Blog: Kitchen

Kitchen Cabinets on the North Shore

These kitchen cabinets were a joint project: a custom kitchen designer from Crawford Bay, a cabinet making company in Calgary, and the install was done by TRC Timberworks. One of the biggest challenges was making sure that communication was working well between the customer, the designer, the cabinet shop, and the TRC Timberworks crew.

It turned out really well after a few hiccups, and it was great to work on the North Shore of Kootenay Lake. There are a lot of interesting homes along the lake – even an old ferry boat converted into a house, overlooking the lake!

It was such a pleasure to install this kitchen. Everything about it was high quality: the cabinets, the hardware, and all the slides and hinges. And all of the cabinet parts were cut precisely, which made for a fast install. Once everything was installed, it looked amazing and the customers were super happy!

 

Butcher Block Island

After helping build this client’s kitchen with Juniper Joinery, she wanted an island to add a little more work space. Because the kitchen was too small to accommodate a full-sized island, I came up with this option. The top measures 33″ x 22″ and is small enough to pick up and slide out of the way when needed.

I designed the counter top to be a butcher block so the customer could use this space as a cutting board for preparing meals. A butcher block top is a great choice for cutting on, since the end grain of the wood doesn’t dull a knife as quickly as cutting across the grain.

I also added in a couple of shelves for storing dishes, and as a special bonus, I added a drawer with hand-cut dovetails for the joinery. And I always give my clients green options when it comes to the finish on my furniture. This piece uses a combination of Osmo oil for the base, shelves and drawer, with food-safe tung oil for the butcher block top.

 

 

Kitchen Sideboard Finished

It’s like magic to me the transformation that occurs when a tree is honoured by creating a piece of lasting beauty from its wood.

I prefer to use solid wood for furniture rather than veneered plywood. Solid wood has a richer feeling and a harmonic essence. It is a joy to work with the grain of each individual piece of wood, responding to its structure and at the same time coaxing it into a certain form. Continue reading Kitchen Sideboard Finished

Cherry Trivets

These are some cherry trivets (hot pads) that I played around with for the kitchen. The variations in colour and grain in the cherry wood are very attractive, and having beautiful wood trivets for the tea pot makes having a cup of tea even more appealing. They are coated with two applications of LandArk natural oil finish and one application of food grade beeswax and mineral oil top coat. Continue reading Cherry Trivets

Maple & Walnut Cutting Boards

I have been experimenting with using various types of wood together which have different colours and grain patterns. I liked how the colours of the maple and black walnut woods were so striking when alternated with each other, so I decided to make a set of cutting boards in this style.

The small board is light and very portable, useful as a cheese board or for small items. The bigger board I made with thicker pieces of wood to be a sturdy all-purpose cutting board in the kitchen. I was really happy with the result, and so were all the people who entered to win these in the draw I offered at the Castlegar Home Expo!

The cutting boards were finished with food grade hemp oil and beeswax. Continue reading Maple & Walnut Cutting Boards