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.



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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-@ www.askthecabinetmaker.com