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Building in Alaska… doing more than you ever imagined you could

February 21, 2016

We all go through life facing new challenges every day. Some we face, as a result of our relationships, like raising children, and others like adjusting to a new occupation because our former employer went out of business. For whatever reason we did not plan on facing these new challenges but we accepted them and found a way to adapt to them. It can be said that if we look inside ourselves we can find a way to overcome almost anything.

There I was,many years ago, on a small patch of earth miles from civilization tasked with the job to build and ‘island kitchen’. Over the course of the 50 years of my life I learned which end of the hammer was witch and managed to remodel my first home ‘a bit’, but to have someone say I think I want you to build an island kitchen for me… well I was lost.

It was bad enough that I could not go to the library or home depot and look at some kitchen construction books without driving 120 miles and wasting a day, but I had absolutely no idea what an island kitchen was. At first the only thing asked of me was a counter top surrounding a space for the stove. This was soon added to with a request for cabinets, shelves and a spice rack. So how does a former printing pressman, assistant hunting guide, video editor figure out what to do?

I took the easy route and looked at the maximum floor space I had to build on and made a cut out for the stove’s dimensions and threw in doors and shelves in what was left.


After the project was started I got a little artistic by attempting to make round corners which didn’t work but ended up with two angled corners and added an extra door in the front to complement the two doors and shelves on the backside.

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Finally finishing it off with 5 coats of heavy high gloss polyurethane and a movable spice rack.


We are now closing on two decades
and though the stove has been replaced
the ‘island kitchen’ is still as solid as ever.
Which goes to prove….
sometimes it is not the knowledge that one has
but the intelligence you have inside you to work with.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2016 9:50 pm

    That is good stuff you are building


  2. February 22, 2016 5:56 am

    That looks awesome!


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