Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kitchen progress

Today we had the rare opportunity to see our kitchen cabinets taking shape. This is one of the advantages of doing a custom kitchen. After our sons nap we loaded up the car and headed south deep into Amish country. True Ohio splendor and gives our son the ability to know what a hay-stack actually looks like and let him appreciate the simpler life that can be equally fulfilling. The trip takes all but an hour and - when not raining - makes for a very pretty drive.

At the cabinet maker's wood shop we saw our kitchen dreams become reality for the 1st time. We were both in awe of the craftsmanship before us even without the final treatments of the beautiful natural maple. The fit-and-finish is unparalleled and the construction is rock-solid. The prep island already has the Blum Servo-drive installed for the recycling center and all the other Blum BlueMotion hardware had arrived a day before. The whole kitchen will be soft-close (both the drawers and the doors), full extension and full overlay with no particle board insight. After seeing them look this good in their current state we feel 110% certain we made the right decision for the kitchen which is the focal point of the dream house.

The finished cabinets were also undergoing some rigorous Quality Assurance test by 3 boys (aged 2 through 6) climbing through them, playing on them and running around them. Didn't even hear a squeak...

In about 3 weeks the cabinets should be all done but before mid-December we might get another sneak-peek when they are about to be stained. Can't wait for them to be delivered and ready for us to use.
Our recycle center with...
... a little trick, the Servo-drive release and close (by Blum)
The Master Carpenter, Joe Yoder, and his craft. (Photo taken with permission for the blog)
Dovetail construction, in pieces.
Dovetail, finished. For the record, completely sanded smooth...
Bottle cubbies.
No particle board... all plywood and solid maple.
Blum Bluemotion soft-close hinges.
Blum Tandem Bluemotion soft-close drawer slides.

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