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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Fitted Oak Cabinets

Last night I completed fitting some oak cabinets. The customers were really pleased with the results and so was I! 
The finished job
The spaces to fill at the start

The left hand-side space, pieps run down the one wall making fixing tricky

They wanted a floating oak mantle piece like the one I fitted for myself last year

the mantle piece with template behind

Fitting the ply template to hold the bolts

Using resin to fix the bolts and make sure they're stuck out the right distance

Template and mantle on the front to make sure the bolts are aligned. 


Mantle piece fixed on

The only fixing holes, to be filled with an oak plug later
Building the cupboards

The top of the left hand cupboard with extra support where the TV is to stand

The pipe work at the back of the right hand cupboard to hide but leave accessible

An oak back fitted in

The cupboard ready for the door, this one is to store their firewood and the little shelf is to hold their stuff for lighting the fire

All ready for the doors

Simple panel doors fitted 

The smaller unit with a pair of doors

All complete ready for some oil

Oiled up


The finished job.
I was really pleased with how this job turned out. 
I've put in some late nights planeing, gluing up boards and making doors.  It can be tricky to fit in work around looking after the children full time but I think I manage to get a good balance and interesting jobs like this maek it really worth while.
The customers told me to put on my website that "It was worth every penny". Made me feel really pleased with the work I'd done.

16 comments:

  1. The oak cabinets look excellent Kev. It must be great to have such a skill to make your living.

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    1. Thanks Dave, I was really pleased with this job.

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  2. Nice job Kev. The shaker style doors are just right and keep things simple. A good solution for a tight little room.

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    1. It works well in the room and I matched it to another unit they had. They wanted to keep things looking simple with clean lines so shaker style worked well.

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  3. It looks brilliant, did you leave a hole for the wires to pass through so they could plug the television in?

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    1. Of course! but only a small one so he'll need to take the plug off first!

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  4. Very nice! What oil do you use?

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    1. http://treatex.co.uk/hardwax-oil/ I've used it quite a bit and I really like it, easy to apply and gives a good finish.

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    2. I've looked Treatex up and the product looks really good, exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. Varnishing here is murder unless you are an entomologist out to capture as many insects as you can! Pretty pricey though! How far does a litre go with two coats? Is this a UK product or am I going to find, like I did with my bikes, a sticker underneath saying Made in Cambodia?

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    3. No idea where it's made and doesn't say on the website. The one litre pot was just enough to cover the units in the pictures twice. It's a hard wearing finish as it's the same as is on my floor (although I used the colour tones first on that) and although there is a few scratches it still looks good dispite two kids trying to wreck it. The other finish is osmo oil and loads use that as it's easy to use as well, not sure there's much in it to be honest.
      I should imagine it was easier to to ship from the UK rather than Cambodia though?

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    4. Probably but as I have found out, the price in UK is three times that at the factory door and then the government slaps 20% on top of that! Do you want me to send you the prices I actually paid for my machines?

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    5. Yeah, it would be interesting to see. I'm looking forward to you getting your shop set up, just sorry I couldn't be more help. So many hurdles put in our way! I did end up buying a planner from JMJ in the end though, if you're in England they're a great company!

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  5. A fantastic job as always Kev, it looks great and I'm not surprised the clients are so pleased with it. I was interested in the oil too, but you've answered that already. Does it need re-doing every now and then, or what sort of maintenance does it need?

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    1. An oil finish is never finished! They will need to reapply and feed the wood when it needs it but it will build a better finish when they do.

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  6. Tidy job Kev...
    As always....;b

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    1. Cheers Brian. It was a nice one to do for some nice customers.

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