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Project by Ryan Bruzan posted 04-12-2011 03:10 PM 1202 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Probably one of my most favorite projects (I always say that). I love it when someone has a lessor expectation than the actual final delivery. The best part of any project I do for someone else is the expressions, both verbally and physically, that resonate from the owners. These people had existing built-ins in an adjacent room and seemed to be under the impression that adding built-ins in the parlor was limited in appearance to what they had in the other room. Not the case. As we sat down to look at the design and material samples, their whole impression changed. Mine did, too.

With every project that I take on, new ideas come to light and it never ceases to amaze me how even the smallest changes can make the biggest impacts. Every inch matters; proportion, function, access, aesthetics must all blend to create a fabulous project. If it doesn’t look good “on paper”, it is most likely not going to look good on the wall, either.

Tip of the Day: Build it on paper first; don’t just wing it. Believe in your tape measure.

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.





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reedwood

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 04:31 PM

Hi Ryan,
Love the description of how to work with a client and help them see what they couldn’t.

Some of us belittle the “dumb” client and act as if we are there to save them from themselves,
and it’s just not the case. If they wanted to be a cabinet maker, they wouldn’t need us.

This isn’t rocket science.
If they were dumb, they wouldn’t be handing us thousands of dollars to help them create their vision.

To appreciate the process, like a teacher that loves children, and be able to bring it all together so everyone is happy is a beautiful thing. This is what it’s all about.

I like that you broke up the toe kick with the vertical stiles and scribed it to the floor to avoid shoe mold.
Perfect amount of arch, and I like the thickness of the shelves. Good proportions.

The black recessed lights in the corners stand out now. I wonder if they could at least switch to white baffles and better yet, add 2 or 3 more across. Taking them out and adding up lighting would be even better…It’s only money.

I’m sure you talked to them about all of these ideas. My mind is spinning as usual.

The pictures are hard to see with these old eyes. Would love to see a picture with all the books and stuff in it.
I know, that’s always hard to do…..

“Hey Lady… I’m coming over to photograph your house, so hurry up, and clean it good!” Ha!

Excellent job, Ryan.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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Blair Helgason

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 05:11 PM

These look great, what are the materials used?

-- Blair

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tt1106

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 05:29 PM

It’s so true. I am a beginning woodworker (15 years now) But I have other hobbies that I am an expert at.
When people ask me a question, I could just give them the answer, but they are far more appreciative when I give them the possibilities. Beautiful work Ryan.

-- -Todd

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Ryan Bruzan

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 12:30 AM

@ Todd- Ha ha, “beginning woodworker…15 years.”

@ Mark- Funny you should mention education. I posted a series of video blogs yesterday on assembling a base cabinets. I hope that everything I share inspires others to brave their own projects without much intimidation. So far, so good. It’s an awesome feeling to hear when someone learns something from the information I share.

I say the same thing all the time: “It’s not rocket science,” but neither is being a rocket scientist to a rocket scientist, of the which I know nothing about. Actually, the only rocket science I know is to light the wick! I understand (“mind is spinning”); I roam the Earth dizzy, too.

Thanks a bunch.

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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Ryan Bruzan

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#5 posted 04-13-2011 12:34 AM

Materials:

- 3/4” birch 5-ply for the casework.
- Poplar face frames
- Poplar moldings
- Maple doors
- Concealed hinges

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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