side of the cabinet, below the cupboard that has the TV on it.

That’s all for now. Got to get to work.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.



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posted 07-23-2012 11:29 AM

All the fun is in the details….and you have lots of details…therefore you must be having a blast with this!!!
Like my plumber friend likes to say (a lot)...”If it were easy, everyone would do it”.

Looking great. I like the wine bottle “cradles”.
Are you doing the stone? I like installing stone if I have the time. Diversity keeps things from getting boring.
I hope you charged a pretty penny for the cabinet with the small hidden door. That is custom that a larger custom cabinet manufacturer would not even do.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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BillyJ

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posted 07-23-2012 12:54 PM

Yes, everything you see, I’ve done. And yes, it’s been a blast. I’m sure I said the before, but I’m my worst enemy. I usually beging with very simple, easy-to-do, ideas that would take no time to do, then think about how “common” it would look. Perhaps custom cabinet companies wouldn’t do that, but I want this to be a top job. This client lives in a neighborhood that has magazine-quality homes (her neighbor’s house was featured in a book). Needless to say, its nice when she comes over and gives her thumbs up. That is better then money (at this point).

The cradles are the 4th design. The first was the usual cross pattern. It balloned from that to what you see (add days for the build).

Thanks for the nice words. It means a lot when a professional says it looks good.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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sandhill

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posted 07-23-2012 03:26 PM

I live them high end job’s “Where there done”. I will be starting a full wall built in and fire place suround entertainment center. I hope it comes out half as nice as what your doing there.

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 07-23-2012 06:44 PM

Billy that is some incredible work. From what I can see, You are squeezing every inch of usefulness out of the kitchen. Nothing wasted. That is truly amazing to me. Who ever does that kind of amazing thinking? It’s like you see a problem and it percolates in your mind. You come up with an ideal solution. After that, anything less than your solution just won’t work.

Love the stone work. Your solutions are awesome. You have combined function, quality and good looks to the Nth degree. I’ll bet youv’e learned a thousand different things from this project.

Again I’ll say – I’m so glad you kept this blog going.

Mark

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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BillyJ

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posted 07-24-2012 02:36 AM

Thanks guys. I appreciate your comments. Bob, you do great work, I would expect something much better then this. I always liked the bookcase (both separating your kitchen, and in the lanai).

Mark, I think you nailed it. I do keep looking to build a better mousetrap. However, I just keep repeating Gary’s HR signature to myself every time I post something. As I’ve always worked in the Metro-Detroit region, there is a common saying we hold to: Looks great from Woodward (Woodward being the major road in the area). Fortunately, the client lives about a mile from Woodward.

I’ll let you guys point out all of the problems/mistakes :)

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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GaryL

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posted 07-24-2012 11:25 AM

An old saying that went around my crews years ago was ” It looks good from my house”.
One of my guys liked to stab me with this one..”You can caulk up to a half inch”.....Aaaaaaghhhhh!

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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BillyJ

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posted 07-24-2012 02:25 PM

1/2 inch! Heck, with practice, you and do a 1” buildup!!! Unfortunately, I’ve seen far too many who spend more time trying to cover a mistake then take the time and re-do it. Doing it right is always better looking then covering a mistake.

I look back to my youth and times when I would have a bit too much to drink. While laying on the floor I would be stairing at unfinished painting, hidden mistakes, and cover-ups and asking myself, why didn’t they just take 5 more minutes and make it complete? Today, I’m on the floor usually looking for ways to correct those mistakes and cover-ups.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 07-24-2012 04:59 PM

You’re the man Billy.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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