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At KMD Custom Woodworking we strive to be a resource for Rhode Island homeowners. New articles will be added on a regular basis so make sure to check back frequently for new tips.

Meeting Norm Abram

Posted by on May 22, 2013

Norm Abram

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to meet a person that has been a great influence on me as a woodworker and is one of the reasons that I founded KMD Custom Woodworking.

I was at a trade show hosted by Festool USA at the JLC Live Residential Construction Show in Providence and the surprise speaker was Norm Abram. He spoke to the group for over 30 minutes about himself and the shows that he has been on and then we were able to talk one on one with him and get an autograph. We talked woodworking for a few minutes and I told him what meeting him meant to me and then to my surprise he started asking me questions about my company and the work that we perform. We chatted for a few more minutes then I got his autograph, he was one of the nicest, most down to earth people that I have ever met.

I started watching Norm on This Old House in the mid 1980’s and New Yankee Workshop in 1989. At the time I was a beginner woodworker just having completed four years of cabinetmaking in high school and watching Norm on television kept me interested in the trade. Over the years I bought his books, made a lot of his projects and learned a lot of techniques that I still use today. I still watch the repeats of his shows on newyankee.com, even though they are 15 to 20 years old they are still informative and enjoyable to watch.

I am very happy to have had the chance to meet him and tell him how much his teachings have helped me in my woodworking career and my business and will cherish that five minute chat for a long time. I would also like to thank Festool USA again for giving me and everybody else that attended the chance to meet such on iconic woodworker.

The silent beauty of soft close cabinet hardware

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012

You have probably heard the phrase “silence is golden“. Well, when it comes to drawers and cabinet doors silence really is golden. We have all cringed at the sound of slamming doors because it disturbs the peace and quiet of our homes. The real problem with that slamming sound is that it stresses the joints of the drawers and cabinet doors every time it happens which can lead to failure of even the strongest joints.

When my daughter Danielle was very young she used to open cabinet doors and slam them shut, like a lot of children tend to do. That was right around the time that soft close technology was first introduced. I decided to try a closer and was amazed and delighted by its function and have been hooked ever since (that same closer is still in use to this day, over 10 years later).

If you’re interested in soft close hardware for your cabinetry and you’re looking for that “golden silence” please give us a call. We only use Blum brand hardware, a company that pioneered this technology and in my opinion is the best and longest lasting soft close hardware on the market. Protect the investment that you made in your cabinetry and have the peace of mind knowing that your cabinets will last longer.

If you have any questions regarding soft close technology just give me a call at (401) 639-8140, I am always available and will be happy to discuss it with you.

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-Keith Breault

 

Will crown molding look good in my home?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012

The answer is yes , unless your home is a streamlined modern design then crown molding will enhance the look and feel of any room.

The key to making crown molding look good is the proportion of the molding in regards to the size of the room and the height of the ceilings. A common mistake is installing molding that is to small so that it does not make a statement or to large that it makes the room feel small and confined.

A good rule to follow is if your ceiling is under 9’ tall then a one piece molding under 4” wide will look the best regardless of the size of the room. If your ceiling is 9’ or taller then you can use a one piece molding 4” to 7” wide or a stackable molding profile which uses multiple pieces to achieve a larger and more pleasing look. Even though you may have 11’ ceilings, if you are installing molding in a small room you would want to use smaller molding than you would use in a larger room.

These are just general rules to follow to help you chose which size molding will look the best in your home. If you have any questions or would like an in home consultation please contact me.

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-Keith Breault