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custom design woodworks http://customdesignwoodworks.com Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:22:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Total House Remodel http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=568 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=568#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:46:55 +0000 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=568 For this project, the contractor stripped the water-front home to the bare studs, reframed the roof to create vaulted interior spaces where flat 8-foot ceilings previously existed and asked us to provide new select alder cabinetry.   And here is the finished product!


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Faceframe or Frameless? http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=572 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=572#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:55:39 +0000 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=572 There are two general ways to build kitchen cabinets; with a faceframe or frameless.    Most custom shops do one or the other because the equipment needs for each are a little different.   Our shop builds faceframe cabinets, but occasionally, we are asked for a sleek european look that suggests frameless.   To meet the desires of those customers, we build a modified faceframe cabinet where the stiles and rails are minimized giving the cabinet the look of a frameless cabinet.   Here is a recently completed example in clear finished maple of this type of cabinet:

Clean design

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Rustic Cabin http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=564 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=564#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:44:29 +0000 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=564 Here is a recently completed vacation home that features a unique door style and moderately distressed woodwork.   The cabinetry is done in rustic alder with a bronze walnut stain and Van Dyke Brown glaze.


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Range Hood with Walnut Inlays http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=561 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=561#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2012 01:46:32 +0000 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=561 Here is an attractive kitchen, in stained cherry, with an interesting range hood.   The most obvious fact is that there is a backlit piece of stained glass that matches the island pendant lights.   Secondly, the hood has a walnut inlay that complements the customer’s dining room table design.

Stained cherry kitchen

Backlit stained glass hood

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Cabinet Styles http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=557 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=557#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:19:46 +0000 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=557 There are many ways of building face-frame cabinets.  Below are three sample cabinets we have prepared for customers that show the more common types.  

The center cabinet is a partial overlay cabinet in knotty alder with fingerpull edges on the doors and drawer fronts.   The space between the door and drawer is wide enough to slip your finger in and open the door without the need for pulls or knobs.

With the maple cabinet on the left, we have a more modern look where the space between door and drawer front is 1/4″.  This style requires that the plank-style door has a pull or knob, and it minimizes the amount of visible faceframe.

On the right is a flush inset style cabinet in knotty pine.   This particular sample was prepared for a historic mountain cabin where we were asked to replicate some existing artwork in our finish.


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Walnut Dining Room Table http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=552 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=552#respond Thu, 08 Sep 2011 22:52:51 +0000 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=552  Here is a dining room table in walnut where we were asked to create the look of a single slab tabletop with a live edge.    Because this customer wanted kiln-dried wood, our locally available choices of wood species was somewhat limited, and American Black Walnut was chosen.    We worked with the customer on the base design and the selection of individual boards and then glued up the top and added the live edge with a chainsaw.   To give the table a bit more tactile relief, we also included subtle hand-scraping.  The finish is an oil-based stain, six coats of tung oil and a finishing wax.


DSC_0003 dining table in walnut

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Distressed Knotty Alder http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=548 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=548#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:50:35 +0000 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=548 For this project, we were given a hand sketch of a door style and asked to match it, and then age it.   We did that by applying a combination of hand scraping, balanced but non-uniform sanding and a few worm holes, dings and dents.   If you click on the photo below of the first sample we prepared, you will see a slideshow of the finished project.

Special distressed door style

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Cherry Kitchen http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=543 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=543#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2011 21:02:27 +0000 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=543 We recently had an opportunity to return to an earlier completed project to add a fireplace mantle.    If you look closely at the slideshow below, you will see that the kitchen cabinets have begun to darken as cherry is known to do, while the mantle still shows the light pink-ish tones of fresh, clear finished cherry.


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Stained Alder Home Office http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=537 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=537#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:48:54 +0000 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=537 Here is a photo of a recently completed home office.   The homeowner was looking to match the richness of the home’s flooring while gaining a durable work surface that would stand up to the rigors of daily use.   We achieved this with a stained select alder cabinet, matched to a WilsonArt laminate countertop.   This premium laminate has a woodgrain texture that complements the texture of the raised panel doors very well.

Alder office

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Another Launching http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=540 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=540#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:53:49 +0000 http://customdesignwoodworks.com/?p=540 We recently completed another kayak project.   This one is a little different from the wood hulled ones of the past in that it consists of a wood frame lashed together with artificial sinew and then wrapped in 12 oz. nylon fabric.    The hull fabric is made waterproof with four coats of polyurethane and the combing is a lamination of beech strips.   The design is by www.KudzuCraft.com.

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