Author Archives: nrhiller

About nrhiller

cabinetmaker and author

Lynette Breton

As a woman who has been building furniture and cabinetry since 1980, when there were so few of us in woodworking shops that we prompted stares and questions (“What’s your real job?” “Did your husband teach you how to do … Continue reading

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Paint Buyer Beware

There’s a widespread belief that anyone who can hold a brush is capable of painting. What’s up with the spatters on the baseboard and floor? I asked a painter hired by the woman who’d rented my bungalow back in 2003. … Continue reading

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Simple American

Originally posted on Making Things Work:
Nearly ready for paint. This cabinet is in the kitchen of a 1915 house. The casework is made from formaldehyde-free, American-made veneer-core plywood with solid maple doors, drawers, and finished panels. The counters on…

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Adjusting Traditional Butt Hinges

Last winter I wrote an article for Popular Woodworking about adjusting traditional butt hinges—the kind you use with inset doors, mortising one leaf into the door and the other into the side (or face frame) of a sideboard, kitchen cabinet … Continue reading

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Young doctor, old patient

Or: Don’t knock the young-‘uns, Part 2 I’ve had my 12” Crescent jointer since the mid-1990s, when I bought the then-nonagenarian piece of equipment from a woman who had decided to quit furniture making. It’s a workhorse of a machine. … Continue reading

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Order, order!

Order in the House! As a woodworker trained in furniture making, I’ve designed and built many a kitchen over the past 39 years. Blame the first guy who employed me in 1980; he taught me a lot about business and … Continue reading

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Hurry Slowly, Part 2: Lesson learned

Originally posted on Making Things Work:
This is the seventh in a series of stories related to the tales in Making Things Work. These are new material, not excerpts from the book. ? Almost 16 years to the day after…

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