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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Southern Louisiana

    pacific coast biggest job

    what you'll see isn't even half of what went into this house. all pacific coast maple, a slightly softer and pinker cousin to traditional maple. stains much better and costs less.

    this job was a total nightmare!!! from the doors that i got from a new company that were unacceptable to the many 1 hour trips to the job, to renting a uhaul to deliver in the rain to please the client, to you name it. if it could go wrong this job had it go wrong. still not sure if i even made any money or not.

    this is definitely the biggest job i have done. it had 44 individual cabinets in it. almost double my previous biggest job. i had some firsts and never agains in this house. i always seem to get myself in trouble trying to push the envelope and do something different, when will i ever learn?

    well here they are, not the best pics, i had my old camera with me that day.

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    the gap over the fridge is purposeful. there is a trim kit that goes there, to make it look built in.

    please tell me what you think of the detail on side of the island, i mixed the raised panel look with the inset panel with moulding. just trying to get a different look, i am still not positive how i truly feel about it. be honest, you won't hurt my feelings

    thanks for checkin it out

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Houston, Texas
    Hi Chris ,
    I knew you were not on vacation like some of the others said.

    Big job! Lots to think about and a great learning experience. It has some real nice qualities to it. Will discuss later as time and energy allow. How close are you to done?
    Double stile on the island side lends itself to conflicting grain and colors.
    Push on! you get better every go.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    From the end results, I could not tell that you had all of these problems, man that is one nice kitchen.

    VERY nice work Chris, you should be proud of your work, especially considering the trials and tribulations you went through, kudos!
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Despite the trials and tribulations, it looks like you won on this job. Very nice work, Chris.

    I suspect if you didn't push the envelope every once in a while, you'd get bored real quickly. Plus, if these things were easy, everybody would be doing it.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Southern Louisiana
    nice eye shaz, i agree, if i had to do that again i know a better way to do it now.

    thanks for the comments...job is done by the way, finally

    stu, i am's just hard to think about it, bad memories....
    thanks a bunch

    vaughn, you are right, if i couldn't continually change and adapt to new things i'd wanna quit. that is one of my frustrations with the biz right now. not enough people wanting something different. they all want what their neighbor has.

    thanks for the comments guys

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Customers can be fussy. Nothing to criticize there, to my eye. After they stop complaining to you, they will be bragging to their friends. Hope you did make some money on this project.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Southern Georgia
    Very impressive work Chris!

    And, if it wasn't so challenging, and such a nightmare...well, you ain't trying hard enough!

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    Fivebraids, Inc.
    When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there’s no end to what you can’t do…

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Very impressive job Chris!. Congratulations.

    Did you carve yourself the (I do not know the english word for it) details under the central island? How long did it take you?
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Chris, beautiful work! Man get shots of that to put in a portfolio. I know one cabinet maker that uses a professional photographer to keep his work documented. I cannot believe that the job did not present many many obstacles, but from the shots, you overcame them better than well!!! Great job.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan

    Hip Hip Horray!

    thanks chris for showin us some real flat work and not spinny stuff the island looks great and i like the detail above the stove area too the curve is nice.. in my eye the mix on the island of inset and and normal raised panels took some gettin used to.. the corbels lend them self to the rest of the kitchen and draw it together.. great job and i dint hear of your trials but the outcome was great!!!!! i do think i need to see you in production mode i could learn alot from your skills
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