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Cabinetmaking Procedures for the Small Shop: Commercial Techniques That Really Workby Kevin Fristad
Synopses & Reviews
Professional woodworking techniques that really work What happens when you want to build enough cabinets for a whole room, or for an entire house? How do you measure everything correctly, where can you stack hundreds of parts, how can you be sure they'll all fit neatly together, and what if the results are too big to go through the doorway? A simple bathroom vanity with a couple of drawers contains about 30 pieces of wood, and each of them must be accurately listed, cut, and joined. Most amateur woodworkers have the knowledge, tools, and experience to make that single household cabinet. The difference between making one cabinet at a a time and making a whole roomful of them is the difference between amateur woodworking and small-shop professional woodworking. Any woodworker who has tried to make a roomful of cabinets can't escape the feeling that there must be a logical, straightforward way to proceed. This handbook provides the missing ingredients: Practical standards and sensible procedures, plus the tips and tricks that come from long experience in the workshop. Its techniques emphasize sound craftsmanship, efficient productions methods, and design flexibility. The book includes traditional face-frame cabinetry as well as contemporary frameless cabinets. These methods will work for a single cabinet, and for enough build-ins to fill a house. This handbook will serve amateur woodworkers as well as small-shop professional cabinetmakers. Kevin Fristad is production manager of a busy cabinet shop near Seattle; John Ward is a management consultant in Sonoma, CA. They self-published a version of this book in 1981 when they worked together at Artisan Woodworks in Sonoma. After another 20 years in the workshop, Fristad has completely revised and updated this new Cambium Press Edition.
Here's an updated rundown on how commercial cabinetshops work, with advice for the ameteur as well as for the professional. Provides practical standards and sensible procedures, plus tips and tricks. Emphasizes sound craftmanship, smart planning, accurate measurements, and organized workflow.
Managing the transition from amateur to production cabinetmaking An amateur cabinetmaker, no matter how skillful, runs into a whole new set of problems when he or she takes on a large project-building all the cabinets for a kitchen or a study, for example-or ventures into cabinetmaking as a commercial venture. For these larger production projects, the issues of accurate and consistent measurement, standardization, efficiency, and procedure become crucial. This practical manual explains how to keep the work flowing and how to keep the quality high in a custom cabinet shop.
About the Author
John Ward is the founder of Artisan Woodworks, a custom cabinet shop. He lives in Sonoma, California. Kevin Fristad was the foreman at Artisan Woodworks and is now the general manager of a large cabinet shop. He lives in Freeland, Washington.Kevin Fristad was the foreman at Artisan Woodworks and is now the general manager of a large cabinet shop. He lives in Freeland, Washington.
Table of Contents
Author's Preface 7 Introduction 8 Chapter 1: General Principles Standardization 11 Guidlelines 20 Chapter 2: Preliminaries Client/Designer/Woodworker Relationships 24 Estimaing 25 Schematic Planning 28 Chapter 3: Workshop Procedures Dividing the Plan into Buildable Units 30 Case Cutting (Part 1) 32 Full-Sized Layout 34 Listing Components 36 Case Cutting (Part 2) and Boring 40 Organizing and Stacking 41 Cutting and Boring the Face Frames 42 Chapter 4: ASsembly Assembling the Face Frame 44 Case Assembly 47 Attaching the Face Frame 49 Attaching the Back 51 Sanding the Face and Finished Ends 52 Chapter 5: Doors, Drawers, Roll-outs Flat-Panel Fronts 54 Frame-and-Panel Fronts 56 Manufactured Doors 59 Drawers 60 Roll-outs 62 Chapter 6: Framelss Cabinetry Tooling Considerations 64 Layout and Cut-Listing 66 Organizing your cutting 70 Applying Edge-Banding 70 Boring the holes 70 Building Doors and Drawers 71 Assembly 71 Chapter 7: Appendices 1. Alternate Assembly Tools 73 2. Countertop Materials 74 3. A slide-out breadboard 78 4. Finishing a base (toe-kick) 79 5. Lazy Susans 80 6. Making a split-sile 84 7. Wall-to Wall face-frame installation 85 8. False drawer front 86 9. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets 87 10. Measuring tips 87 11. Some thoughts on marketing 88 12. The Dynamics of Employees 88 13. Shop Requirements 89 14. Materials and Supplies 92 15. Last Words 93 Index 94
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