Countertop Attachment Hardware

Attaching countertops during a kitchen project Is often accomplished using metal brackets. It's the best method for securing something, like a kitchen counter top, which will have to be replaced in the future. These brackets come in many shapes and sizes. They provide a quick-connect capability and add strength to any project. They are sometimes used with other joinery hardware to provide extra hold when joint stress Is an issue. open the door to projects that were next to impossible in the...

Specialized Screws

There is a special PB screw available that, until recently, has only been used by professional cabinetmakers. It's a great fastener, but there are a couple of Issues you should be aware of. First, the screw is tapered and requires a special, and somewhat expensive, drill bit. Secondly, because of its large diameter and coarse thread, you must drill accurate pilot holes and drive the screw straight for a positive hold. Poor drilling or Improper driving will push the screw through the finished...

Hinges

In the last few years, door-mounting hardware from Europe has become a very popular alternative. The so-called Euro hidden hinge is now widely used as the standard kitchen cabinet door hardware. The hidden hinge usually requires a 35mm hole drilled in the door. That task seems a bit challenging to some people but it's a straightforward process. There is a learning cui-ve when working with the hidden hinge. For instance, these hinges are classified with terms such as full overlay and half...

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The last few years have been exciting for homes and offices, those in the building materials and hard- We now realize our forest products ware business. Modem plywood, improved must be managed carefully. Wood once particleboard (PB), melamine-coatecl par- burned or discarded is now seen as a ticleboard (MPB) and medium-density valuable resource. Improved manage- fiberboard (MDF) have tremendously ment of that wood has been a blessing to affected the way we build cabinets for our all of us who...

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Cut the side panels (B) and drill holes tor the adjustable shelf pins. The holes are spaced about 1K apart and are 1 in from each side. Two rows of holes per panel are required. Begin the rows of holes 10 from the top and bottom of each panel on the inside face. Assemble both sides with glue and clamps. The panels are installed in the K-square rabbet and should be flush with the inside lace of each leg set. Be certain the pin holes are aligned correctly and the back panel rabbets are located...

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Using GP laminale, which is a Ihicker malerial. will provide you with a durable worktop. However, use care when cutting to avoid damaging the laminate. The best router bits are carbide-tipped and work exceptionally well lor Lhis application. The wood edge in my case was oak, but any species can be used. Stick with the major brands of laminate material for the best results. High-quality material and contact cement will give you perfect results every time. Some adhesives are loxic particularly...

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M Prepare the four sides (A) by applying wood veneer tape to the front (long) edge of each. As we did in other projects, use a flush-trim bit in a router to clean up the overhang on the edge tape. The four sides require three stopped dadoes, a stopped tenon and a rabbet cut. Follow the illustration for the cut locations. Use a router and > T-wide straight bit for the dadoes and the table saw for the rabbets and tenons. All the dadoes, as well as the rabbet, are on the inside face of each...

Drawer Glides And Hardware

Modern hardware now gives us the opportunity to vary drawer styles and construction methods. Side- and bottom-mount glides with three-quarter and full-extension capabilities, along with positive stops and closing features, have opened a world of design opportunities. Low-cost metal drawer glide sets, which consist of two bottom-mount drawer runners and two cabinet tracks, are simple to install. Installing the new drawer hardware demands special attention to the drawer body width, as most of the...

Modern Materials

ParticJeboard (PB) and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) have become popular as a cabinet-making material in the commercial casework-industry and are now being accepted by the hobbyist woodworker. Some of you may have tried these composite boards when they were first introduced and may have been disappointed. But today's products are far superior to the early offerings. Low-cost sheet material, though available, isn't a good value for your money and should be avoided. Ask for cabinet-grade...

Building a Laminate

There are two thicknesses of high-pressure laminate materials. The thinner version is used to manufacture post-formed countertops that are common in almost every kitchen and bathroom. The thicker general purpose (GP) laminates are used for applications like the top you're about to build here. The GP material is able to stand more abuse because of its thickness. This great-looking wood-edged countertop style has a number of uses. It can be used as a kitchen or bathroom countertop, a work center...

Knockdown Hardware

Furniture that can be taken apart is a necessary requirement for some people. That need has led to the development of a whole range of joinery bolts that allow for quick disassembly without damage. Cabinet and furniture makers have developed many applications for this type of fastener. It's often seen on children's beds and storage shelving systems. The Europeans have expanded the use of these bolts and developed an extensive line of knockdown furniture.

[Building A Crosscutting Sled

A crosscutting sled is one of the handiest and safest lable saw accessories you'll ever own. They are simple to build and a real pleasure to use when cutting wide panels. There are a number of options and safety features that can be added to your crosscutting sled. One woodworker painted the blade guard board red as a reminder ol the danger zone near the blade. Some have Installed Plexlglas guards above the saw blade path, and a few others have built a small enclosed box on the back of the sled...

Laminate Tabletop Construction

There is a countertop style that's easily made and well within any woodworker's capabilities. The process involves attaching a wood edge trim to a panel, called the substrate, and covering the top with a high-pressure laminate. These laminates are made with decorative surface papers impregnated with melamine resins that are pressed over kraft paper core sheets. These sheets are then bonded at pressures of 1,000 pounds or more per square inch with temperatures approaching 300 F (149 C). The...