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#1 tiretrx OFFLINE  

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Posted October 14, 2016 - 07:19 AM

My wife's birthday yesterday. She's not easy to buy for, so most of the time I let her pick. But, I had an idea this time. She's been complaining of a lack of draw space in the kitchen for a good while. After looking at certain options, nothing really appealed to me. They were either too cheesy looking, flimsy or didn't match our older kitchen. 
 
Then there was the solution, right in front of my eyes for five days a week. 
 
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Best guess, it was a 30's or so shop cabinet. Maple chop block top, all steel frame and draws. First thing, tear apart, assess and clean. The handles were heavy bent steel, welded to the draw fronts. They were cut off and ground out. I had some chrome plated brass draw pulls that I had saved for a good reason. The maple top was belt sanded initially to cut decades of grease/oil away. I did not sand it smooth though. There were decades of stories in the wood, and I wanted them to stay. After that, 6 hand rubbed coats of tung oil. The height of my countertops is 37-1/2", so that meant raising the new cabinet 5". I had some old old bed rails in stock. They were 3/4" and matched my cabinet stock pretty well. Goodbye bed rails. All metal was sanded, prepped and sprayed in a gloss black. Anyhow, after a month in dribs and drabs, we surprised my wife with this for her birthday. Notice the "staging" we did with the bowl of apples and matching color vintage coffee pot, lol! She was real happy with her new 11 drawers.
 
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Posted October 14, 2016 - 07:30 AM

Nice job, it's amazing what a person can do.

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Posted October 14, 2016 - 07:36 AM

nice I like it


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 07:48 AM

Awesome! Nice job of making it usable for her! Probably one of the best presents she has gotten from you. :D


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 07:56 AM

Beautiful work!  I love that!


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 08:38 AM

Nice job and a  :happybday: to your wife.


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 08:59 AM

That is a very nice kitchen unit you built/rebuilt.

She will like and appreciate it.


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Very nicely done.

If she wants an appliance garage, it looks like it needs to be about 8x10?
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Posted October 14, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Very nice.


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 11:29 AM

Very nice work there.


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 11:31 AM

All I got is WOW!!!!!
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Posted October 14, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Very nice! if she's looking for more counter space, you can always ad a fold down side on a hinge that locks in. I have something similar in my kitchen, it's just on wheels. Roomba, Reagan (my black lab) and my buzzed friends when over, all forget and then it goes rolling into the corner quickly LOL.

 

Great work!


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 11:47 AM

Beautiful addition. What a labor of love! :)


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 02:00 PM

Great job! Always nice to repurpose something and make someone happy doing it.
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Posted October 14, 2016 - 02:00 PM

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