Kitchen Kapers

2012: the plan was, now that the extension was all but finished, to finish the laundry, paint the east wall of the house, maybe start on the kitchen, and get lots of odd jobs done.


The reality: Start painting east wall of the house and get an offer by a fantastic woodworker, Michael Thomson. to build our kitchen at a reasonable cost using timber slabs  that we had bought three years ago and the carcasses of the existing kitchen.

Michael runs Tasmanian Sculptural Furniture from his studio under Quamby Bluff, in the Western Tiers of Tasmania. A great woodworker with a good eye for design. Worth a look at his website if you are looking for inspiration. Worth contacting him if you want furniture made.

It was decided that the kitchen could be made in two stages. Michael came and measured up and produced some designs. It was essential that it incorporated our fine timber dresser, and had room for the ladder that we use to get up into the roof space. The cupboard above the fridge space has a false back so that hot air from the fridge acn be vented up through the ceiling. It was constructed from Hoop Pine plywood made in Queensland by Austral Ply from plantation grown Hoop Pine. It has a fine finish and is approx $180 a sheet. The edging is Blackwood from the stash we had and the doors and sides are New Zealand Kaurie. We decided to use Zincalume mini orb from Lysaght Steel for the door infills.

Michael said that it would be about three weeks before he would be ready to fit the kitchen. This was great timing because it took me that long to re plaster all the edges and faces, sand it off, re-apply, sand it off, re-apply, under coat and paint the kitchen. This was a job I had been putting off because I am not practised at plastering and did not want to do it basically.

Anyway I got into it. Plastered, painted, and while I was creating dust sanded the floor in the snug and hallway.

Michael came and installed the first half of the kitchen in a day. It is finished with Organoil, an Australian manufactured natural oil finish, and then waxed I have to now move the sink and take apart the kitchen carcasses so that Michael can make the second half. It is great to be able to work with someone flexible so that you can use recycled products and plantation pine etc. The pictures tell the story!

Plaster, plaster, sand, plaster

More plastering

Looking better for paint

View from the other way

The kitchen starts to take shape

Kitchen from the other view

Kitchen with fridge and dresser in situ

Kitchen showing detail of doors and ladder cubby hole

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