Spalted Curly Maple

I picked up about a 1/4 cord of firewood and found this piece of spalted curly maple in the pile.

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Special Offer for July 2013

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After last month’s success, Kelsey Fine Woodworking is again making a special offer to all architects, designers, and builders.  Forty hours of free labor for your project.

Go to http://www.kelseyfinewoodworking.com/special-offer/ for more details and eligibility.

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Special Offer Update

I am happy to announce that the special offer of 40 hours of labor for free has been claimed.

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Special Offer

Kelsey Fine Woodworking is making a special offer to all architects, designers, and builders.  Go to http://www.kelseyfinewoodworking.com/special-offer/ for details.

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Blum’s New Tandem plus Blumotion Undermount Slides

For a number of years, Accuride side mount drawer slides were the standard in custom cabinetry.  Then Blum came out with their concealed undermount slides and Accurides became a thing of the past.

It took a few years for Accuride to finally release their own version of concealed undermounts.  At the time, Accuride managed to one up Blum by adding a side adjustment that they didn’t offer.  However, the chief complaint to Accuride’s design was that when the drawer was pushed in to close, the drawer would shimmy to the side and sometimes make contact with the face frame or drawer front next to it.  That turned a lot of shops off to Acccuride’s undermounts.

In 2012, Blum finally released a new model design for their undermounts that included side adjustment.  I recently installed six pair of these slides.  Like the rest of the adjustments with Blum slides, they do not require any tools and are made by hand.  The Accurides require you to use a pozidrive screw driver from underneath to make the up, down, and side adjustments.  This can be problematic when adjusting the bottom drawer in a cabinet.

Overall I found the new Blum slides to work very well.  Having the side adjustment makes installing drawer faces much easier and saves time.  This will be my preferred option for concealed undermounts for now on.

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PFohl Glue Applicator

Pfohl 6″ Glue Applicator

One of the most useful tools I have come across is the glue applicator.  The Pfohl 6″ glue applicator made by Gupfo is the version that I am most familiar with.  Virutex sells a version with a roller in the glue hopper for edge gluing applications.

Pfohl 6″ Rubber Roller.

You can buy the Pfohl with a rubber or sponge roller.  I purchased the rubber roller for ease of cleaning and faster turn around times.  The applicator does not come cheap and will run you about $264 from Veneer Systems.

Pfohl 6″ Sponge Roller

Many craftsmen will balk at the price, but the Pfohl is well made and performs exceptionally.  This applicator affords you the ability to apply glue over wide areas quickly and consistently.  A consistent glue line is especially important when gluing veneer.  When compared to other methods such as pouring the glue on from a jug and spreading with a paint roller, the Pfohl dominates.

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Horton Brasses Large Precision Hinge

Quality hardware cannot be beat and Horton Brasses delivers.  I ordered from Horton Brasses for the first time a few weeks ago.  I purchased their precision butt hinge in the large size and was very happy with the quality.

Horton Brasses

Horton Brasses

They are extruded solid brass and come in several different finishes.  The Hinge also comes with the center hole elongated which assists in making fine adjustments if needed.  The smaller version of this hinge does not offer the elongated hole.

Horton Brasses

Horton Brasses

Horton is also wise enough to ship two different screw types with the hinge.  I received a set of brass screws in the finish I ordered and zinc coated screws for the initial mounting.  Brass screws are soft and can break easily when driving them into a piloted hole for the first time.  It is good practice to use a screw of the same size and harder metal for the initial fastening and that is what the zinc screws provided.

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