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Installing European Hinges
by Lorenz Prem on 01-03-2011 7:45 pm

The Term "European hinge" collectively refers toself closing, concealed cup hinges. These hinges are found onalmost all cabinets, be it in the old world or new. The hingeitself is completely concealed by the cabinet door when the door isclosed.

Installation requires a cup, a shallow 35mm hole, to be drilledinto the cabinet door. The head of the hinge fits snuggly into thiscup creating a bond that is much stronger than screws alone canprovide.

The hinge snaps into a bracket installed on the cabinet carcass.Th

Building a Utility Closet
by Lorenz Prem on 10-15-2010 9:43 pm

The water heater in many homes is located in thegarage. Often it is simply attached to one of the walls. When theowners move in stuff starts piling up in the garage. The water heatand the feed pipes soon disappear under a collection of seldom usedthings.

One solution to this problem is to enclose the water heater in autility closet. The closet, which is basically an oversize armoire,physically separates your home's heating appliances from theworkspace that is your garage.


Begin by planning the

Clamp rack for Parrallel Jaw Clamps
by Lorenz Prem on 09-19-2010 7:46 pm

Everyone has heard the old saying: "You cannever have too many clamps". While I am sure this statement is nottrue at the extremes, it still seems like I have to use everysingle clamp I own at one time or another during a project.

Clamps are one of the most frequently used tools in the shop.It's only fitting store them in a prominent place in the shop. Hereis my design for storing my simple collection of parallel jawclamps.

The Design

I recently added a closet to my shop to keep the dust off theco

Installing a Compressed Air System in your Home Shop
by Lorenz Prem on 09-19-2010 7:21 pm

A compressed air system in the shop allows youto concentrate on the woodworking. If properly design, there isalways enough air to power your tools. We all want one. A qualitycompressed air system allows you to run professional air tools inyour shop. Lets take a look at what it takes to build one.

1) Pick a Compressor

A one man home shop needs a compressor that can drive the mostair hungry tool you will ever use. In most cases that's a sander orspray gun. I suggest you purchase a compressor than can drive thisload cont

Installing a large Air Compressor
by Lorenz Prem on 08-02-2010 8:25 pm

Large air compressors need to be installedproperly in order to maximize equipment live and safety, andminimize operating noise. First pick a suitable location. Acompressor has to be installed on a sturdy floor such as concrete.The weight of the machine and vibrations during operation candamage other types of floor. Installation on a wood floor isparticularly worrisome. The floor and walls will amplify theoperating noise of the compressor.


Besides the flooring also consider machine clearances and thesource of

Drawer Liner for the Kitchen
by Lorenz Prem on 07-19-2010 6:41 pm

One of the easiest upgrades to your kitchen isto install drawer liner. Drawer liner, as the name suggests, coversthe bottom of your drawers and protects them from dirt andmechanical damage that happens during everyday use. They have aplace in every kitchen; even new ones. Bare wood should always becovered with a liner. Without it liquid and dirt can make its wayinto the open pores of the wood. Over time the cabinet will developstains and a smell.

The liner comes in many varieties. Most are made from plastic orsome other wate

blum undermount Drawer Slide Calculator
Design drawers that fit blum drawer slides
by Lorenz Prem on 07-14-2010 8:55 pm

I recently started using blum undermount drawerslides in my project. These slide require precisely fittingdrawers. This calculator creates a cutlist from the dimensions ofthe cabinet opening. It has been a great timesaver for me.

Hingmy blum Drawer Slide Calculator
Lower Storage Cabinets
Cabinet build made easy
by Lorenz Prem on 07-10-2010 3:18 pm

Just like every woodworker I know, I need morestorage space for my tools and materials. It needs to be dustproof. The open shelves in my shop seem to attract the dust I putin the air much better than my air cleaner.

To solve my storage problem I am building counter heightcabinets along the back wall of my shop. The top will be made frommelamine and plywood for even more storage. Gone will be the dayswhen I piled my fresh cut stock on the planer's outfeed table.

The Design

Each cabinet is buil

Drawer Calculator
A speedy drawer cut-list tool
by Lorenz Prem on 07-07-2010 10:32 pm

Drawers are an essential component of everycabinet installation. A good quality drawer is square, has solidjoints, and supports the required weight. Quality starts with goodmeasurements.

The designer automates drawer design for you. Simply enter theoutside dimensions of the drawer you want to build, and thecalculator builds a cut-list for you. Multiple joint types aresupported.

Hingmy Drawer Calculator
Build a Wood Waste Bin
A simple project made from plywood waste
by Lorenz Prem on 07-05-2010 7:29 pm

Up to now I have been using a trash can as mysingle place to dump cutoffs and other woodworking waste. On someweeks my trashcan for curbside pickup would be full with scraps ofall kinds. I figured I need some way to cut down on the waste.

My solution is to separate the hardwood scraps from other typesof waste. Dried hard wood is great as a fire starter in myfireplace. That way it stays out of the landfill and serves apurpose too.

The Design

A trash can does not need to be anything special. A simpl

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