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Building Drawer Boxes
by Lorenz Prem on 06-30-2011 8:16 pm

Building drawers begins with building the box.The box consists of the front, the back, two sides, and thebottom.

The bottom is usually made from thinner material than the otherpieces. We chose to use the same material for all components of thedrawer to simplify material management.

The pieces that form the walls of the box are joined togetherusing one of many joint styles.

Simple butt joints are found on budget drawers. High end drawerstypically use dovetail joints. Rabbets are typically

Woodworking rite of passage: Build your own Kitchen
by Lorenz Prem on 06-30-2011 5:53 pm

Every woodwork dreams of building his ownkitchen. I am no exception. While I did not get to work on myactual kitchen yet, I recently complete a kitchenette in my laundryroom. This project helped me build confidence.

Getting the job done is not hard, but requires a lot of time. Tohelp the members of Hingmy, I have written tutorials for each oneof the steps. These threads should give you a good idea of what'sinvolved.

1) Build upper cabinets

Installing a laminated Countertop
by Lorenz Prem on 02-21-2011 8:59 pm

The cheapest and fastest to install countertopis a laminated countertop. These countertops are a reasonablealternative to higher quality options like granite or tile. Maybeyou'd like something nicer in your kitchen, but in a laundry roomlaminate will often be a good option. Available at most homecenters, a laminate countertop can be installed in afternoon. Let'stake a look at what it takes.

Cutting to length

Pre-made countertops can be cut with a circular saw or a tracksaw. A high quality blade will leave no chip out.

How to install a Sink
by Lorenz Prem on 02-21-2011 6:39 pm

One of the joys of doing things yourself istesting your limits. With every project completed your skills grow.What used to be out of reach becomes possible. Installing a kitchensink is one of these milestones. It does not require plumbingskills, but seems daunting enough most people never try. Let's takea look at what's involved.

Installing the hot and cold water valves

The project begins at the plumbing stubs below the sinklocation. There will be hot and cold water lines and a sewerconnection. The hot and cold water

Building Base Cabinets
by Lorenz Prem on 02-19-2011 9:05 pm

Base cabinets, while similar to wall cabinets,require a few special considerations. Chief among them is thedecision how to build the back of the cabinet. Most economicalminded cabinet shops opt for an open back instead of a solid one.This saves material. Let's take a look at how these cabinets arebuilt.

Material saving construction

The back and the top of the cabinet are formed with 4" widestrips rather than solid pieces of wood. While this results in aplenty strong cabinet, the wall and the underside of the coun

Silent home computing at home - PC in another room
by Lorenz Prem on 02-17-2011 11:44 pm

Computers are omnipresent in life today. In manyhomes there is one in each bedroom. Even the kids have to have one.Every one of these machines makes noise. Not a lot, but it is stillnoticeable. The most effective way of eliminating the noise createdby a computer is to move it to a different room. In this article weare going to review what it takes to connect to a computer througha wall. If the wall is insulated, your PC experience will becompletely silent.

The system consist of a wall plate and cables. At the locationof the compu

Kreg DB55 Foreman Review
by Lorenz Prem on 02-16-2011 7:03 pm

We have all seem Norm use his pocket holemachine on the New Yankee Workshop. I wanted one the first time Isaw him use his. Not that I needed it. Pocket hole jigs can beplenty fast for small projects. One day a

Air vs Electric

Kreg sells two versions of the Foreman. A pneumatic

Three essential DIY Skills every Homeowner should know
by Lorenz Prem on 02-11-2011 8:06 pm

A home requires constant maintenance. Everyhomeowner knows that. We all know that maintenance can getexpensive really quick, especially if you hire contractors to dothe work. Fortunately you can save big money by doing the simpletasks yourself. Let's take a look at the top three DIY skills everyhomeowner should learn.

Clearing a drain backup

Backups are a frequent occurrence in most homes. Most often theclog is located in the p-trap of the plumbing system, an easy spotto clear it from. The p-trap is design to be the weak s

Things to consider when installing a new Sink
by Lorenz Prem on 02-06-2011 8:59 pm

One thing my house is missing is a nice, largeutility sink. The small sink in my downstairs bathroom is not builtfor cleaning shoes, tools, and sports equipment. A new sinkrequires new water and sewer hookups. Lets take a look at what ittakes to a sink to a home.

1) Required hookups

Hot and cold water

Hot and cold water supplies are the easiest pipes to route. Thewater in the pipes is under pressure and can go almost anywhere inhome. Be mindful of corners in your lines and the total length ofthe pipe. The

Dewalt DWS520CK Track Saw Review
by Lorenz Prem on 01-30-2011 11:21 pm

One of the most laborious tasks for the hobbywoodworker is breaking down sheet goods. 8x4ft sheets are heavy andmost of us do not have the panel saw required to handle themefficiently. Instead we all use a circular saws with astraightedge, or a table saw with an array roller stands to supportthe plywood.

A panel saw is by far the best option, but it is also anexpensive one. One alternative of a somewhat lesser pedigree is atrack saw. Since I do not have the space for a panel saw, Ipurchased the DeWalt DWS520CK.

The D

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