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Kitchen Cabinet Saga, the conclusion

Tis the summer and as you can imagine, there is a lot of running around. With birthdays and cottage trips and just general summer stuff going on it does put limitations on the amount of stuff you can get done around the property. It also means you have less time to blog about it as well.

In any event, we can now proudly say that our kitchen cabinet is fully complete. We installed the sliding shelves a couple of days ago and I have to say, it’s all working really nicely. But that is the end of the story. I shall rewind a bit and talk about some of the trials we went through making those shelves.

I should start off by saying that the sliding shelves are the only part I didn’t create virtually first using Sketchup. I decided that the method I used for the drawers worked well so I would just do the same thing for the shelves. However, had I worked on the virtual versions before building, I may have been able to foresee some cosmetic anomalies that could have been avoided.

Here is the first one after being installed.


See anything wrong? It’s difficult to see, as the picture isn’t completely clear. I created the edging using real lumber this time, not plywood. That made the dado cuts a little neater. I happened to be in Ottawa again a few weeks ago so we were able to do the dado cuts using my Dad’s table saw. We did the edging first and then the bottoms.

In retrospect, I would have done the bottoms first and then the edging. The reason for this is that when I put it together, it didn’t fit exactly perfectly. Either the cut on the bottom was too wide, or the grooves on the edging weren’t deep enough (or maybe both). Had we done the bottom first, we could have done one piece of edging and tested it on the bottom piece. It would then be a simple case of adjusting the depth of the cut to make sure the edging fit nicely. Fortunately, the ugly gaps are all underneath so you don’t see them.

The other thing I should have done is made the front edging piece, which was half the height of the sides and back pieces, run the full width to cover the ends of the two side pieces. The way it is now, you can see the dado cut into the side pieces so there are little holes at the exposed ends of the side edging. This wasn’t a problem with the drawers as we put the facing on those, so everything was covered.

One other thing that bugged me is the edging didn’t go on square, like it did for the drawers. Again, had we tested this when we were doing the dado cuts, we could have avoided this issue. I’ll put that on the list of lessons learned for next time.

Here is a picture of the shelf pulled out.


For the shelf sliders, we bought locking ones, which means when you pull them out they snap into position.

Here is shelf number two after it was installed.


And finally, we started putting real kitchen stuff in the cabinet.


As you can see, we put all of our small appliances in there. Having the plugs at the back and the locking shelf sliders means we can actually use those appliances right on the shelf which helps reduce ‘space rage’ when you’re working in the kitchen.

All-in-all, the cabinet turned out great and very functional. It is super sturdy and will last for a long time. Probably longer than the trailer. ๐Ÿ˜›


For a very brief moment I experienced a moment of peace as I had completed a major project and had nothing immediately pending. I’ve also managed to catch up with a lot of my work stuff as well so I was feeling pretty good.

But these things never last very long as we still have quite a list of things to accomplish.

I noticed by the end of the cabinet making that the blade on my miter saw was making rough cuts. I was still using the blade it came with, so I decided a new blade was in order. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the new blade, but it is a finishing blade made by Freud. Holy cow does it cut nicely!


The piece of wood in that picture is a little dirty, but the smoothness of the cut can be seen pretty well.

I used this to good advantage while finishing another project that still needed to be done: roof bracing. Yes, we still had some of the temporary bracing up for the roof posts so it was about time to get rid of those and put in the more permanent stuff.

I made some big X’s to brace between the posts holding up the center beam. Here is a picture of one of the new ones.


Using the miter saw, I cut out the center bits with repeated cuts so the two pieces would socket together. It worked really well too. Here is another one I made for the opposite end of the structure.


If the wood looks a little different between those two pictures, it’s because this second one I did much earlier in the spring and I didn’t plane the wood first. I decided after doing the first one that planing the wood would make it a bit easier to make accurate measurements. It’s tough to do that on rough cut lumber when one end is 15.2cm (6″) and the other is 14.5cm (do the math you imperialists!!!).

I put up three of those big X’s in the spots between the slide-outs. We are now extra secured.

It is great to finish projects. The sense of satisfaction is really worth it.


Just remember, you won’t ever get that sense of satisfaction if you never try anything. We still have a big to-do list ๐Ÿ™‚


Trailer rebuilding: stove pipe, paneling, trim and fire

If you have been following along, I bet you’re all curious as to how things are going, seeing as I haven’t done an update in two days. We ended up skipping yesterday entirely as I had to take care of some work related things during the day. After numerous emails and phone calls it was well into the afternoon so we just decided to take the rest of the day off. It was a nice break seeing as I have been working everyday for over three weeks to get this done.

However, I can tell you that we have indeed achieved a milestone. Here you can see the wood stove all hooked up with its alien ovipositor attached to it. It wasn’t difficult after I had set up those string guidelines.


Of course, we had to try it out. So here is our first fire in the new setup. Just try to ignore all of the dirt on the floor. We do endless amounts of sweeping, but we just make another mess afterwards.


So now when we work on the trailer, we can light the fire and warm things up while we’re working on it. It’s quite lovely.

We used up all of the new panels we bought and you can see here we have covered the ceiling now.


As well as the ceiling in the kitchen slide-out.


Here is Kat passed out on the table. I’m not going to reveal the circumstances that led up to this compromising position.


With it raining quite a bit the last few days, it made it difficult to do any large scale cutting outside. For instance, I wanted to work on putting the plywood down on the floor of the kitchen slide-out today, but I needed to be doing some long 8′ (244cm) cuts with a skill saw and we can’t really do that inside.

So we decided to work on something else. I moved the miter saw inside and we worked on putting up the trim in the corners. Always lots of fun with angles when doing this. Here I am contemplating my wood.


Mmmm, three way joints. If you’re paying close attention to your cuts, this goes pretty well. If you can’t think spatially, it would probably be quite challenging.

This is a picture in one of the ceiling corners of the living-room slide-out.


Here is a floor corner on the same slide-out. You can also see our really dirty floor too.


Kat also went around and put the plastic on most of the windows, so our winterizing is almost complete. This weekend we have plans to work on firewood processing to increase our stash. After that, I will need to get a semblance of a kitchen back up and running and then skirt the trailer.

So much to do.

Trailer rebuilding, laminate floor

It wasn’t pouring gargantuan amounts of rain today so I was able to pull out the miter saw and get down to some serious cutting for the laminate floor (all of the laminate from yesterday was cut with a hand saw inside the trailer). Kat and I got into a really good rhythm where she would give me the measurements and I would cut the piece. She would then click in the rows as we went along.

It only got tricky when we had to do the last row, but we managed.

Voila! Laminate floor installed.


Yes, we even finished it at both ends of the trailer.


We ended up using nine boxes, with a bunch of off-cuts left over at the end. We will be able to use those when we do the bedroom area in the spring. I bought 15 boxes so there should be enough.

We finished the floor this morning and then had to head back to the store again for more building supplies. This time we were hunting for things like baseboardy type things. We finally settled on a really simple concave style quarter round to fill in at the corners. Here you can see where we put some in.


The place is starting to look pretty snazzy.

With the laminate completed, I can now concentrate on the tiles for under the wood stove. So the first thing I did was pull out the spray foam again.

Wait, what? Yeah, you heard me: spray foam. You see, there were some large cracks to fill along the edges of the walls beside the cement board that I had put in. So I filled them with more spray foam. There was also this ugly gap where the panels didn’t seam properly at the back that I filled as well. We’ll trim that all up and paint it so it’s nice and neat.

Then there was the part about dealing with the cracks between the cement board pieces themselves. I wanted to have a nice smooth surface for the tiles to adhere to, so I brought out some drywall compound and mudded the seams. I’m sure it’s not the best option, but I had it on hand and seemed like a good idea at the time.

Tomorrow I can sand it smooth and then start working on the tile layout.

Here is a picture of that area.


Speaking of tile layout, we discovered today that the box of tiles lied. Well, not exactly lied, but close. It has two different dimensions listed on it: 12 inches x 12 inches and the metric 30cm x 30cm. Well, to be precise, it can’t be both of those at the same time. I had done all of my measurements based on 12″x12″, but, of course, the tiles were actually 30cm x 30 cm. For those who don’t know the conversion, 30cm is 11 and 13/16th inches, not 12. It’s not a huge difference, but it adds up as you go further along with your tiles.

It’s a pain in the butt, is what it is. Never the less, we shall persevere. If I can get all of the tiles cut and laid out properly tomorrow, that means I can glue them on Sunday and then grout them on Monday.

The day of the wood stove is drawing near ๐Ÿ™‚