Author Archives: nrhiller

About nrhiller

cabinetmaker and author

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

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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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Hurry Slowly, Part 1: Soggy Bottom

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This is the sixth in a series related to the tales in Making Things Work. These are new material, not excerpts from the book. It really was as grey as it looks. Around 1986…

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Originally posted on Making Things Work:
This is the fifth in a series of posts related to the tales in Making Things Work. These posts are not excerpts from the book. This one relates most closely to the tale entitled…

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