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Kitchen Counter, reprise

Okay, way back in July I posted about finishing the kitchen counter around the sink. In case you forget, this is what it looked like:

As you can see from that picture, there was still some work to do below the counter: namely build some drawers and cupboards. The drawers were finished fairly soon after the counter but we had a few delays with the finishing of the whole thing.

Let me share that particular adventure.

After we had put the counter in, I immediately went to work on the new drawers. I used the same technique I came up with while working on the kitchen cabinet. So it wasn’t long before I had the basic drawers constructed and ready for a fitting test.

Here is Fizgig trying out the first drawer.

He had to try it while it was pulled out as well. He matches the wood pretty well.

The high back on that drawer will make more sense in a moment. Moving along, I made the other two drawers that were to be installed above that first one. We put them in and it all looked good.

Of course, after that they headed out to the staining department. Our staining department (Kat) was also busy working at her new job this summer, so finding time for her to get some of these projects completed meant things were delayed more than once.

In any event, the drawer interiors were all stained a nice red and put back into position.

At this point, I also installed the interior hardware for that bottom drawer.

Yes, we made it a drawer for all of our baking trays and cutting boards. It is awesome because those types of things are a pain in the butt to put in a stack in a cupboard. If you want one close to the bottom, you have to shuffle through the entire stack. We knew when we had put in a drawer like this when we lived in Ottawa that having a similar drawer in the trailer would be really handy.

After that, we needed to put the drawer faces on along with handles and knobs. We also needed cut the pieces for the cupboards, put their edges on and finish them as well. You wouldn’t think that would take very long, but it did.

The drawer fronts didn’t take too long, but the cupboards sat around for quite a while. Part of that was Kat working, distractions of other projects and the fact that several measuring mistakes were made. The cupboards were cut to fit the space, but once you put the hinges on it forces them to sit within a certain small area. I ended up having to trim and redo two of the cupboards because they ended up being too big to fit once mounted to the hinges.

This also meant that Kat had to refinish the edges that I trimmed, which delayed things even further. As a result, it was the third week of October before we reached this stage.

We finished all three new cupboards and everything looks rather nice now.

There is that small space between the center pair of cupboards and the one on the right that needs to have something put in it. I do have a plan for that, but as it is cosmetic, it may wait until next spring as we do have some other things that we are currently working on.

I should mention that the cupboard on the right holds a little secret: I mounted our recycling bin to it and it is hinged at the bottom.

You pull it out and have easy access to the recycle bin, and it’s also kept out of sight which helps to reduce the clutter. You can see I put in some stops to prevent the cupboard door from dropping to the floor (they’re just below the white recycle bin).

In addition to this, while we’re getting caught up on things, remember that bed frame with the drawers we built last year? It looked something like this:

It sat like that for quite a while, with no faces on the drawers. That has now been resolved as well.

Kat painted them green and I put them on sometime in August. It’s so nice to have handles on those things, having scraped the flesh off my fingers a few times trying to get the drawers open without handles.

That gets us caught up with the kitchen and bedroom. We have a couple of other things going on, but time is rapidly running out. It is getting colder, we run the fire quite a bit now and we’ve even had a bit of the white stuff.

We’ve also started into more cloudy weather, so we’ve been trying to conserve our solar power to make it last as long as we can. This means no long days using power tools.

Winter is coming. Are you ready?


Voyages on this Earth

Our common frontier
These are the voyages of the Earthship Walden
Our five year mission
To explore strange building concepts
To seek out new life in dead architecture
To boldly build what Mike Reynolds has built before

Captain’s Log, Earth date: Two zero one six point one one point zero five. With the cold weather increasing, we constantly worry about attack. We have many projects to help us with this, but progress seems to have slowed down.

Kat-Hura: “Captain long range forecasts indicate White Klingons are closing in.”
Captain: “White Klingons? I hope we’re prepared for that. Captain to Engineering.”
Scotty: “Scott here Cap’n.”
Captain: “Scotty, how is that new shield coming.”
Scotty: “Already installed, Captain.”


Captain: “Will that hold off the White Klingons, Scotty?”
Scotty: “Aye, Cap’n. We tested it last year and she worked a beauty.”
Captain: “How about the energy storage compartment? Did we get that closed up?”
Scotty: “Prrrrr, prrrrr…. GET OFF THE BLOODY COMMUNICAT… @#($&^#*#!!!…”
Captain: “Scotty? Everything okay down there?”
Scotty: “Aye, the dang cat walked across the console again.”
Captain: “Well, try to keep the hair balls down there to a minimum.”
Scotty: “Aye…”
Captain: “About the energy storage compartment…?”
Scotty: “Oh that sir! That’s also finished.”
Captain: “The energy modules are secured?”
Scotty: “Aye, snug in their own little box.”



Captain: “Did we managed to seal it off.”
Scotty: “Aye, did that too. Even put on an access hatch so we can get in easily for doin’ maintenance.”



Captain: “Good work, Scotty. That should work quite nicely.”
Scotty: “Thank ya, Cap’n.”
Captain: “Captain out.”

Captain: “Well, it seems we’re quite well prepared for those White Klingons. Nothing to worry about, Kat-Hura.”
Kat-Hura: “Yes, Captain.”
Captain: “Now, if only we could get to putting the bulkhead panels back on the walls in my sleeping quarters.”
Kat-Hura: “That work is still underway, but some progress has been made, Captain.”
Captain: “Really?”
Kat-Hura: “Yes, Captain.” (Brings up the view of the Captain’s quarters on the main screen) “As you can see, we have started with the section around the new porthole that was added.”


Captain: “Well, that’s looking much better.”
Kat-Hura: “That’s not all, Captain. We have even put on several coats of paint.”




Captain: “Wow, you guys have been busy.”
Kat-Hura: “Also, some of the detailing around the porthole has been completed as well.”


Captain: “I’m liking the pine, it adds a nice touch.”
Kat-Hura: “Agreed, Captain. It will go well with the deep green colour.”
Captain: “Any other surprises, Kathura.”
Kat-Hura: “Just one, Sir.”
Captain: “Well, spit it out.”
Kat-Hura: “We also insulated and put a finished panel over the step up to your sleep quarters, Sir.”


Captain: “Hey, that’s looking snazzy.”
Kat-Hura: “We also stained it for you sir, so it will match some of the other decor.”


Captain: “Well, I’ll be worn out dylithium crystal. Things are progressing quite nicely around this shuttle craft. Is there any word from Earthfleet about getting started on the Earthship?”
Kat-Hura: “Unfortunately, Sir, they want us to have some engineers look over and approve the plans.”
Captain: “Dang them and their bureaucracy. Hopefully we can deal with that this winter so we can stay on schedule to begin next spring.”
Kat-Hura: “Yes, Captain. That would be ideal.”
Captain: “I guess we’ll just have to deal with it and keep on going.”
Kat-Hura: “So it seems, Captain. So it seems.”