OK, so the built-ins i've been harping on about over the past few months are finally done (except for another coat of poly, but i'll wait until warm weather so i can open up the house for that one). There's even a pic of the cat who wasn't too fond of the first stain job i did on the tops - yep, he's still alive.
The tops turned out better the second time around, so i guess i owe him a favor.
At any rate, the middle portion of each built-in is a salvaged, stripped, repaired, and modified built-in cabinet that had been pulled out of an apartment building that was being gutted. They're about 90 or so years old. To widen the cabinetry, i made the narrow open shelf cabinets that sit on each side. The tops are birch ply with solid wood edging/molding, and the base molding was salvaged from the dining room wall the cabinets sit on, stripped (lots of old paint), refinished, cut to fit, and installed.
The opening between the cabinets was something i did last year to connect the dining room to the kitchen. We wanted to get that done before puting in the new floor. So, installing the new floor lead to a string of ripple effect projects that is taking over 2 years to complete - but i'm almost done.
Thanks to all who gave me input as i worked on this - my first cabinetry. I appreciate this group and the fine folks who are always willing to offer up good information.