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Highland Woodworking’s Down to Earth Woodworker builds a Drill Press Cabinet to improve his shop storage. http

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Using extrablocks 3D Symbols with the Vectorworks interiorcad tools “Worktop” and “Cabinet Maker”. For more information about extrablocks & interiorcad, visit interiorcad software solutions are based on Vectorworks. Vectorworks® is a product of Nemetschek North America © 1985-2010 by Nemetschek North America.

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sharpening a cabinet scraper

How to sharpen a cabinet scraper and keep it in top condition with the least amount of effort, Visit for more in-depth info about sharpening woodworking tools

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Part 4 – Custom Cabinet Doors Grex presents a series of videos that shares the tips and techniques of professional trim carpenter Gary Striegler and how he gets the most out of his trusted Grex pinner. — Gary began working with his father as a trim carpenter in 1972 at the age of 14. As the president of Striegler and Associates, Gary is still a hands on builder. About half of his time is still spent on the job site creating the high end interiors that have become his trademark. He is a frequent contributor to Fine Home Building Magazine and The Journal of Light Construction. Gary also enjoys teaching on subjects relating to home building. He has made presentations for The Woodworking Show, JLC Live Shows, Woodmaster tools, Kreg tools, DEWALT tools, and White River. Gary also teaches classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.
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Part 3 – Cabinet Doors Grex presents a series of videos that shares the tips and techniques of professional trim carpenter Gary Striegler and how he gets the most out of his trusted Grex pinner. — Gary began working with his father as a trim carpenter in 1972 at the age of 14. As the president of Striegler and Associates, Gary is still a hands on builder. About half of his time is still spent on the job site creating the high end interiors that have become his trademark. He is a frequent contributor to Fine Home Building Magazine and The Journal of Light Construction. Gary also enjoys teaching on subjects relating to home building. He has made presentations for The Woodworking Show, JLC Live Shows, Woodmaster tools, Kreg tools, DEWALT tools, and White River. Gary also teaches classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.

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Village Carpenter Shop Tour

Tour of my woodworking shop. Lots of incomplete projects including much needed work surfaces, storage spaces and cabinet doors. See the write up here:

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Chris asks…

Psychology Question :) ?

You’re out hiking in a remote area when you are soaked by a sudden storm. You find shelter in an abandoned cabin in which you find a pile of 2X4 lumber (each board is 8 feet long), some very rusty carpenter’s tools, and some woodworking clamps. You decide to dry out your clothing, gear, and yourself by building a fire in the fireplace (your matches are dry).
It would be good if you could hang up your heavy, soaked coat so you decide to build a clothes rack to place near the fire. But you can’t find any nails, rope, or wire which you might use to build a sturdy enough structure to hold your wet coat, which must weigh a ton! As a responsible person, you don’t want to damage the cabin or its contents. Is there a solution to your dilemma?
Good answer :)

Dusty answers:

Yea hang the coat on one of the boards then lean the end of the board with the coat against the wall so it pins it on the board.

Most likely you would lay the coat by the fire on the ground though.

And if you really wanna get handy you can build a structure with boards and the clamps so that your coat hangs above the fire. I would not waste my time and energy doing this though depending on the situation I was in, how remote, and how many days hike out it was.

John asks…

USN Camillus Mark 2 Knife WWII… ?

I love this knife and it is one of the best tools I have for woodworking and camping. Unfortunately, the pommel has loosened over time and with use, and I do not know how to tighten it. What do I do???
If you have experience with knives of this kind, I can send pictures of the pommel attachment, etc. I cannot find any of this particular fashion…
Camillus Cutlery is no longer in operation.
It is my grandfathers from the Korean War, and as far as I can tell from research, it is a WWII USN Mark II.
Thanks for your input, I figured out the mechanism and resolved it for myself!

Again, thanks for your suggestions

Dusty answers:

You are probably talking about a Kabar Knive that was made for the Marine Corps and the Navy. If you can’t find someone who specializes in Camillus, look for the name ONTARIO KNIFE on the internet, both companies made them, if (indeed) they are not the same company.

If you can’t get it fixed, get a new Ontario knife. I don’t know what they did with their steel, but it is the easiest to sharpen and the strongest knife blade that I have ever used, I have had a few of them, but most of the time people want to buy them from me for more than I paid for them. Don’t get a Japanese look alike, they are junk.

Steven asks…

what should i make?

i have 3 large sheet of plywood my neighbor gave me and have no idea what to make

im 15 years old and woodworking inclined because my dad is a carpenter. he has alot of tools and im allowed to use them all so tell me something to make to waste some time with my friends large or small it doesnt matter as long as i can use it and have fun
i have already make a couple tree houses and many other things you would think a boy my age would have already made so give me something hard

Dusty answers:

Hope these give you some ideas.


How to make corn hole game boards

Rules of the game.


Laura asks…

KITCHEN CABINET REFACING:How to updated Kitchen Cabinets Refacing?

My next project is to update the kitchen cabinets. I plan to remove the trim strips, strip the carcases and restain and varnish the face frames. I will construct my own new doors and drawer fronts (perhaps the whole drawer). New hardware, different style doors (more of a craftsman style) and new color should look pretty good.

It is the sides of the cabinets that concern me. I don’t think they are even oak. I think the cabinet maker used fir plywood and an oak stain. In any case, they are pretty scroungy looking. They are also not perfectly flat. I am somewhat distrustful of the thin veneers on the market. I can resaw my own veneer and have an 18″ Rikon bandsaw for just that purpose. If I were to resaw a bunch of quartersawn oak into 8″ wide and 3/32″ thick strips, how would I stick them to the sides of the cabinets with any expectation of them staying put. Also, with wide strips of wood over plywood, what do I do about wood movement. Will my thick veneer buckle?

Finally, how do I smooth out the surface of the cabinet to create a flat gluing surface?

So, 4 questions:

1. Should I be so intimidated by the stick on veneers on the market?
2. How would I attach 3/32″ veneer to the sides of cabinets without uninstalling them.
3. What about wood movement in thick veneer?
4. How do I create a flat gluing surface.

many thanks,
P.S. I taught Industrial Arts for 8 years but never certified in woodworking. I was a plastics and metals kind of guy. I did get used to having those wonderful shops around for my own projects and have acquired some tools over the years.

Dusty answers:

Hi there nice to meet you again!!
You obviously know a good deal about woodworking, because you asked a lot of important questions that a beginner wouldn’t even begin to ponder. And it’s wise to consider all that you are thinking about, as all of this could prove problematic down the line. I’ll try to help with each questions you asked, so this may turn into a long answer.

1. Should I be so intimidated by the stick on veneers on the market? Yes, you should be a little intimidated by those veneers, but maybe not for the reasons you think. I have a fair amount of experience with these, and I have a couple of opinions. First, they’re pricey. Next, they stick like crazy, but CAN fail, meaning that they can bubble when you least expect it. It’s just my opinion, but they’re overpriced, and tricky to work with, so they wouldn’t be my first choice.

2. How would I attach 3/32″ veneer to the sides of cabinets without uninstalling them. Good question. I would guess that contact cement would just about be the only option you have, but once again, you’re going to have to be really careful to get it positioned right the first time. And this thickness of veneer can create movement problems, read below.

3. What about wood movement in thick veneer? I think this might not be as big a deal as one would first consider. Your plywood sides are pretty much stable, meaning they’ve acclimated to your kitchen environment. They probably don’t move much. It might be wise to bring the 3/32″ veneer inside for a while, and let it acclimate in the room, too, so that when you join the two materials, they’re both going to be a similar moisture contents, and movement will be reduced. Still- movement can happen. Using this veneer creates just as many problems as it solves. Keep reading…

4. How do I create a flat gluing surface. The veneer is going to be somewhat flexible, so the surface doesn’t have to be dead-on flat. And the contact cement will grab instantly, so it will compensate for any imperfections in the surfaces.

Roger, let’s talk about this project you’re going to undertake just a little bit. Taking off the doors and frames are going to leave you with just plain boxes that you want to get back into shape, right? You’re going to reapply a new face frame, too, right? And even perhaps rebuild all the drawers. This is a fairly large undertaking, and right off the top of my head, I can think of a few solutions to some of the problems that you are going to encounter. I’m going to throw a few things out there, and you can write back if you want to discuss them further.

Since you’re remaking new drawer boxes, it really doesn’t matter what you do to the inside of the cabinets. If I were taking on this project, I would buy some 1/4″ or 1/8″ white melamine sheets, and some 1/4″ oak plywood. Then- I would resurface the bottoms of all your cabinets with the while melamine. It will make it look clean and will be easy to clean in the future. You only need to reface the bottoms of the cabinets that don’t have drawers in their bottom area. In the cabinets have lower drawers, you don’t see the bottom interior anyway. Next, reface the sides using the 1/4″ oak plywood. Once again- you only need to face the interiors where you see them. If the cabinets have drawers in them, you’re not going to see the interior, so you can leave those alone.

So- you’ve refaced all the surfaces that are visible, and they’re clean looking and stable. And since you’re going to reinstall the face frame, it’s going to hide the fact that you’ve added a layer to the mix. Remember that you can’t just put the existing face frame back in place, you may have to cut the pieces smaller to hide the new layers you’ve added.

When you stop and think about all your time and the wood involved, I think it’s overkill to cut your own veneer to resurface the interiors. You can glue the plywood and melamine stuff in place using something like a thin coat of liquid nails, and maybe shoot a few brads into place to hold it while the glues sets up. A those sheets of plywood (or even MDF) are pretty cheap, and will be easier to work with than your home made veneer.

Last thing- you might want to consider using European hardware like the cup hinges that most cabinet companies are using these days. They make mounting plates designed to go with face frame construction, and it makes installing new doors a breeze. I like Grass or Blum hinges, and both have face frame mounting plates readily available. I can give you specific part numbers if you’re interested.

Good luck, I hope this helps. Feel free to write back with any other questions you might have after reading this. I’m sure you’ll have a few!
Maybe if you want more information,You can refer to this blog which show you an article about Kitchen Cabinets Refacing and Kitchen backsplash Ideas:
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Jenny asks…

explain briefly, the reasons why hand tools should be kept sharp and in good condition.?

carpentry and joinery

Dusty answers:

Sharp tools require less force to be used by the carpenter so they’re easier to use.

Less force also means the tool is less likely to break, hence, the carpenter won’t have to buy new tools so often.

Also, well maintained tools are less likely to injure the carpenter. If the carpenter is injured, that is loss of salary.

John asks…

Cabinet Making/Carpentry?

have there been any advancements in technology for cabinet making in recent years? like glues, tools, machines, finishes etc. and if so, where can i find some information about them?

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George asks…

Collecting items for no reason? ?

My partner (61) has filled every corner of the house with “things” she treasures, but never, ever uses: 50 years old dried paint-set, LP records and k7′s from the 60′s (but she has no turn table or tape player), broken umbrellas, broken furnitures, spare lights from a car she has sold 5 years ago, unusable rusted carpentry tools from her grand’dad, 20 years old bank statements and air tickets, and, worst of all, medicines out-of-date by more than 5 years. (As a result, I got deaf for a week, using an outdated ear wax cleaner!)
This covers household goods, furnitures, and even rubish!
She stores in the fridge the two leaves of salad we have not consumed at dinner. I recently found at the back of the fridge a pot of jam dated 1983!!!
Her youth was not easy, and quite poor: she never HAD anything of her own, she never had education past the 6th grade.
I am desperately trying to find out WHY she has that attitude, and how it can be “corrected”. I think that this is leading to very dangerous situations:
- Last summer, she used an out-of-date anti-tique spray on the cat: only the rapid intervention of the vet saved the poor animal!
- She used a wood ladder in bad condition. It broke, she fell and was unable to walk for a week.
- and many more small “accidents”…
Can anyone guide me?
Lion Lady: You hit the spot. It actually IS a compulsive disorder syndrome. I shall find out more.
Gregg: No, I was not there when she broke the ladder. She preferred to use her rotten ladder than the new aluminium one. Her memories? Sorry: once you start living in memories, you are as good as dead. Sure! Memories are nice, but NEW things you do KEEP YOU ALIVE!

Dusty answers:

She is a Hoarder— does not want to get rid of anything, it is a disorder and may need help with it. She needs to see a therapist.

Lisa asks…

What newer hand tools are out .. and what are tools you could use endless amounts of?

My husband always asks for common tools .. for carpentry and auto mechanics work .. He likes “throw away tools” or ones that he loses or breaks .. but I am also looking for newer tools out (got him the black and decker 16 in 1 wrench) .. and also looking for one bigger 100-300 dollar tool that is maybe newer .. because he owns everything .. got him a nice dremel one year and he said he already had two ..

Dusty answers:

Trust me honey, your husband does not have every tool and he needs more and will probbly never have enough lol.

My g/f says the same thing about me. I have about $30,000 worth of tools and she thinks I have ‘everything’… To her suprice I have a list of tools that I still need/want that totals $20,000..

It’s really hard for wives to buy tools her their husbands. I think its sweet, cute and a greatthing but 90% of the time the woman has no idea what he needs or has already, or what to get him.

Best thing you can do is really just ask him for a short list of tools under $300 that he needs or wants. Then just go off that list as to what you should buy him.

Also just as a funny note.. Cant go wrong with 1/2″, 9/16″, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm sockets or wrenchs. Those are some of the most common sizes and all of use wants more than 1 of each of those.. I’m always looking for one of those sizes that grew legs and ran away from ‘tool jail’

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Betty asks…

How can I turn my built-in dishwasher into a portable one?

I was recently given a slightly used dishwasher but I have no counter space for it, so I decided I would just convert it to a portable one. I have all the hoses and everything to make it functional but there is no cabinet. Not only is it ugly, but you can’t open the door without it falling over. Are there any pre-built cabinets or anything to help counter balance the door? I don’t have access to woodworking tools, so building one is out of the question.

Dusty answers:

Hi Joshua. Converting it to a portable one is (as you’ve already discovered) not going to be an easy fix. Yes, it can be done, but you would have to make your own counterweights, remove the leveling feet and replace them with wheels, hook up longer electrical cords and plumbing hoses, etc. Etc. Etc. Then, you would still need to make some sort of cabinet as none of them come with full cabinets since they are designed to go under counters. So all in all, yes it CAN be done, but it’s going to be a lot of work, a fair amount of cost, and a new portable unit will save you a LOT of headaches if you aren’t handy to begin with. It would be a fun project for someone who IS handy, but not very practical.

David asks…

cleaning rust off metal tools?

I left a toolbox in the rain, now many of my woodworking tools have rust on them. Is there a good solvent to use that will clean the rust and preserve the metal?

Dusty answers:

Go to a hardware store and get a jar of naval jelly and a couple Scotch Brite pads. They will look like new in no time. Hope this helps.

Paul asks…

Can moisture meters be used to detect pipe leaks in a house?

Many that I have seen in online stores have these pins and I think they are mostly used to measure the moisture of wood for woodworking projects. But I’m interested in detecting leaks behind walls. Any recommendations for what tool I need?

Dusty answers:

You won’t have any luck with a moisture meter if you’re trying to detect leaks inside walls, Toxxmaster.

If you’ve recently driven and nail to hang a picture on a wall containing plumbing, you’ll need to open the wall there and look for the leak. If there has been no work done to the wall where the water has appeared, you’ll need to open a larger chunk of the wall to find the leak.

Keep in mind that water can travel laterally before it appears, so don’t open sections of the wall blindly. Make your best guess as to where the plumbing runs are relative to where the water appeared before you open the wall or ceiling. Try to take advantage of any open areas such as an attic or basement to track the plumbing and path of the water prior removing any drywall.

Good luck with it.

Ruth asks…

What steps do I need to take to start a small woodworking business?

I would like to set up a small woodworking business but am not sure of how to go about it. I work as a carpenter right now and dont have alot of money to use towards start up. The only things I think I will need to get started would be some better tools and a building to work in. What type of loan and permits should I be applying for? Any help would be greatly appreciated! I live in a Central New York if that helps.

Dusty answers:

First, you’ll need to decide what kind of entity type you’d like to form. Each entity type has pros and cons, and you’ll need to determine which best fits your needs. For instance, a sole proprietorship is the simplest form of business to set up and has the lowest tax responsibilities, but you will be personally liable for the business’s debts and contracts; a corporation, on the other hands, gives you the liability protection, but there are tax responsibilities you wouldn’t otherwise have (which will further be determined by the type of corporation, whether S-corp or C-corp).

Then, once you’ve determined the type of business, you’ll have a better idea where to start on your licenses and permit requirements.

Hope this helps get you started — good luck!

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Nancy asks…

Where can I learn carpentry/woodworking for a hobby, not a career?

I’m already a grad student, so I don’t want to do this for a career, but I’ve always been fascinated with carpentry. Seeing as I live in an apartment (no garage to buy tools/practice) and have no previous experience (other than some shop class in high school), how can I get my hobby going? Are there classes for people like me? I don’t care about legal/technical stuff, I want to learn the art … how do I do that?

PS: I’m in the DC area if it helps any

Thanks for any help

Dusty answers:

If you have a Woodcraft store near you, they are always offering short one or two day seminars on various woodworking projects and tool “how-to’s”. Some of these classes cost a little something that covers the cost of supplies and material. But when you leave, you will have a finished project that YOU built. Check them out at You can type in your zip code at this page and see where the nearest store to you is.

Carol asks…

Any suggestion about a part time cabinet shop?

I am trying to get some feedback about my idea of opening a cabinet shop. I am working about 45 hrs a week, before this job,(Weatherization specialist) I did finish carpentry work for about 9 yrs, I enjoy working with wood, I probably have 95 % of the tools needed to buid any wood project, they are not commercial type but they sure do a great job, any positive ideas would be of help.
>>Cabinets, Furniture, Closets installation<<?? Thank you in advance.

Dusty answers:

Diy Doctor’s answer is very good. Maybe it’s difficult to start a business at first,but you should have perseverance and good idea for your shop.


Robert asks…

Advice on finding a Carpentry Apprenticeship?

I’m at college studying diploma level 3 carpentry, I studies level 1 maintenance, plastering and level 2 carpentry and joinery last year. I’ve been looking for an apprenticeship on and off for the past year but can’t find anything at all. I’ve sent CVs out and call people up but nothing. I really want to move onto an apprenticeship for the experience and the money as i’m skint at the minute. I have my own transportation and tools.

Are there any other big businesses who are likely to be taking on apprentices such as Crest Nicholson? and what what websites can i check regularly? any advice is much appreciated

Thank you, Drew

Dusty answers:

Go to poland….train there ……come back…`ll have more chance of job ……with that polish connection

Sandra asks…

For my graduation project on Carpentry I need to make a product, What can I make?

At my school we have to do a graduation project. I am going to be doing mine on Carpentry/Woodworking but I cant decide what to make as my product. I want it to be something that is worth my time and that I might have a use for. It has to be something that takes effort and tools.. and because of my mentor I have just about any woodworking tool you can imagine at my disposal. Can you guys please give me some ideas of what I can make.. Thanks

Dusty answers:

Book case.good for life.bench,good for life.good luck.

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