Built-In Bookcase And Mantle Installation

By Robert Robillard

Custom built-in bookcase and mantle project: On this project we were asked to remove the built-in cabinet and replace it with a built-in bookcase and mantle installation. New Design – Built-In Bookcase And Mantle Installation The plan was to install a custom mantle that is lower than the existing blue-stone mantle and built a new…

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Replacing An Acorn Roof Finial

By Robert Robillard

Acorn Roof Finial I worked on this Nashawtuc Road home back in 2008 when we replaced the front porch floor and installed a unique drainage system. Recently the homeowner had the roof replaced. At the peak of the house’s hip roof sat a beautiful acorn shaped finial. This finial had been repaired many times over…

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How to Apply Astragal Molding On a Ceiling

By Robert Robillard

Astragal Ceiling Moldings Adding a ceiling molding treatment with contrasting paint colors commands attention in almost any room. In this article we will cover how to apply astragal molding on a ceiling. An astragal is a molding profile composed of a half-round surface surrounded by two flat “fillet” planes. An astragal is an architectural element…

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How to Make Plinth Blocks

By Robert Robillard

How to Make Plinth Blocks I love using Plinth Blocks in finish carpentry especially when the door casings are ornate. Plinth blocks act as a decorative base for door trim, pilaster or columns and are often seen in higher end trim work and older homes where the trim and baseboard intersection do not visually meet…

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Installing A Window Seat

By Robert Robillard

Custom Window Seat Installation I recently made a custom window seat for this window alcove.  [photo right] The customer originally had a bench in this spot but wanted something more permanent with storage.  We decided installing a window seat with a hinged lid was the best option. Measuring and making this window seat was done earlier…

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Applying Solid Edging To Plywood Edges

By Robert Robillard

Plywood is a perfect material for cabinet, bookcase and bookshelf making. The only negative to using plywood is its exposed veneer edges. There are a lot of ways to cover these edges from solid wood veneer to thin edge strips to full thickness solid wood edging. This article will discuss applying solid edging to plywood…

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How To Build Rustic Cabinet Doors

By Robert Robillard

Cope and Stick Rough Sawn Cabinet Doors In this article I will discuss how to build rustic cabinet doors. We recently had a remodeling project where we were asked to trim out a timber framed pool house. The project required us to work with rough sawn, ship-lap pine boards and to build two changing rooms,…

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Installing A Swinging Door

By Robert Robillard

Swinging Door With Butler Style Hinges I put the final carpentry touches on my new office by installing a swinging door.  the door is a 15-lite clear safety glass door on a “butlers hinge. ” A butler hinge allows the door to swing in both directions and is sprig loaded to swing open and then…

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