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  • Messy Glue

    2016
    Week 08
    Messy Glue

    Tip #2 involves glue. A simple substance and a simple application but if you have stray glue, you have mess to clean up. A complete waste of time. Continue reading

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  • Adding Face Frames

    2016
    Week 08
    Adding Face Frames

    Tip #9 involves face frames on cabinets. I generally build all my cabinets with a face frame. Wood rails and styles are applied to the front face of the gables. This framework is wider than the wood used on the cabinets. When adding a face frame you want to hang the wood over the side just a little. A small reveal that is later sanded. Continue reading

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  • Tip 11

    2016
    Week 08
    Tip 11

    In this tip, I go over an option for your shelving. I like to use plywood for my adjustable shelves. When my shelves are fixed in place, I use either solid wood or plywood. If I use plywood, I always face the wood so the plywood does not show. Continue reading

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  • Antique Window Cabinet

    2015
    Week 52
    Antique Window Cabinet

    Did I fall in love with this pretty cabinet. The tongue and groove used on the sides and the backing was 3/4″ thick so this made for a very heavy cabinet. The leaded glass doors were old.  One needed a little repair and was a bit expensive but the doors make this piece so pretty. This particular piece measure about 65″ by 67″.  It looks like a get to make two more of these for a lovely couple in the new year. One will be like this but a little smaller and the other will have two smaller doors on the bottom and the top will be open for a tv.

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  • Sofa Table

    2015
    Week 52
    Sofa Table

    I had originally built this sofa table and painted it red and there it sat in the back of my shop for years. I had used old staircase spindles for the legs and salvaged wood for the rest of it. The little drawers took a while but they look great when they are done. One day, I finally decided to paint it white and then I really got motivated and decided to stage the piece. The handles were off a vintage dresser and were brass.  They didn’t look all that great when they were on so I sprayed them black. I thought this picture turned out super.  

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  • Door Headboard Bed

    2015
    Week 52
    Door Headboard Bed

    Over the years I have built so many of these beds.  This is only a few pictures I quickly found. I have taught how to build these beds in my workshop.  Currently, I am working on an online tutorial.  Actually, I have been working on it for almost two years…ugh.  I have been trying to learn how to do the graphics which is the reason for this embarrassing time period.  I have help now so this tutorial should be finished soon. Here is a peek at my new graphics.  I am not the artist.

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  • Salvage Fir Kitchen

    2015
    Week 52
    Salvage Fir Kitchen

    This kitchen was created for one of the nicest couples. They pretty well let me do what I wanted but I think we were on the same page from the beginning of the project. I just love the old fir lumber which was salvaged from an old school in Victoria.  Salvaged wood is very time consuming to work with but it is so worth the effort.  Every piece has to be denailed and recut and planed.  If you leave a nail behind, when you run it through the saw you wreck your blades.  Costs about $95 to replace a blade on a larger bandsaw.  Ouch.  Do that a couple of times and your bill sucks. The little diamond shaped window you see was built in to the wall between the stair well and the kitchen to add some character and a little more light to the stair case.  I can take full credit for that one. The homeowner had the hood fan custom built by a local company. I was feeling very creative so at the last minute I added brick to the little bar area.  You cannot see it very well but there are cupboards underneath.   The bricks I … Continue reading

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  • Lovely Vanity

    2015
    Week 52
    Lovely Vanity

    This couple had just renovated their home and had asked me to build the master bathroom vanity. I used two old spindles that I had almost cut in half, more like I just took off a quarter,  and added them to the edges of the cabinet. The homeowner picked out the really pretty glass knobs. Granite was used on the top with a drop in, not too expensive, sink.

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