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We are Lisa and John and we run a home DIY blog. In addition to our projects, we also share our adventures in cooking, baking and whatever else comes along.

How to Install Cabinet Hardware Without a Jig

Authors: John

In this post, you’ll learn:

- a simple method for installing cabinet hardware

It seems that the closer I get to finishing this home office project, more small tasks keep popping up and they’re taking much longer than I anticipated.  Case in point: the cabinet hardware.  It took me a good two and a half hours to get two c...

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New Video: Making Built-In Cabinets

Authors: John

In today’s post, you’ll learn:

- how to make built-in cabinets

- How to make a beaded face frame

- What the build process for a cabinet looks like

After spending the better part of a week and a half painting our home office, I’m finally down to the last couple of detail jobs.  Although the office isn’t officially...

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How to Build Shaker Cabinet Doors with a Router

Authors: John

In this post, you’ll learn

- How to build shaker cabinet doors with a router

- How to inset the doors into a face frame for a high end look

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you’ve probably seen me write about building shaker cabinet doors before.  I’ve built them for both my large built-in cabinet...

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Office Countertops

Authors: John

In this post, you’ll learn:

- How to configure a cabinet for installation and counters

- How do get a deep, rich stain

Well, we’re down to the wire in our home office project.  Officially, all I have left to do is add some trim beneath the crown molding, install the baseboard trim and do some painting.  Keeping my fingers c...

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Survey Results 2014

Authors: John

In today’s post, I wanted to take a few minutes and share the results of the reader survey we ran a couple of weeks ago.  We received over 75 responses, which is not too shabby.  If you took a few minutes to take the survey, THANK YOU!  Your opinions are important and will help shape the direction of this blog going forward.

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How to Scribe a Cabinet

Authors: John

In today’s post you’ll learn:

- How to Scribe a Cabinet

In an ideal world, all walls and floors would be square and true (and all mortgages paid off).  Since that never seems to be the case, you need to know how to modify your cabinets or built-ins to account for uneven walls.  If you want a professional look to your work, t...

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Cabinet Painting 101

Authors: John

Happy Monday!

In today’s post you’ll learn:

- The best way to paint cabinets

- The approach I’m taking to paint my cabinets

Before I get started with today’s post, I want to remind you that we are running a survey to collect your feedback regarding our blog.  I’m going to keep it open until the end of this...

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Blog Survey 2014 Tell Us Your Opinion

Authors: John

Last year around this time we ran our first ever reader blog survey.  The feedback we got from that effort was hugely helpful and we made a number of changes as a result.  Today and for the next couple weeks, we’ve opened up another survey.  Please take a minute and tell us what you like, what you don’t like or whatever is...

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6 Cabinet Building Challenges

Authors: John

If you’ve been following along with out blog lately, you know that we’re knee deep into our home office renovation.  This project has taken us the better part of nine months and we’re finally a couple weeks away from putting it to bed.  I’m in the middle of assembling our new built-in cabinets that we are m...

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Introduction to the Thickness Planer

Authors: John

In this post you’ll learn:

- How to use a thickness planer
– Why you should consider using one
– The difference between rough cut lumber and S4S

Back in 2005 when I was building my first set of kitchen cabinets, I made an impulsive purchase and bought a used thickness planer I found on Craigslist.  I had heard from...

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