I Built a Kitchen! // Tiny Apartment Ep.4

I Built a Kitchen! // Tiny Apartment Ep.4


Today we’re going to build almost an entire
kitchen with built-in appliances and not so common materials! Designing the Tiny Apartment projects required
a lot of time because I had to try things out on paper as the space is pretty small
and completely out of square. Eventually I came out with a plan. I put some days into designing the sketchup
model even though it has mistakes as I am definitely not great with 3D digital stuff. First thing I did was to disassemble the studio
kitchen that you might remember I built back in 2017. I am reusing the entire bottom cabinet and
building the rest of the new kitchen around it. So, after reassembling the existing cabinet,
I traced the shape of the plumbing components and cut it out using the jigsaw. Then I needed to make a hole to insert the
washing machines tubings and for that I grabbed my forstner bit set to pick up one. I’ve always had the annoying tendency to
make holes and cuts just big enough and in this case I had to enlarge the hole quite
a lot after testing. And in the end it did work but was a hell
to fit all the hoses and I wish I had made it a lot bigger. To install the existing countertop I had to
make some modifications as I purchased a stainless steel sink and the hole needed to be wider. I traced the contour of the inner structure
first so that I could have an idea of where to fit the sink. Here I was squaring up the left side as I
had to cut it out of square previously to fit in the studio because the walls were weird. And yeah, old buildings on downtown Porto
are horribly out of square but hey let’s pop out this rectangular shape. This top is made out of plywood and a cement
board that is moisture resistant and dimensionally stable and only by the end of this project
I realized I could have cut it inside with the dust extraction attached and no dust would
be flying. But I guess it gave a cool visual effect. I had to remove a little section of the main
structure and then it was ready to be glued in place using silicone. Oh yeah and I did seal the entire edge with
silicone as well just for good measure in case water slips under the sink edge. I can now focus on building the structure
for the oven and fridge cabinet using pocket holes. Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is one of
the sponsors of this project and you will see me using a whole bunch of their tools
during this video that really made a difference to speed up the build and make some tasks
easier. I’m talking about basically all the blue
tools and accessories you see me using. I’ll have a link in the description for
those in case it might help you. The base section of this structure was reclaimed
from the old small fridge so here I am just making the top section. By the way, I am using scraps of baltic birch
plywood that is more than strong for this purpose. For the baseboard – I gave my cnc machine
the task to cut some pockets for the air to flow beneath the over and the fridge areas. To support the oven, I attached two solid
wood boards with screws to the structure and into the drawer cabinet to make everything
super sturdy and connected. As the idea here was to use scraps and left
overs from previous projects, instead of making an entire new countertop, I patched up a square
over the oven section. I wasn’t super happy about this idea but
it hold fine in my mind. You will hear some thoughts about this by
the end of the video. So here I am again cutting the cement board
and in the meantime I cut and finished a piece of water resistant MDF that in Portugal is
typically died in green to be easily distinguishable from the regular material. I prepared the base of the countertop section
and put it in place using silicone and screws. The colour became quite different because
the finish on the old countertop part has aged. I forgot I wanted to place the drawer slides
before fitting the oven so I can later take advantage of the space under to make a drawer. Notice that this green shelf is purposely
cut short in order to allow for air flow. Now it’s time to work on the left tall component
of the kitchen. To save money, I decided to buy cheaper materials
as long as they are not visible because birch plywood is rather expensive. This is why you will see me using some more
green water resistant MDF painted white. I wanted all the appliances to be hidden but
the oven, that obviously would be kind of weird to enclose and probably dangerous, so
this is why the floor cabinet on the left is protruding past the rest of the components. I mean, the main reason is because the built-in
washing machines didn’t fit my budget so I went for a regular one that is deeper than
the cabinet I made some rabbets for the backer board to
sit on using my router table and jointed the parts with pocket holes once again. I sanded and finished the side of the cabinet
that is facing out with water based varnish. As you will see, every piece that is visible
from outside will be made out of birch plywood and yellow valchromat, just like the bottom
drawer cabinet. Here I realized this was starting to get super
heavy and would be impossible for me to move around and complete the tower cabinet build
so I put in on the floor. The plywood I got for the backs was not the
best looking but it was pre finished which was a great help. I also bought a bunch of these sheets to make
all the drawers and bottoms for the next Tiny Apartment projects. I kept the correct spacing to fit the small
dish washer and didn’t bother plugging the holes of the pocket holes because they won’t
be visible. The top bigger volume will become the pantry
and on a later episode I will make a cool solution to organize everything properly. I am now working on the right tower that will
have the built-in fridge. This pocket is to provide some ventilation
for the oven and passing the electrical wire to the outlet behind the fridge section. Again, I am using the green stuff because
it won’t be visible. You will start to notice that things seem
to be really out of alignment and they are, visually. Because the starting point, which was the
bottom yellow cabinet, had non conventional widths in order to fit in the studio – and
because I have appliances in many places, the overall look became a bit weird. So, beware OCD’ers, this might trigger you. I built the parts as I went mostly because
the plan was not completely defined so you will see a lot of repetition in this video. Cutting, sanding, varnishing… Here I will need to plug the oven and the
fridge so I had to change the wall outlet to a double one. It’s time to start working on the upper
cabinets and I started by the exhaust fan. Made a hole for the aluminium tubing to fit
and constructed the box fairly tight. This two strips will allow me to fix the box
to the wall. I test fitted the fan and it seemed to work
nicely. Once it was anchored to the wall being centred
to the ceramic hob, I could find the final measurements for the right and left side cabinets. I butt jointed everything with screws because
they will never be seen and these corner clamps from Rockler were really really handy to keep
everything aligned and square. I almost forgot to make the rabbets for the
backer piece so I reassembled them afterwards. As this is a concrete wall, I placed the boxes
in the correct place and drilled small diameter holes thought the plywood backing pieces to
mark the concrete. Then I drilled bigger holes for bushings and
finally attached everything. Because the wall is horribly built, the left
side cabinet had to be slightly trimmed to adapt to the waves. The fronts of the cabinets were cut from two
different sheets but I tried to match the grain so it looks reasonably continuous. These two scraps are simple templates to trace
the center of the hinges. Number 1 was used for smaller fronts are number
2 for larger ones. Then, I could align this concealed hinge drilling
jig to those lines and start drilling. The provided forstner bit wasn’t really
sharp so it took some effort. It might seem insignificant, but I actually
enjoyed using this jig as I could align it with the same pencil line as in the door front
and get perfectly spaced holes every time. Now it’s just a matter of snapping the hinges
in place. During this build I got contacted by a Portuguese
company that makes plywood called Laminar. They were very interested in partnering with
me so I decided to use their products for the interior parts of the upper cabinets. Laminar is one of the sponsors of this video
and they are very focused on the production of Eucalyptus Plywood. Besides Asia, it is extremely rare to find
a factory producing this type of plywood, which makes them rather special. I found it to be quite strong and hard as
it can be a great solution for structural works as well as pieces of furniture of a
bigger scale. As the faces are great looking due to the
straight grain, it can be used for shelves, table tops, and other woodworking or carpentry
projects. Another idea would be to use it for interior
design, wall panels, doors, ceilings and other contemporary architecture purposes. They invited me to their factory and I found
it so cool that everything is still traditionally manufactured that I decided to film the process
to show you, so I hope you enjoyed this segment. They produce all kinds of plywood meeting
the customer’s needs using other species of wood as well as veneers. I will be using their products on a couple
more videos in the future, so stay tuned for that! You can find the link to their website in
the description. Alright so as I wanted to keep the exterior
faces all in birch plywood, I picked some scraps and glued the remaining width needed
with the eucalyptus plywood. I used floating tenons for reinforcement as
these birch strips are going to be basically floating. The rest of the procedure was the same. Screwing, cutting, checking for fit, sanding
and finishing. One of the back pieces needed a groove to
make room for the electric wire of the exhaust fan. The middle top cabinet isn’t as deep as
the other two because I didn’t want to mess up with the fan aluminium tubing. that means
it is basically rested up on the cabinet beneath it and screwed to the ones on each side. Now that the fronts are ready it’s time
to install the lift mechanisms. I followed the instructions from the manufacturer
and it wasn’t too hard. Nice thing is that the jig to drill the concealed
hinges holes can also be used to attach this component here. I’ll have a link in the description for
these. Now it’s a matter of adjusting the strength
of the lift system according to the size of each door front. Here I am using some more eucalypus plywood
from Laminar to make a divider over the fridge. These corner clamps from Rockler were amazingly
useful as I wouldn’t even know how to hold the wood in place while screwing it on a perfect
position without them. Here’s a hole to insert the microwave wiring. Now I can work on the fridge doors. I took the opportunity of cutting out the
handle shapes on the fridge doors to cut the remaining handle for the door under the sink
to match the rest of the drawers. If you notice, I only carved handles on doors
that I wouldn’t be able to open without a handle. I don’t really like to have protruding hardware
around me because I have a tendency to hit it with my hands and kneed and even my shirts
or jackets get pulled and stuck which is very annoying. So, this is the main reason why I choose to
make holes as handles for the kitchen and the bathroom vanity also has flat handles. A cool trick to make sure your design is being
cut in the centre of your workpiece, is to center it with the zero point on the software. I had to remove the fridge to screw the hinge
plates on and the yellow tower is almost finished. The top piece was indescribably heavy and
couldn’t lift my arms enough to make it fit up in there. To complete the missing space of the full
design, I built a drawer just like the ones from the Studio Kitchen episode that you can
watch right here. There was no space for the hand to fit in
the drawer handle hole, so I created a recess on the oven divider. I hot glued a little yellow strip to cover
the gap over the oven. This doesn’t need to be super attached,
is just a decorative detail. I had some inicial ideas for the backsplash
but ended up going with the same material as the countertop. So I made a hole for the wall outlet and sanded
and finished the surface with two coats of a hight quality hard wax. I really enjoyed the finished look and the
fact that it is moisture resistant. But then noticed that the color was different
from the current countertop that had another type of finish that I tried to sand, scrape
and still couldn’t get it enough removed to be fresh to receive the hardwax. I couldn’t sand the surface deeper to remove
completely the previous finish because once you remove the cement layer that covers the
top, the wood particles from the board get revealed and I didn’t want that look. So this became sort of a mess and I plan to
replace the whole countertop for a fresh new sheet of cement board to which I will apply
the same finish as the backsplash. Frustrating, yeah. I was really happy about the placement of
the outlet hole and replaced the previous white plastic cover for a black one. I think it looks more bad ass… Now the final touches…the baseboard and
completing the washing machine door. And that’s it for now! Or course there is still work to do as I am
planning to replace the countertop, building a storage solution for this big cabinet to
become the pantry, applying a thin light channel aaand closing the cabinet tops all the way
to the ceiling to hide the aluminium tubing. I hope you learned something with my experience
and got some good ideas for your next projects. A big shout out to the people that support
me on Patreon as well as to Rockler and Laminar that all together made this project possible. Catch you guys later! Rather sooner than later, I mean! Ahah

100 thoughts on “I Built a Kitchen! // Tiny Apartment Ep.4

  1. Amazing work. I have a lot of admiration. My mother is 88 years old. Some elements are too high for her. What can you do for older people, In their kitchen? Send me the video also with the kind of solid wheels we can put under furniture. Any kind of furniture. With a system to fix it , also. But with a possibility to change the place of furniture the easiest way…When we can’ t bring everything. On this subject, you need a special furniture which will help you not to bring heavy things like this, don’t you? 😉🌹🌹🌹

  2. The piece of wood below the countertop at the door of the oven will warp and deform in some time because of the heat and steam from the oven

  3. I like the way you arranged and designed the kitchen. Simple but elegant. It’s looking neat and complete in the least sense of space and budget. You inspire me to do it in my kitchen. Thanks a lot for a wonderful idea.

  4. Ur such an amazing and creative creature hahaha I mean I maybe lost doing all those things which u r building. Great job!

  5. A trick I learned from New Yankee Workshop about hanging cabinets is to attach a plank with an angled edge to the wall then have an opposite edge on the back of the cabinet. Just drop the cabinet in place and gravity keeps it there.

  6. Very appealing layout & design–esp. the lack of "pulls" on the drawers. Overall impression: a bit overbuilt….esp. in the use of 20 mm birch plywood….where either thinner/cheaper materials would certainly do…. Bamboo lumber is available & makes very hard, durable countertops, and sliding doors on cabinets are simple, more Japanese, and elegant. Along the same line, in an apt. with wooden floors, some sort of colour (poly) scheme on the door & drawer fronts would add a youthful, playful appeal….

  7. Is there a back ground page on you?
    I came across one of your videos by accident and then watched a couple more. So why would like to know a lot more about you. Like your background in carpentry and how did you get your name on all that equipment. I'm totally fascinated by everything you're doing and would give anything to have all the equipment that you have. But now at my age you wouldn't do me any good LOL. I was a carpenter myself many years ago so I really enjoy watching the work you do. Are these rooms that you do samples or just learning processes or do you actually live there? I have decided to subscribe and ring the bell so look forward to more of your videos.

  8. You should add some LEDs light above the faucet and the surrounding area since it looks a little dark in that area.

  9. This is the most interesting video in the series. Your b-roll of Porto also looks so pretty, where was that stepped green area that you had at the start of this video? Also how many square meters is your apartment?

  10. You cautivated my attention, great job! Just this advice, in design we strive to make all horizontal and vertical lines to align as much as possible. Alignment is like the rule of thumb.

  11. 1st off I agree with suave alpaca and I'm impressed with your multi language skills. Obviously Portuguese is your first language, while your English is almost better than mine(l speak Australian that's similar to English like Spanish is to Portuguese) and l guess that was Duck? you were swearing in???……..

  12. Как люди обходились без всех этих приспособлений раньше?

    How did people do without all these devices before?

  13. I came here thinking it was a video in Portuguese because of the title when I start to watch it was in English. Either way, it is a wonderful video. Congratulations from a Brazilian living in Canada. 😀

  14. This type of video is very satisfying to watch. The craftsmanship is excellent, and you keep everything very tidy. Your voiceover is very clear and easy to understand, however, your speaking on camera is almost impossible to make out. An easy way to combat this, is to use your phone's voice recorder and clap as you are about to start recording, this gives you a big spike in the audio, and an obvious jumping off point in the video during edit. This will allow you to continue to speak on camera at audible levels, and not spend any money on additional equipment.

  15. I'm wondered why you didn't you the whole space to the top? For me it's like just dust catcher and weird empty space or massive visible storage. But very inspirational diy video. 🙂

  16. Refrigerators produce a lot of heat and that heat must go somewhere, I didn't saw on the video how did you solve the problem with heat dissipation? ventilation ports?

  17. Is there anything what you can not make?:) I am so proud of you! And you live in Porto, that is the bonus. Porto is my favourite town 🙂 Ooooo I miss that so much:)

  18. I love home projects and hand made furniture. Especially when it's made from reclaimed materials or scraps. it is definitely more challenging but also more rewarding! I love your work and it makes me even more passionate about making my own furniture one day! Keep up the good work, you're simply amazing!!

  19. There is nothing better than having the satisfaction of having done something for yourself. Congratulations, excellent.

  20. Hi! for your next kitchen: it is worth installing a few mm thick material between the kitchen fan and the cabinet to reduce resonance. It makes the unit a lot quieter if it does not touch the wall or any part of the cabinet. I am also a hobby builder – learned it on my second kitchen cabinet.:)

  21. A Sra. Cristina por acaso não dá formações em carpintaria?
    Sou arquiteto há uns anos e, embora ainda novo, começo a fartar de estar no escritório a fazer desenhos, sem ter qualquer tipo de ação ou emoção física e compensadora em trabalhar com os materiais. Algo que sempre gostei.
    🙂

  22. Great content… clear, simple and good to watch. Thanks! I'm interested in the device on top of the varnish can… Never seen one of those. Can you tell me what it is called? I'd like to find one of those 🙂

  23. Hi..i am very very amazed of how you make things that is so helpful for most of us..Thank you..i'd like to learn to but please can you attache all the tools you mostly using so i can purchase it too in the future thank you and i am your new subscriber

  24. Toujours un réel plaisir de vous suivre dans la réalisation de projets ..bonne continuation , je continue a vous suivre depuis la Belgique

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