2013 Personal Best First Place Winner in Interior Projects
What do you do when you want to remodel your 100-year-old kitchen but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on the lumber? You fire up your Wood-Mizer LT40HD portable sawmill of course! And that is exactly what Chris Becker of Northampton, Pennsylvania did. “My wife and I purchased an older home that had never really been updated. We immediately fell in love with the house when we first saw it while on a walk. When it went up for sale, we decided to buy it, and were blessed to own such a gorgeous structure. The house, which was built in the late 1800’s, rests on two acres bordering a creek and the historic 170-year-old restored Kriedersville Covered Bridge. The house was let go over the years. We knew it deserved special attention and care to make it beautiful once again and turn it into our home. We completely remodeled every single room. The largest of the interior projects was the kitchen, which took approximately eight months. We both love to cook and wanted a modern kitchen. However, we also wanted to keep the old and historic feel which emanates throughout the house with all original wood work and southern yellow pine floors still in place.” The type of wood that Chris used for the flooring in the kitchen included black walnut, English walnut, cherry, hard maple, soft maple, hickory, spalted copper beech, and white oak. The upper cabinet boxes and shelves are made out of poplar. The faces of the cabinets and the drawers were quarter sawn copper beech. The framing lumber for the breakfast bar was spruce. Rough cut pine, spruce and hemlock were used in the framing and siding to modify a window and two doorways.
The breakfast bar top was made from a live edge slab of catsura. The moulding he used to hide the wires and the light enclosure boxes in the ceiling was made from black walnut. After eight months of remodeling his kitchen, Chris reflected on the project, “An absolute joy! Everything came together perfectly!” Chris not only used his LT40HD to mill the lumber, but also to straighten the edges of the boards. He utilized his mill to flatten out the live edge slab he used for his breakfast bar before running it through a drum sander. Chris said, “Being able to trim a few boards at a time saved a lot of time and decreased the waste.” This was a key factor in allowing him to save $10,000 in lumber on his kitchen remodel. “After three years of the love, sweat, and tears we poured into finishing the house, the final results truly took our breaths away! All the projects were complete and we were ready to move in. Just in time too! In the mix of remodeling the house, we were also planning a wedding. We were married at our home two months after we moved in!”
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