Category: Family

Farmhouse Update – Kitchen Complete!

We put the finishing touches on the kitchen today and we can now call it complete!

When this job started, we thought we had prepared for everything. And most everything went smoothly, but it only takes one thing to mess things up. Our demolition went according to schedule. The new cabinets arrived and were installed on time. And they are perfect. We purchased a dishwasher way ahead of time and it was delivered. But then there was the sink.

That sink. I ordered it from Amazon.ca because we needed an odd size and it was the only one we could find. To my surprise it shipped from New Jersey. Amazon didn’t indcate it was coming from outside the country. Anyway, it was late. Very late. Finally, I got a notice from Amazon saying they considered it lost in shipping and I could have a refund. Time was now critical. We needed a sink in the new kitchen and we needed it ASAP. So off we went to Home Depot and found a sink, smaller than we wanted but at lease it was a sink!

Arranged to have the plumber out to install the sink and dishwasher. They got started but then got called away on another job they said was an emergency. That was Friday. We painted the old cupboards to the exact same shade of white as the new cabinets on the weekend. The plumber returned on Monday and finished the job.

Oh, and that sink that Amazon lost? Well it showed up just hours after the replacement was installed!

We did some finishing touches today and called it done!

New cabintes with sink & dishwasher installed

Farmhouse Update – cabinets

The cabinets were installed earlier this week. All went well and I was told the floors were nice and level, which was a bonus!

New cabinets

As you can see the dishwasher is yet to be installed. That’s because we are still waiting for the new sink to arrive so we can call the plumber to hook everything up. We ordered a small sink – smaller than a single sink but bigger than a bar sink – from Amazon.ca but it turns out it was shipped from the US. It has been stuck in Cheektowaga, NY for over a week now if you can believe the tracking info. Interesting because it was listed as “Sold by” and “Shipped by” Amazon.ca with no mention of it being sourced outside the country. Anyway, the job is on hold until we acquire a sink. I would have sourced it locally but no one had the size we needed. We may now have to install a sink of a different size, if we can find one.

Finishing touches included sanding the drywall where I had patched it and Wendy has painted it. She matched the colours perfectly!

Now we just need a sink!

Farmhouse kitchen update

After the demolition last week, it was obvious what needed to be done in order to get this kitchen ready for the new cabinets that are being installed on Friday.

Yesterday, we had the plumber out and he cut all the pipes below the floor and capped them in the basement. Where the old cabinets had been was partly on the original hardwood floor and partly just sub-floor. I needed to bring this up even to the existing floor in the rest of the kitchen. Where there was just sub-floor, I had to raise it up an inch and a half, so it took two layers of 3/4 inch plywood. Areas where the original floor was still in place needed to be raised an inch and an eighth, so I used a layer 3/4 inch plywood plus a layer of 3/8 inch plywood.

Given the price of plywood these days, I decided to use some scraps I had lying around from old projects. I had to bite the bullet and purchase some 3/8 plywood at the hardware store. I calculated that I needed about a half sheet and they sold me a piece 32″ x 46″ for just $15. My lucky day!

Plywood installed

The above photo shows the area raised up using 3/4 inch plywood with 3/8 in plywood on top. I used 1 1/2in screws to fasten the 3/4 in ply and brad nails to fasten the 3/8 inch ply on top of it.

recycled plywood

On the other side, I just needed a small piece of 3/8 in ply to cover an area about 15″ x 19″ where the original floor was intact. The rest of the opening was covered with a layer of 3/4 in plywood and screwed in place. Then the whole area was covered with another layer of 3/4 in plywood to bring it flush to the most recent laminate floor. This time I screwed everything down with the same 1 1/2 in screws.

Patchin the drywall

With the floors levelled, the next job was to patch a number of ugly holes in the walls. There was one particularly big one shown in the upper left of above photo. Another trip to the hardware store for drywall compound and a couple of drywall patches. The patches were 7″x 7″ and one patch just barely covered the bigger hole. I was able to cut the other patch in half and use these pieces to cover the other two hole. While I had the drywall compound out, I decided to spruce up the numerous small holes and cracks in the walls.

drywall patches in place.

There’s more work to do here, but I am confident this will be ready for Friday when the cabinets arrive. More updates to come.

Farmhouse kitchen demo

We began the demo on the farmhouse kitchen today. We started by tearing out the old counter tops and lower cabinets. The upper cabinets are not being removed.

What was revealed was no big surprise. Plaster walls, damaged in spots, a bit of old water damage where the sink was and the cabinets had been sitting on the old original floor. There have been a number of floors over the years so we are going to have the raise up the old floor for the new cabinets.

Whoever built these cabinets sure didn’t plan to be around when they were removed. They were built solid and nailed into place with lots and lot of big nails, some as big as 4 inches.

The new cabinets are scheduled to be installed this month. I will post updates as the project progresses.

Dash

Dash is our Australian Shepherd. He’s 3 1/5 years old but has been with us only since last February when we re-homed him.

Dash’s first Christmas (with us)

To commemorate Dash’s first Christmas with us I made a plaque with his image on it. (OK, it’s an image of an Ozzie that I found on the interwebs). Here are some photos of the project as it progressed.

Dash carved

I started by importing the image into Carbide Create and designing the toolpaths for my CNC machine. I made 2 toolpaths for the head, first a pocket cut with a 1/8 in endmill followed by a contour cut with a 1.4 mm endmill. The groove around was made with a contour cut with a 1/8 in endmill. The letters were made with a 90 degree V-bit.

After sanding, I applied a coat of shellac to seal the wood to prevent bleed-through during the next stage.

Dash with epoxy

I mixed up some clear epoxy and added some black acrylic paint then applied it liberally to the carving, making sure to fill all the spaces as seen above.

When the epoxy had set for 72 hours, I put the work on the sander to remove the excess epoxy and the shellac. Once back to bare wood, I sanded the remaining epoxy with 400, 800 and 1500 grit sandpaper to bring back the smoothness.

Dash finished

I cut a keyhole on the back with my table router and added my logo (not shown) with my CNC machine. I finished it up with a couple coats of polyurethane on the front and one on the back.

Cutting boards

A while ago, I picked up some bamboo cutting boards when they were on sale at Canadian Tire. My son Joe’s birthday was coming up so I wanted to carve something personal on it for him.

Joe has become quite a good cook of turkey using his back yard deep fryer, so I came up with the following design.

Joe’s Gourmet turkey

The board was carved with a 120 Degree V-bit on my Genmitsu 3018 PROVer. The piece is approximately 12″ x 18″ and is by far the biggest item I have carved. The grooves were pre-cut, the only area I carved is the center and that used most of the 3018’s available workspace.

The board was finished with a mineral oil / beeswax paste that is food-safe.


I had good luck with an image of a Buck’s head on a previous project, so I decided to carve myself a cutting board with that image.

Buck’s head cutting board

I used the same 120 Degree V-bit and finished it with the food-safe paste mentioned above. I was so happy with how this one turned out that I cut 3 more of these, one for each of the guys in our hunting party with their surnames on them. I gave them as early Christmas gifts.