Cabinets and Countertops by Fine Homebuilding

By Fine Homebuilding

«Cabinets & Countertops,» the most recent ebook within the «For execs through execs «series, is the simplest field-tested residential development details for pro developers and remodelers and bold owners. Articles could be chosen from «Fine Homebuilding «magazine, the countrys best residential building journal. Tauntons «For execs by means of execs» sequence is a class chief those are the best-built books for developers. The meant viewers for this booklet contains execs (small scale developers, normal contractors, and reworking contractors searching for professional-level effects and functional, specialist recommendation) and bold, skilled DIYers.

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Hickory veneer with book-matched flitches. Slip-matched birch, with figures that seem to march in step. Wood 39 MDF that is 3⁄4 in. thick is often used for cabinet cases and doors that will be painted. Particleboard is inexpensive and fragile, but can be useful in certain circumstances. MDF ers can anchor Euro-type hinges securely to it). It is easily chipped and will swell if exposed to water. Particleboard can be used for cabinet parts that will not be exposed to moisture but should not be used elsewhere.

Or you can use a jointer to plane a side of the board straight. A more pronounced bow, called a crook, usually cannot be straightened. Twist Cup Bow or crook • If end splits are very short, they can be cut off. If a longer split is near the center of the board, you can rip-cut the board along the split line, resulting in two narrow boards that will be usable. • S urface checks are usually a cos- End splits metic problem, but one that probably cannot be sanded away. Surface checks • B oards that wave visibly along their faces are very difficult to straighten or plane smooth.

Some old-fashioned woodworkers use long handplanes for jointing. If you have strong arms and not much jointing to do, you may want to try this. If you need to joint only the narrow boards used for cabinet or door rails and stiles, you may be able to use a thickness planer; many can be adjusted to joint edges of boards up to 6 in. wide. Thickness planer If your boards are not all smooth and of uniform thickness—as is often the case with hardwoods—a thickness planer is a very useful tool. Start feeding a board into a thickness planer, and the tool will do the rest, slowly pulling the board on rollers while its cutters smooth one side at a time.

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