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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 04-02-2012 10:27 AM 3953 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone.

I did not complete the bookcases yesterday as I had hoped. I neglected to make a piece of cove that makes up the third part of the crown. These built ins are going in a room that have ceiling beams and I had to cut and chop and take down, and basically just make it work. I had several plans on how I was going to make it work but in the end, I just did it.

I came home last night and milled out a few pieces of cove and now I am putting the last couple of coats of clear on it this morning. While I don’t have finished pics yet, I thought I would give you guys and gals a teaser. With a little luck I will be able to post a completed project either tonight or in the morning.

Have a great day everyone.
This is all the cabs. At this point I don’t believe the uppers have been set.

This is the joint of the upper corner cabinet falling on the countertop. It can be a real challenge to get the miters on the countertop just right.

This is where I cut out the beam to allow my cabinet to go behind it. The goal is to make it look as if it has always been there.

And this last one shows the first member of the crown going around.

Thanks for taking a look. It’s 6 AM, I’ve had a cup of coffee and now it is time to get that cove finished.
Until next time….......

One last note. It was important to the home owner that the colors match. The old wood work in the house is stained pine that has been aging for about 30 years. My cabinets are made from alder and stained with minwax red chestnut. You can just make out a difference in the grains of the two different woods. But only if you know what you are looking at. I went with alder because of it’s tendency to stain a bit blotchy without using wood conditioner first. Since pine is also blotchy when stained, it was the perfect wood to blend with the rest of the room.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 10:38 AM

A hell of a job. Your attention to detail is spot on. Your customer must be tickled to death! A great great job. Can hardly wait to see the final pics.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 04-02-2012 11:28 AM

You did a great job, Joey. When I first saw the pictures, before I even read the text I was thinking how well the stain form the book cases matched the stain on the beams. The home owners should be very happy with your work and I can’t wait to see the final pictures. Just beautiful!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 04-02-2012 11:45 AM

Thank you. This is the biggest project I’ve done in my own shop. It was never a question if I could do it, the question was if I could do it in my own shop. I am very happy with how it has come out. A real confidence builder for me and in my shop. I’ve always been taught that it’s not what you don’t have, it’s what you do with what you do have. That’s been the truth with this one. For example, I don’t have space for a table saw capable of easily cutting sheet goods. So I brought a new circ saw and some straight edges. Every piece of plywood on this project is within 1/32 of square on the diagonal. Considering how out the floors and walls are on the best of houses, I can live with that.

Well I need to go check that cove. It should be getting close to being dry and I want to be able to go to the bank today. LOL

have a great day

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 04-02-2012 04:05 PM

Nice job, Joey. You did a good job.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 04-02-2012 06:11 PM

They look gr8 Joey.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 04-02-2012 07:50 PM

Very nice Joey! For the room you have, you did great on this big piece. I know it can be very frustrating to work in a cramped space. That’s why I stay with the smaller stuff. My garage is so full of “shtuff” I don’t have much room either. I’d say a job well done, time to get back to your boxes & inlay work soon huh? Have a real nice day & you definitely should be proud of your bookcase job.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#7 posted 04-02-2012 07:54 PM

Thanks everyone, I just posted the “finished” (almost finished) shhhhhhhhhhhh project. LOL. We have lighting for the electrician and some glass shelves but for the most part it is done.

Yes mark, I will be back to the boxes and inlays. I just got my dremel bits from Hong Kong on Friday and I am itching to do some carving and inlays.

I hope everyone has a great day

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 04-03-2012 01:14 AM

Wow Joey, That was a very ambitious project but you did a super job! I can’t believe how well you matched the woods using different materials and different stains. You are either very good or very lucky. Hope you got well rewarded for this one as you deserve it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 04-03-2012 01:26 AM

The rewards from this one come in many forms. I did pretty well at the bank, but you can never put a price on gaining confidence in yourself and your shop. Compared to jobs I used to build this is very small. But for my little shop it is huge, so it’s all relative I guess. As far as being good or lucky, I’ll caulk it up to lots of experience and a lot luck. In the sun light they look nothing alike. Luckily the room has very little natural light so it is spot on. The whole time I was in my shop doing the finish work, I was second guessing my choice worried that once it was all there it wouldn’t look right. As soon as I put the cabs in the room, I knew I had nailed it.

One thing I learn over the years in cabinet shops is to never trust the light in the spray booth. Always, and I mean Always, take your color sample to were the piece will find a home. Light is never the same in two different places.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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