Wednesday, May 31, 2006

cabinet with counter base for drawers

IMAGE0004.JPG, originally uploaded by Jrome.

Two weeks ago Sunday I built a 12" deep base cabinet and a 24" counter base. I over built it, completely out of 3/4" birch and maple plywood, with tons of pocket screws.

The whole thing will have a concrete top. In this picture the top is 3/4" plywood. Picture a 1.5" concrete slab and a nice single slab of maple connecting two drawers.

I salvaged the drawers from the Thomasville mistake. They're not bad. Nicely dovetailed. Pretty solid. I'll get some AccuRide slides (maybe full extension if they'll fit...they're pretty narrow drawers.)

Before and After

Temporary Counters.jpg, originally uploaded by Jrome.

Just to remind myself that progress is being made. Same corner.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Rainy Weekend Cabinet Work, 2

I was inspired to combine a shallow base cabinet, a secretary, a concrete counter and room for storage. The project is centered around providing storage for our phone and assorted electronics - fax/copier, Mac Mini (so I'm planning), key storage, mail sorter, drawers for pens and pencils, phone books, etc.)

Originally I drew up a huge wall cabinet, but decided to break it into a base cab and wall shelf, to contrast with the wall stack to the immediate right. This project shows just the base cabinet cut plans. I'll use pocket screw joinery and some wood glue on the quadrupled slats that will support the concrete counter extension.

I'll probably add doors later, and most likely a divided drawer (one face, two drawer boxes) before the concrete goes in.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Backsplash, Splash!

I poked around online for hours and stumbled onto Susan Jablon Mosaics and then spent more time blending. Splish splash, a few moments later I was ordering up some samples. We don't have a great amount of area to cover, so we can splurge. What am I saying? We splurge anyway! I mean, heck, we're staying in this house forever, right? Why not do the kitchen up right!?

Well, yeah! Let's hear it for fancy backsplashes in contemporary kitchens!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Rainy Day Kitchen Cabinet Work

This weekend I'm building the final versions of some of our new kitchen cabinets. I'm making them out of 3/4" Maple plywood. I'll fabricate the doors later. Here are the plans for the two landing pads, which will go on either side of the range.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

rosle rack

rosle rack, originally uploaded by Jrome.

In an effort to free up counter space around the stove, we chucked the block in favor of the oh, so nifty Rosle rack. It installed without need for mosle.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Sunday's Finest

before garden fence1, originally uploaded by Jrome.

As I blogged earlier this week, I dressed up my neighbor's garden this Sunday. Here's how we did it!

We took an old fence and knocked out every other board. Then we cut it to the height we wanted. A few beers helped. It was hot! Thirsty work.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

More Fence

IMAGE0038.JPG, originally uploaded by Jrome.

Here's a nice sunny photo of Sunday's work. It's an old fence with a new look.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Hardware, originally uploaded by Jrome.

Cabinet hardware arrived today. Now we're cookin' with Gas! The stuff is nice and heavy. "It weren't cheap," as they say, but we like the look.

I'm seeing it everywhere, so does this mean we're just keeping up with the times?

(I always thought I was behind the times.)

Monday, May 01, 2006


culinaire, originally uploaded by Jrome.

Our faucet arrived today. The box was much larger than I expected. The case was tenor sax length, but only four inches high. The faucet is massive with smooth as butta action. It's all metal except for the aerator cap.

Garden Fence

Garden Fence, originally uploaded by Jrome.

Sunday was post hole digging day. Neighbor Jon and I planted four posts and recycled an old cedar fence I had to make a weathered garden fence. It's a nice addition to the two yards, defining the raised beds.