Friday, October 30, 2009

Wine Storage Cabinet for Wine Cellar (Progress)

Wine Storage Unit 001

I have a neat and exciting job!  I am currently building a section of a wine storage unit for a client who has a wine cellar.  The wine storage cabinets are made into three separate sections for the specific room they are going in.  This room will be equipped with a refrigeration system in order to keep the wine bottles at the optimal temperature. 

Wine Storage Unit 002

I will be updating you on the progress of this job as we go along.  Please send questions, if you have any!

Until Next Time,

Mark Weber

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Weber's Cabinets Custom Made End Grain Cutting Board

End Grain Cutting Board

Would you like a hand crafted chopping block for your kitchen counter?  This is a sample of what we can custom make for you.  This chopping block is randomly patterned which makes each cutting board unique.  It is made with cherry and maple lumber and the end grain on the top and bottom.  The end grain block lasts longer and usually restauranters and cooks purchase these for their durability and long lasting effects.  Look for this chopping block in our new store on our website and you can have one too.  Pricing starts at 155.00 plus shipping and handling.

  Until Next Time,

Mark Weber

Monday, October 19, 2009

Connecting a Mantle with an Entertainment Center

EC with Fluting & Mantle

This photograph was taken just after we installed the entertainment center and mantle.  This cabinet and mantle were made with cherry wood and the finish was the color choice of the homeowners.  This is a fantastic example of how you can incorporate your mantle next to your entertainment unit.  A lot of new homes in the central valley have open niches right next to the fireplace and it leaves homeowners questioning what to do with the space.  Weber's Cabinets always has new design ideas that go with your home and decor taste.

Until the next project,

Mark Weber

Friday, October 9, 2009

Arched Entertainment Center

Do you have an empty alcove with an arch-just waiting for the right piece of furniture to fit in it?  There are a lot of open niches in new homes and homeowners are having to find a custom cabinet maker to build cabinetry to fit perfectly into their alcove. 

This picture is an example of an alcove that had an arch in it.  We built the arch from a handmade template that we actually traced from the wall.  When I make my own pattern I can be sure that the cabinet will slide in perfectly and fit in the alcove like it was always there.  This entertainment center was made out of cherry wood and we finished it to match the existing cabinetry in the clients home.  As you can see the client preferred that we make storage on the sides of the TV instead of opting for pocket doors that would cover the TV when not in use.  Please if you have any questions about this job or what Weber's Cabinets can do for you, email me!

   Mark Weber-@

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Home Office Cabinetry


Have you ever wanted a office of your very own in your own home?  After my kids left the house I did, and I turned my sons room into an office.  I also put a TV in there for good measure.  I designed the office to be accomodating for my wife and I to use the computer condusively if we wanted to and to be able to watch TV and sit in a recliner.  This picture is of an office in a Del Webb model home in Lincoln, California.  We have built many different types of home offices over the years some to accomodate younger children, others for the newly empty nesters.  Whatever your ideas are on how to turn a spare bedroom or alcove into an office we have many suggestions for you. 

Until Next Time,

Mark Weber

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


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This is a great product to use to clean your cabinetry. Even if you have never properly cleaned your cabinets before, this product will make the wood look new and fresh. I recommend this products to all the clients that purchase cabinetry from me for maintaining a beautiful finish on their cabinets.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

How Do You Get a Cabinet to Fit Under a Slanted Wall?

Some houses built in the 1980's had the trademark for slanted ceiling areas, especially in the upstairs.  Just like this one, we built linen storage cabinetry to fit into the slanted area and made it look like it was meant to be there.  Custom cabinets show our best work and this is one of those.


Ask the Cabinetmaker-Mark Weber

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Need to Replace Your Breadboard?

If you are like many people you may use your breadboard every day. This usage causes cuts and scratches to the wood and over time can create a chopped up look.  The breadboard can be rubbed with mineral oil to revive it's grain and washed with light soap and warm water.  Be sure to dry it quickly, because you do not want water soaking into your wood for long periods of time.  If you have a breadboard made out of lumber the water can cause the breadboard to warp or swell in size.

Many times breadboards are made of maple plywood with a lumber front attached that is finished.  Depending on the grade of plywood, your board should last for 20 years or so.  If Weber's Cabinets remade your breadboard with the maple plywood we use I can guarantee that usage of time.  Some customers want their breadboards remade with solid lumber, and this is a pretty alternative.  Lumber is the actual wood material with no fillers like plywood so this will make the board last even longer.  The cost for the lumber is more expensive, but the 30 year lasting factor weighs out the difference in plywood material.  Either material works well as long as your cabinetmaker uses a high grade plywood or lumber.  Just make sure by asking about what grade lumber and plywood they purchase. 

If you have a breadboard that needs replacing, email or call Weber's Cabinets for a quote.

Until Next Time,

April Morse (Girlfriend on Your Side)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

How to Revive Your Cabinetry and Make it Look New

If you like your cabinetry finish color, this article can teach you how to refinish your cabinets to make them look new.  Lacquer breaks down on wood and it shows after 10 years of cabinetry use.  You will see the damage on the cabinetry as white age spots.  Severe damage on lacquered cabinets will actually show the bare wood.  So lets get to it!

Step 1:  You need to remove all doors, hinges, and knobs on your cabinetry.  

Step 2:  When the damaged finish is extreme you will have to strip down the entire door to bare wood.  You will need to sand the door with a slightly heavier hand all over.  If damage is minimal you can sand LIGHTLY the entire door and frame with 220 grit dry sandpaper.  Be careful not to sand through the stain when you start with minimal damage.  Also watch the edges and corners because you can sand through the finish quite easily in those places. 

Step 3:  After sanding wipe down doors and frames with tack cloth to remove all the dust. 

Step 4:  Find the same color stain that was used on your cabinets and lightly rub it on the doors and frames.  After rubbing the stain on, wipe it off with a finish cloth. 

Step 5:  You will now need to get a polyurethane and brush it on the doors and frames.  After 24 hours letting your cabinets dry you will need to repeat steps 2 to 5. 

By following these steps you can revive your old cabinetry and make it look new!

Mark Weber-@

Friday, August 28, 2009

Painted Cabinets vs. Thermafoil

Oh the joys of thermafoil cabinets......just kidding.  Now that you know how I feel about them lets get down to business.  I cringe when I hear about thermafoil cabinets because they just are not real.  If you get to know me and read my posts you will start to figure out that I am a girl who likes wood, real wood.  I love the smell of sawdust.  I love walking into the shop and hearing the saws cutting the wood.  I enjoy touching the smooth wood just after its been sanded, and I love being able to see the character of the wood with the grain and knots.  Just call me old fashioned but I will give you specific reasons why thermafoil just doesn't work. 

Firstly thermafoil is essentially partical board with a thin coated veneer heat wrapped around it.  This is a profound invention and intelligent I might add because who would think to make a "foil" that "looks" like wood and stick it on to particle board.  Interesting and yet confusing because thermafoil costs more than real wood products.  It does take time and energy to create this type of material for use and the extra time costs money. 

Secondly, if you scratch thermafoil it cannot be touched up.  For example, wood is real so when you get a knick you can sand it and refinish it.  With the foil wrapped door you can't touch it up.  The foil is like a 1/16" thick of veneer which can peel off when its scratched.  Because it is not wood you cannot sand it and you will end up having to replace the door. 

Thirdly, the colors of the veneers of these foils change over time with the trends.  Just like finishes on different woods are more popular at different times these foil colors go in and out.  I have an example of a client that came into our shop last summer.  She had a small fire in her kitchen and the flames burnt up the foil quickly on some of the doors leaving the bare particle board showing.  She brought in the doors frantic to replace them.  When we found the foil samples we could buy, her color was no longer made and no longer in stock.  She was stuck with a kitchen of foil wrapped doors some that were damaged and no way to repair them.  This gives you the homeowner only one option; REMODEL.  You will have to gut out that entire kitchen of cabinets and start new, unless you can live with bare wood particle board doors. 

Lastly there is the cooking element to the problem.  When you boil water on the stove it emits steam from the pot sometimes causing humidity and water drops to accumulate on the cabinet doors above the stove.  I could see how over time that the foil wrapped around the cabinet door could start to peel from the seam. 

I saw a whole kitchen refaced with this type of laminate glued onto the frames of old oak cabinets.  The seams that appear at the corners were coming up only 2 months after the installation of the whole job.  This startled me to the least and made me think about how the cabinet is fabricated.  I just like it when things are made well, and durable.  I also like knowing that if one of my boys puts a hole or dent or scratch into my cabinet, I can still fix it. 

Until next time, this is the Girlfriend on your Side  April Morse 

Monday, August 24, 2009

How to get an "Apples for Apples" Cabinet Quote

How do you know you are getting an equal comparison quote from your cabinetmaker.  Many cabinet makers use different materials, different grades in material, and various guides and hinges, plus or minus a few other things it takes to make up an accurate estimate.  I am going to give you a list of all the items you will need in order to get an accurate quote from a cabinet maker. With this list you will make sure when you are pricing your cabinets that the quotes are indeed comparable. 

1.  Firstly, decide the wood species you want to use.  Make sure the cabinetmaker is using a high grade of lumber and plywood.

2.  Secondly, find out what the cabinet boxes are made out of.  Are they made with maple melamine?  Is the grade on the melamine high?  These things make a difference, because then you can find out if the materials your cabinetmaker is using are reliable. 

3.  This may sound like a dumb question but I am going to tell you to ask it.  Do the cabinets have backs?  If the cabinet maker makes the cabinets with out backs RUN don't walk in the other direction.

4.  Fourthly, what type of hardware does the cabinet maker use?  What brand name is his pitching.  Take his expertise, because the hardware he works with the best is what he will recommend.  With hardware I mean, hinges for the doors and guides for the drawers.  I would also make sure the guides are full exstention because then you can have full access to everything in your drawer.  Also make sure you have fully adjustable hinges on your doors.  They all need to be able to adjust up, down, and side to side. 

5.  What type of door style do you like?  Make sure you pick one out because this could mean the cabinet maker is guessing what type of door style you want and that can cost you money.  Always remember, the door is the most expensive part of the cabinet. 

6.  Are the cabinets finished by your cabinetmaker?  Is that included in the bid or is it separate?  Make sure of that before your final decision.  When your cabinets are finished in the shop you don't have to deal with a painter spraying laquer in your home.  A lot of cabinetmakers have cabinet finishers outsource their work so make sure you have contact with the finisher.  Is it the color you want?  Make sure you get a sample.  Also, find out how many coats of stain they put on your cabinets and if they use a sealer on the top coat. 

Well I hope I didn't overwhelm you, but if you need an accurate estimate, these are the questions to ask each of the cabinetmakers that quote your job. 

April Morse-The girlfriend on your side

Saturday, August 22, 2009

To Refinish or Not? That is the question.

Are you planning to remodel your kitchen?  Do you plan to buy new appliances and put in new counter tops?  Are you thinking of saving money by refinishing your existing cabinets?  You might want to investigate whether or not you actually will save money by refinishing. 

Refinishers are making a big turnout during this time in our economic season and that is because it seems to cost less to refinish your cabinets than buying new ones.  If you can refinish your cabinets yourself you can, and will save a lot of money.  But if you decide to hire someone else to strip and refinish your cabinets you are going to pay a hefty price for it.  Refinishers will also offer you to change the style of your doors which can change the entire look for your cabinets, but that will also add to the cost.  If you have ever stripped down any type of wood furniture you know the time and energy it takes, and that it is not easy.  That is why it does cost a lot to have someone strip and refinish your cabinets.  If your cabinets are in good shape, you like the design, and you are not putting on new countertops I would definately suggest refinishing because it will save you money. 

If you are going to put in new countertops and new appliances I would definately suggest getting a quote for refinishing your cabinets versus ripping out the old and bringing in the new.  You might be surprised! 

-Look for my video coming up next week where I talk about a refinishing project of my own!

If you can imagine it, we can build it......  April Morse

Friday, July 31, 2009

Kitchen Tear Out Part 11

Kitchen Tear Out Part 10

Kitchen Tear Out Part 9

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Kitchen Tear Out Part 6

Kitchen Tear Out Part 5

Kitchen Tear Out Part 4

Kitchen Tear Out Part 3

Kitchen Tear Out Part 2

Kitchen Tear Out Part 1

Custom Cabinet Plans

Do you need a plan or spec sheet of a project you want to build?  Would you like to get accurate estimates for your pending job?  If you have a plan and spec sheet you will essentially be telling the cabinet maker exactly what you want in your cabinets.  These plans will give you a precise idea of what is involved and you can get an apples for apples approach to your bidding process.  We suggest these plans if you want to build the cabinets yourself, if you want to compare estimates, or if you want to make it easier for a local cabinet maker to build your project.  



This example of plans are for a built in entertainment center unit and a built in bookcase unit.  All plans are provided to the client for authorization before they are put into the shop. 


This is the colored picture to give the client an idea of how their cabinets will look in the space.  Although these plans are specific, when the real cabinets are installed the "wow" factor really shows up. 

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Progression on Entertainment Center


This entertainment center for a 52" TV fits in an arched opening in a niche next to a fireplace.  We took a piece of cardboard to the job site, placed it on the arch and traced it.  With this piece of cardboard we made a pattern of the arch. 



This entertainment center is made in two parts as you can see the top part was placed on the bottom to show how they are put together.  As you can see I am in the finish shop looking over the progress.  The next step is to get the halogen lights ready for install.     

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Butcher Block Island Top

If you are like me, you love a good sturdy butcher block or chopping block.  Weber's Cabinets made a butcher block top in hickory for a client last December.  The butcher block top was for their island, and it had to have a cut out for a cooktop to slide in. 


The remaining square cut out was big enough to make four chopping blocks out of it.  One of those blocks I am holding in our wood shop.  If you would like a custom butcher block top or a breadboard remade, just give us a call. 

April with Cutting Board

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Weber's Cabinets always likes to use the best quality products in our cabinetry.  We prefer 100lb capacity full extension guides for all our drawers and pullout trays.  KV 8500 is a great guide to use for this purpose.  The rails are easy to slide out if you need to take out the drawer out and they are easy to slide back into place.

KV Full Exstension Guides

Installation of Pantry Cabinet

We were out in Lincoln, Ca today installing custom cabinets in a Del Webb home.  We took out an existing base cabinet and upper cabinet next to a refrigerator and put in a tall pantry cabinet.  This job was to build a tall pantry cabinet to be fit right next to the exisiting refrigerator cabinet and match the stain perfectly. 

The cabinets in these homes are made by Merillat Cabinetry.  We have done a lot of work for Merillat in the last 15 years because we can match all their finishes.  Any time they would need a special custom cabinet that Merillat could not produce on an assembly line, they would have us build and finish one. Jeff Installation

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Installation of Wine Storage Cabinet

Yesterday we installed a custom cabinet in the entry way of a home.  This cabinet is for wine storage.  If you notice we added flutting to the styles on each side of the cabinet.  The decorative corbels are underneath the top shelf to give it a formal appeal.  The finish is white with a Minwax glaze over the top and then sealed with clear coat.  The classic crown at the top highlights the top of the cabinet.  On the bottom area on each side of the wine cooler there are pullouts for wine bottle storage.  The backsplash is a beveled mirror in order to make the space seem bigger.  The glass doors above are made with a beveled edge to match the mirror.  The entire installation took about 5 hours.  
Biehl Wine Storage 11

Biehl Wine Storage 3

Biehl Wine Storage 4 

Biehl Wine Storage 5


 Keep posted so you can see the end result after the granite top is installed along with the refrigerator.
Mark Weber