- Product # 070916
- Type Paperback
- ISBN 978-1-56158-873-2
- Published Date 2009
- Dimensions 9 3/16 x 10 7/8
- Pages 192
- Photos 325 photographs
- Drawings and 50 drawings
As the latest addition to our successful Build Like A Pro series, Built-Ins gives you 192 pages of insights and guidance from longtime how-to author Bob Settich.
You'll discover all the tools, tips and techniques you need to tackle everything from shelves and drawers to closets and entertainment centers. And you'll pick up all the trade secrets you need to add permanent value to your home, by creating attractive storage space and eliminating clutter.
Here are a few examples of what you'll find:
• How to plan built-ins to achieve their function and fit the space where they're being installed
• Strategies for meeting the challenges of this type of building, such as walls out of plumb, uneven floors and the random vagaries you'll encounter, especially in older houses
• Smart ways to use stock cabinetry to create a custom-built look without starting from scratchBy taking a practical step-by-step approach to every project and procedure, this useful reference volume delivers everything you need to design, plan and construct built-ins to enhance any home.
- Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Designing Your Built-In
Understanding the Purpose of Your Built-in
Dining and Table Standards
Special Item Storage
Clothing: Storage Concepts
Chapter 2: Materials
Making Clean Cuts
Making Molding Joints
Chapter 3: Carcase Assembly Strategies
Face-frame or Frameless?
Uniting Your Construction with the Installation Plan
Building a Face-frame Cabinet
Chapter 4: Shelves
Supporting Cabinet Shelves
Shelving Materials and Edging
Making Strong Shelves
More Shelving Choices
Chapter 5: Doors
Making Door Frames
Hanging a Door
Chapter 6: Drawers
Drawers and Slides
Building Drawer Boxes
Installing Drawer Slides
Making Drawer Fronts
Chapter 7: Countertops
Selecting a Countertop
Making a Laminate Countertop
Chapter 8: Hardware
Assembly and Knock-down Fasteners
Handles and Pulls
Chapter 9: Finishing
Stains, Dyes and Clear Finishes
Chapter 10: Entertainment Center
Build an Entertainment Center
Chapter 11: Installing Manufacturer Cabinets
Strategies and Tactics
Chapter 12: Closet Organization
Planning the Installation
Storage Cubes: A Versatile Problem Solver
Hang-track Closet System
Custom Closet Storage Unit
This book is your passport to the world of built-ins. It's a journey that can significantly add to your home's function, appeal, and value.
You'll enjoy "sightseeing tours" of completed projects, discovering concepts and details that will get your creative juices flowing. You'll also explore proven planning standards that will help you transform your ideas into a workable design.
Then you'll discover advice on choosing materials as well as step-by-step photo sequences on building, fastening, and finishing every component in your built-in. Even the margins of this book work hard, delivering Pro Tips, Trade Secrets, and warnings about What Can Go Wrong.
But if you're short on tools or time, you'll see how you can benefit from the wide range of ready-made cabinets and other "off the shelf" components to give you professional-looking built-ins throughout your home. Even with a very humble tool kit and modest skills, you can confidently take on large projects.
And if the design process mystifies you, take advantage of the low cost service offered by several manufacturers. You can get a closet design, for example, at a surprisingly small fee. And many home centers offer no-cost design consultation in the cabinetry department. Although kitchen and bath cabinets dominate the displays at these stores, many of the manufacturers featured there have broadened their output to include components for home offices and entertainment centers.
You'll also find that built-ins are often far easier and less expensive to make than a piece of furniture with a similar function. That?s because a built-in usually doesn't have its sides, back, and top visible. So you can employ a utilitarian joinery and secondary woods instead of fussy joints and high-dollar lumber.
In addition, a built-in can deliver plenty of cubic feet of storage, often without sacrificing square feet of living area. That's because you can make use of space that's currently wasted in areas with low vertical clearance, behind knee walls, and even in stud bays. As a result, you can minimize clutter and make your home live bigger than it is.Whether your destination is a large or small built-in, this book will show you how to get there, making your project look right at home.
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- Excellent step by step instructions Review by Walter
The author does an excellent job of explaining and illustrating step by step instruction for both frame and frameless cabinets that will be used for your built-in. A wealth of knowledge. Easy to understand.
(Posted on 7/20/12)
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