Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Kitchen design: Do your homework first

Written by David Getts Monday, 13 December 2010 00:00

52_getts_01When you are asked to design a kitchen, do you simply load up the design software and start drawing? You can, but if you want a good design there are some preliminary tasks that must be completed first. Just like you wouldn't start building cabinets without a set of shop drawings, design work requires the accumulation of certain information before the design process can begin. This is what's known as assessing the needs of your client.



Is it an endangered species and who’s making the call?

Written by John English Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

28_John_EnglishHave you worked with African cherry lately? How about tulipwood, Brazilian rosewood or Parana pine? All of these, plus kauri, Honduras mahogany and African mahogany have at some time found themselves on the endangered list of one of the preservation organizations.



Walnut trees face possible extinction

Written by Skip Morglia and Dave Boyt Monday, 18 October 2010 00:00

The chestnut tree is gone, we've lost most of our elm, ash and many of our butternut trees, and now we stand to lose our walnut trees as well.



Kitchens have become home centerpieces

Written by David Getts Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00

52_getts_01Today's kitchen is the hub of the home, a shrine to the latest trends in construction and technology.



Kitchen concepts for the custom builder

Written by David Getts Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

52_getts_01Many custom cabinetmakers build cabinets to fill a space and satisfy the need of their client without the aid of a designer. Through shear repetition, they have learned what layouts work well, what features are pleasing to the eye and, most importantly, how to complete the whole process so they get paid. But without the aid of basic design principles, the job is simply being engineered, not designed.



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