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Cabinetry Tips & Techniques

with Jim Heavey
Cabinetry Tips & Techniques
Learn how to breathe new life into old cabinets and confidently tackle your own build. Join WOOD® magazine’s Jim Heavey for this FREE mini-class!

Get started with cabinetry and gain the skills you need to tackle your own build! WOOD magazine contributing craftsman and educator Jim Heavey will guide you through cabinet anatomy, how to stabilize and square your pieces, and ways to update existing cabinets. Learn how to give tired doors new life by fixing broken rails and stiles and replacing sagging hinges. Plus, banish loud slamming doors for good when you install a handy soft-close feature. Then, determine the cause of sticking doors, and find out how to tighten or re-glue loose joints. You’ll also learn how to repair and replace drawer slides and glides, and get tips on sanding and planing warped sides. Finally, get inspired to reface and refinish your wood for a brand new look! 

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Lesson 1. Welcome to Your FREE Mini-Class

  • Learn how to use your FREE Craftsy mini-class.


Lesson 2. Cabinet Anatomy

  • Meet your instructor, woodworker and WOOD magazine instructor Jim Heavey. Then, discover what makes a cabinet structurally sound and how to identify and fix your cabinet’s weak points. Learn to measure for square and find out what to do if your cabinet isn’t. Make functional upgrades as Jim shows you how to add a sliding drawer. Finally, see how quickly you can update upper cabinets with crown molding to give your old cabinet a new, modern look.


Lesson 3. Dealing With Doors

  • Have cabinet doors that sag or hinges that are falling off? Jim demonstrates how to readjust working hinges and show you a nifty trick for filling in screw holes that have gotten too big. Then, see how to quiet a loud, banging door with an addition of a soft-close feature. Finally, learn how to quickly repair broken rails and stiles to prolong the life of your cabinet doors.


Lesson 4. Sticky Drawers

  • Rid yourself of drawers that stick as Jim explores what causes them before offering several ways to fix them. Learn to replace or repair damaged or worn drawer slides or add slippery plastic laminate to drawers with runners. Then, find out how to fix a drawer that’s just a little too wide with a planer or even a candle.


Lesson 5. Refacing & Refinishing

  • Now that your cabinets are structurally sound from frame to doors and drawers, it’s time to spruce up the outside. See how to make simple cosmetic repairs to the frame. Then, discover how to give your cabinets a quick and modern facelift using a thin sheet of wood laminate. Finally, bring wood back to life as Jim shares his advice on stripping and refinishing cabinets.

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