I design and build everything from simple melamine storage cabinetry to complex hardwood built-ins. While I've probably done more painted built-ins than anything else, my preference is natural wood.
For some examples of my cabinetry, see Built-ins and Furniture. The project descriptions contain information on design, materials and construction. I'll use this page to provide more general and detailed information about my cabinets - design, specifications, features, options, etc.
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With rare exception (some storage/closet cabinets), none of my cabinets have surface fasteners - no puttied nail/pin holes or cover caps. I use various specialized fasteners and designs that allow all components to be fastened from the back side. In the example image the custom fluted trim is mounted with keyhole brackets and the custom crown is mounted using a hidden tongue and grove on the top of the cabinet. Also note the even 3/4" reveal around the perimeter of the box and color matched recessed shelf supports.
The image to the right is of a custom built-in installed around the corner from the one above. The split closeup provides a better view of the puttied nail holes (N), the screw cover caps (CC) and uneven reveals (R).
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Weather solid wood or veneer, selecting and making use of the patterns in the wood can have a huge impact on a cabinets overall appearance. The bigger the project the more complicated it can get. Veneered sheet goods are available sequentially matched which means the veneer is from the same tree and that the colors and patterns will be fairly consistent.
The goal is to find a pattern that is balanced and can be repeated. With doors a flame looking pattern (AKA cathedral) is common. The image shows one possible layout for a pair of doors, the flame pattern is reasonably centered. The alternative layout, while it would have made better use of the material (less waste), is unbalanced and has a noticeable secondary pattern.
Getting a matching and balanced pair of doors is fairly easy. Getting side by side pairs to match can be tricky because the pattern needs to be similar in both height and width. In this case I needed three similar pairs and the layout was fairly easy.
Grain matching can be costly because it results in more wasted material. In this case centering the flame pattern left me with two long narrow pieces instead of one wider piece that could have been used for shelves. The waste from the height-wise matching was relatively insignificant.
While some projects work out better than others, I will never do a pair of doors with both unmatched color and grain (I've seen a lot worse). For comparison, see one of the book-matched matched pairs from the above layout.
...The potential color difference between the doors and cabinet (e.g. the book-matched example above) had been a sore spot with me. Wood color can vary a lot from tree to tree and the only way to get a perfect color match is for all the wood to come from the same tree and the only way to do that is custom veneering.
I now offer custom veneering. The additional cost of custom veneering varies from minimal to a lot. It depends on the project design, wood species/grain pattern desired and how soon you want it. I do stock a limited selection of veneers.
Flexwood veneer cutting and matching
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