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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Semi Custom Fireplace Mantle

By Robert Robillard

Below is the original bookcases that I removed prior to building and installing a custom mantle. Stock Size Mantle vs. Semi-Custom Mantles Many fireplaces built in today’s homes are of a standard size and easily accept a catalog purchased mantle.  These mantles usually come shipped in a box in three pieces.   The three pieces are…

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Using Kitchen Cabinets To Fill Niche Locations

By Robert Robillard

Working with dead floor space! Old Yankees and the Shakers had something in common.  They always made the most of available space. Recently a client asked me to look at her kitchen.  She had a 14″ recess in her wall off her kitchen and wanted me to build custom cabinets so she could use the…

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Installing Crown Molding

By Robert Robillard

Crown Molding Basics   Crown molding is a decorative trim piece the sits on an angle, and is used to cover transitions between surfaces for decoration. It is installed where the walls and the ceilings meet. They can either be plain or sprung. It is typically made from solid milled wood or plaster but may…

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