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Chris Becker's 100-Year-Old Kitchen

2013 Personal Best First Place Winner in Interior Projects, LT40 Hydraulic owner Chris Becker

Wanting to remodel his 100-year-old kitchen, Chris Becker used his Wood-Mizer LT40 Hydraulic to saw 800 board feet of lumber and estimated he saved $10,000 by sawing his own lumber. 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. After eight months of remodeling, Chris reflected on the project, “An absolute JOY! Everything came together perfectly!” Chris not only used his LT40 Hydraulic 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.”




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