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    Default Kitchen renovation started

    Our kitchen has become a bit sad and we had the need to update the 570mm wide free standing electric oven as it has had its day (it actually went pop just days after I picked up the new oven)
    So we are replacing it with an under bench electric oven and gas cook top (LPG)
    There has been quite a lot of planning before I started, I have done cabinets and bench tops before so not new to the venture.
    I was glad to see the back of the existing carcasses either side of the oven as the one on the right was put in crooked and the tiler had to cut the tiles to suit, what a botched job by the installer on a new house (now 10 years old) I have pulled up the old tiles and relayed ones we had left over from when we built the house (it pays not to throw tiles out!)

    I have built all new carcasses and I am also installing overheads and range hood in this part of the kitchen too. The range hood will be ducted out to under the eaves. I have a gas fitter and electrician lined up to do their job too. There will be new power to the oven as I am getting the sparky to redirect the 6mm cable to the shed to give me a bit more scope in there. I have run a draw wire to the oven carcass for the electrician to make life easier on him. Itís a steal framed house with pre punched holes in the noggins which makes life easier.
    A whole new splashback required removing the old plaster and tiles, not a hard job but I am not a huge fan of tiling still it has to be done. While I was hacking out plaster I added a couple of timber noggins for the upper cabinet on the left, I will get in the roof and add one above the ceiling too.
    Bench tops are just laminated Vic Ash panels from Bunnings, they come as 2400x900 for $167 each, Iím filling and finishing with West Systems 105 and a bit of coffee grinds for the veins and knot holes. Both the face and under side of the tops will be coated as well as all end grain, I will slot the screw holes in the carcasses when screwing the tops down to allow for movement too.
    I will be making the doors from mdf and giving them a sprayed finish in a solid colour.
    Progress thus far




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    well your a clever little vegemite, looks great.... so far
    Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

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    Thank you Tony, Iím doing the best I can


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    Looking good. Watching with interest.

    cheers,

    ajw

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    So much fun
    Visit my website at www.myWoodwork.com.au

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    Watching this with interest, need to re do our kitchen in the next few years. Looking good

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    Default Kitchen renovation started

    Three of the four overhead cabinets are in. There will be another over the fridge on the right to tie the whole lot in with another two studs. I was able to hide the fixings for the range hood cabinet behind the box that hides the ducting. As luck would have it, there is a power point in the roof space that I have hooked the range hood up to, which leaves the original switched one for the ceiling fan free for a down light.
    I will have tomorrow off for Fathers Day


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    Are you aware that electrical cables run directly through punched or drilled holes in steel framing have to pass through grommets in the studs? There is a significant danger of damaging overall in individual core insulation by just pulling the cable through raw cut outs with a draw string.
    I used to be an engineer, I'm not an engineer any more, but on the really good days I can remember when I was.

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    Default Kitchen renovation started

    Not the case with manufactured punched holes, none of the wires running through the house as it was built required it. There are a few the original electrician drilled and run through grommets but the rest are run through punched holes.
    My father is an electrician (now retired) and he is in agreement with this. We have had another electrician do work on the house previously and run straight through the punched holes too.

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    For what itís worth!

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    Default Kitchen renovation started

    And this! Satisfied? Like I said in my original post, planning has been done and I am not stupid either. If the electrician has an issue with me running a draw wire down the wall for him, then it is he that will rectify the problem. The original 6mm cable was run through the exact same hole too!

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    Bench top is now finished, a couple of fill coats in the gum veins and a seal coat for the whole top, back and exposed ends then two full coats over the top front face and right side. I used a foam roller to do the final coats, finish was good off the roller but I still wet rubbed and micro meshed then polished to final finish.
    Oh and the grouting has been completed and sealed too.
    I now just have to call the plumber and sparky to get them to do their bit.
    Once this part is sorted I will be on to the rest of the kitchen which involves more tile removal from the floor and the walls, a couple of carcasses and more bench tops. Once all of the basics are done I will then start manufacturing the doors.


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    Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

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    It's all looking good Cal. The timber benchtop works really well - plus it's a good use of available product.
    Cheers, Bob the labrat

    Measure once and.... the phone rings!

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    Looking good Cal. Well done!

    Way back, I hung a thin stainless steel plate on the splash back behind the stove to protect the tiles when cooking anything which might spit fat. It hung off two screws and keyholes in the plate. I also had a narrow plate to fill the gap between cooktop and wall. They went into the dishwasher and were stored with the baking trays when not in use. It saved a lot of cleaning, especially the grout.

    Waiting to see the finished product. Good luck with it.

    mick

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