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A Cabinetmaker's Kitchen

A new kitchen combines exemplary woodworking and a practical plan

Andrew Jacobson had been building cabinets and furniture for clients all over the world for years when he decided to tackle a project closer to home: his own kitchen. With assistance from his wife, an authority on the cultivation of Asian medicinal plants, Jacobson was guided by a Japanese aesthetic, which emphasizes natural materials—especially wood. The predominant cabinet wood he used was quartersawn beeswing sapele, but he also used Douglas-fir trim, red-elm for a linen cabinet, jatoba flooring, and a walnut slab for a peninsula. Other features include a marble-slab backsplash behind the stovetop, a bump-out at the sink, a sliding gate to keep the dog out of the kitchen, and a roll-out shelf that can be used as a landing pad for hot pots.

A Cabinetmaker's Kitchen
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