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Wall Oven Installed

Pete Brown - 28 October 2006

I scribed the wall oven cabinet to the wall and permanently installed it today. After that, Melissa and I hefted that oven into the cabinet. It wasn't an easy task. I have had it sitting on a wheeled furniture mover (basically four pieces of maple with carpet over two of them and four wheels under it. I picked it up at Lowes.) We wheeled it in front of the cabinet, protecting the floor with masonite. Once it was in position, I lifted up the rear and front one at a time while Melissa put 2x4s under it. After about 4 boards in both the front and back, it was high enough to get into the cabinet. It was a perfect on-spec fit, so it took some effort to walk it into the cabinet; there was only a little side-to-side room to play with.

We're both happy to have that hulking appliance in place and out of the way of the rest of the work. Plus, it looks pretty nice there against that figured maple :)


Melissa talked me out of painting the cabinet interiors green. We went with clear on that. The green will be used on thin poplar to cover the plywood toe kick, behind the toe kick arches. The finish used on the interiors is General Finishes High Performance Water-Based Polyurethane. The exterior finish is two coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal Coat (a super blonde de-waxed shellac), wiped on with a rag, followed up by three to four coats of the poly. I sanded between all coats, and sanded to 320 prior to finishing.  The shellac really brings out the figure and adds just a hit of color to the maple (see the third photo). No finishing was done in the oven cavity.

Drawer fronts and doors will come later. I'm scrambling to get the base cabinet carcasses and face frames all done so we can get the granite folks in to measure/template. There's usually 3-6 weeks of wait after they do that.

When the cabinets are complete, none of the plywood with be visible from the exterior. The side near the old oven will have a panel that covers the areas not covered by the other base cabinets and the wall cabinets.

posted by Pete Brown on Saturday, October 28, 2006
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  1. Pete Brown's Blogsays:
    I installed the base corner cabinet over the weekend. I assembled this in the kitchen as the cabinet