Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cabinet, Cabinet on the wall...

Last weekend we worked on getting the wall cabinets up and most of the base cabinets installed. Starting in the corner with the lazy susan, we worked outwards bracing and shimming as we went. It turns out our walls aren't perfectly straight, so it took a little tweaking.
 Clamping the face frames, we located screws that will be out of view once the counter top is in place. This cabinet also has an electrical feed for the oven.

 Of course, since the oven is exactly the same width as the cabinet, some modification was needed. With a flush pattern router bit the size of the face frame was maximized on all sides. That would leave about a 1/4" of space to slide the oven in.
Here's how the electrical work gets done around here. Next the oven needs to be installed.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sticky Fingers

These little frogs seem to be attracted to our windows. They've got some pretty amazing stickability.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sore Knees

We had a very productive weekend. The big job to tackle was the Hardibacker for the floor. Previously there had been a layer of plywood that the tile was adhered to, but the cement board will be a better substrate for when we actually get around to putting tile back down. Jen took on the task of troweling out the adhesive while I followed behind and screwed down the boards. By the time I was finished with one board Jen had the next area ready to go.
It's not a comfortable job working on flooring, and it took quite a few hours. It didn't help that our tolerance were a little tight so i had to do some trimming. Cement board is a hassle to trim, especially when you're just taking off a 1/4". We laid out the screws per the recommendations and ended up using a total of about 1000 in the floor. This is when i was glad to have a power drill, rather than relying on the cordless.
We even got around to building our wall cabinets
Just a small glitch with the gluing of the corner cabinet that left the face frame a little warped. Hopefully more wood glue and clamps will solve the problem. We'll see how that turns out in the morning.