I am building my wood shop. To justify my woodshop I am constructing my own kitchen cabinets. This is also pretty interesting since I have not built cabinets before.
Our kitchen cabinets, although in decent shape, are dated in a popular style from the mid 70’s. Kim wanted a light color kitchen. It just seems better for working in. Also a kitchen often is the hub in a house that everyone hangs out in for some time every day. Being lighter in color is more inviting.
I love distinct woods with particular recognizable grains (another why for hickory banjos). So investigating what would look nice stained natural, I came across sycamore. It’s a very tough wood with an interlocking grain pattern. When quarter sawn, the grain can take on a very lacy look like Australian lace wood.
Not being a rich man the cost of the wood was important too. With Cherry at ~$8 a board foot maple a ~$6 what could I get sycamore for? Well it turns out it all depends on who I buy it from. It went from $6.50 board to $1.25 a board foot for 4/4 quarter sawn. So, I budgeted $4
When checking out the $1.25 a board foot lumber, expecting a twisted cracking mess, I found out it was kiln dried select or better 12 to 14 foot boards all wider than 6 inches. About half of it has nice figuring, straight and almost no checking.
The catch was they wanted to sell all that they had as a lot. I needed 280-300 board feet. This lot was 391 board feet. So, $488 for the lot when I had budgeted $1,160 plus the opportunity to make more mistakes and not run out of wood. I’m in.
Unless I get request for pictures along the way, this will be my last blog for awhile until my cabinets are done and I’m back to banjo’s. I expect to be January completing the kitchen. (Sycamore could make an interesting banjo.)