There are various types and styles of under cabinet lighting. Throughout the years of fabricating kitchen cupboards I’ve seen just about all the options that are available.
In this article, instead of me trying to educate you about temporary or permanent light fixtures that attach underneath your kitchen cabinets, I thought I’d share this excellent book I discovered on Amazon called: The Complete Guide To Under Cabinet Lighting.
The author of the book really gives an in-depth presentation about kitchen cabinet lighting.
Here is a brief outline of what’s in the book:
Various types of under cupboard lights available: Puck Lights, LED, Florescent, Xenon, Halogen, Linear, Puck, Surface Mount, Hardwired, Plug-in, Battery Operated…
How the different designs actually produce light
What to look for in order to satisfy your personal preferences
Cut the laminate about one inch oversize in both directions, length and width.
Rough the surface of the cabinet or countertop that you are gluing the Formica laminate to with 40 grit sand paper.
Apply contact glue to both surfaces and allow it to dry for about 15 minutes.
Stick the two pieces together being careful to align them just right.
Roll out the plastic laminate with a J-roller or you can use a block of wood and a hammer to apply the pressure that is needed.
Apply wax or oil on the edge where the router bit will be spinning on the laminate if necessary.
Route off the excess Formica.
File the plastic laminate
Clean the surface with lacquer thinner.
The process of gluing down Formica is the same whether you are laminating a cabinet, shelves, doors or countertops.
Important note: When applying plastic laminate to countertops, it is very important to always use flammable contact adhesive. If you use non-flammable contact glue, you risk the chance of the glue letting loose in the event you spill something very hot on the surface.
Most woodworkers would know how to make a cabinet drawer if they were using a Lamello biscuit joiner machine. Perhaps you just purchased one or are borrowing one form a friend. In any case follow along with this video instructional to accomplish the task like a professional. Transcript:
Now, dove tails have been preferred for solid wood construction for some time but they’re not really a perfect solution for all materials. Read more…
The following video gives all the steps necessary for preparing to paint a kitchen island cabinet. The reason they decided to remodel this island is because the added ornamental posts to the corners of the unit. The professional in this video obviously knows the necessary steps to produce an excellent end product.
Transcript: How to paint a kitchen cabinet, affordable creations, by Teresa Small
Hi there. I’m Teresa Small from Panama City Beach and today I’m at Jeff and Shirley’s house, some of my favorite clients. They have this lovely island area in their kitchen and they’ve added these ornamental corners on them. This is raw wood ornamental corners and it’s going to give a really beautiful elegant look.
What I’m going to do today is prepping it. I’ll take out all of the stuff off of it, sand the wood pieces that I’ve already painted in the past, clean them back up and start to put the coats of the new color on there. When it’s all finished, it should be very uniform and very pretty.
Hey everyone. This is Dustin Kampel with Kampel Enterprises Incorporated. We’re here today to show you how to fix nicks, gouges and deep scratches on your countertop.
Now, we accidentally gouged the countertop. To fix your scratch today, you’re going to need a couple of things and they are a tube of SeamFill that is color matched to your countertop, SF 99 Solvent Cleaner, a Kampel polish putty knife, a screw driver to open up the can of solvent, a little scrap piece of cardboard in order to mix the SeamFil on and a roll of paper towels for clean up. Read more…