Monday, July 13, 2009

Very Cherry

OK, so here's how it all started. A very generic, white melamine (I call it Mac-Tac, after the ubiquitous peel-and-stick plastic coatings of the 70s) kitchen, replete with a hideous I-Krap-A (is my cabinetmaker's bias showing?) module plopped in the middle of the floor. Ah yes, the floor. A floating floor on top of another layer of flooring, on top of another layer of flooring. Nothing 3 guys with 3 circular saws and 3 crowbars couldn't rectify. But I digress...

I wanted a cherry island. A peninsula, to be precise. With a granite top. Cherry to match the cabinets I designed for the rest of the kitchen, and granite, well, just because I can't think of a better way to tp off cherry than with dark granite.

The first step to build the carcasses for the base cabinets. The plan was to have two cabinets, each with two pot drawers and one standard cutlery drawer on top. I built the frames from cherry plywood, and pine and maple members.

The next step was the drawers, constructed from solid cherry with cherry ply inserts in a pseudo-Shaker style.

Needless to say, in a 50 year old house, the floors are anything but true, so lots of shimming was needed. I think the end result was worth the effort.


  1. Damn! Care for a trip to Minneapolis? This has been on the honey-do list for 5 years!

  2. Oh wow, that looks amazing!!

    My husband is a cabinet maker and we flip houses, so I can definitely relate to this. Remodeling is never easy work!

  3. This turned out stunningly beautiful!! Nice attention to detail and amazing work! Love your blog and now a follower!



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