Archives: Cabinetry

Colored Caulking

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Painting and Finishing

When I installed the cabinets for the bar area I used a matching skin panel on the back side of the bar to match the cabinetry. Unfortunately the panel was only 8 feet long and the space was about 8 feet plus 1/4 inch. So when I installed the panel I held it tight to…

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How To Build Concrete Countertops

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Kitchens

Today’s guest post comes from Matt Smith who has been working in and around the construction industry for a few years. He specializes more in the concrete side of construction but business has slowed so now he works for Gatorback Pro Tool Belts and writes for there DIY blog. Lately, concrete is becoming popular as…

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Add Elegance To Your Cabinets with a Few Simple Details

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Finish Carpentry, Kitchens

Cabinet Moldings Many home owners are installing new cabinets in their homes as a DIY home improvement project. You can add elegance to stock and semi-custom cabinet lines by adding a few simple details. Almost all semi-custom cabinet lines come with a very generous selection of matching moldings. When I designed our new kitchen the…

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How To Build A Bookcase

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Closets & Storage, Finish Carpentry

DIY Bookcase In this post I’ll show you how to build a simple bookcase. Bookcases can be as simple as this storage room bookcase or as elegant as a fine piece of furniture. There are many different ways to build a bookcase, this happens to be my preference typically. Bookcase Materials For this bookcase I’m…

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How To Install Cabinet Door Hardware Quickly and Accurately

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Power Tools

Cabinet Hardware Template In this post I’d like to share with you a great piece of advice on how to install cabinet door hardware quickly and accurately. Once you’ve spent thousands of dollars on new cabinets the last thing you want to do is ruin them by doing a bad job installing the hardware. Next…

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Lubricating Wood Screws with Soap

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Finish Carpentry

Many of you probably already know about this DIY tip but it’s such a good one that it warrants repeating. If you’ve ever installed wood screws in any type of hardwood you know that it’s a tough task even when you pre-drill a pilot hole. One of the classic examples is installing wood screws in…

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Cutting Dados with a Router

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Finish Carpentry

I’m getting ready to build some book shelves for the new basement storage room. To build the book shelves I’m going to need to cut dados in the side panels of the shelves. The easiest way to cut the dados is to use a router with a straight plunge cutting bit. I’m going to make…

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Great Kitchen Design

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Design

One of our favorite parts of the new home is definitely the kitchen. We probably got about 90% of what we would consider our dream kitchen. I think the only thing we didn’t do was go all out on the cooking equipment. This kitchen uses Kraftmaid Birch cabinets with all plywood construction. The door style…

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