Dailey Woodworks

Putting the “Utility” in Utility Room

It’s a Laundry Room, a Mud Room, Pantry, Catch All.  Most houses have them.  That room that’s by the garage door or, if you’re in the South, the door that everyone you know comes through because front doors are just for show.

We took this empty room and transformed it into the perfect landing zone for a busy family.  As you walk in from the garage you’re greeted by a hall tree to hang backpacks, and put shoes.  We made a fully adjustable shelving unit so it can change as their needs change.

Entry Bench/Hall Tree

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Utility Closet

Next, we built a large three-door closet.  This closet has one bank of adjustable shelving for those things you use, but not every day, but still want access too.  Those things.  The next is set up for the vacuum, cleaning supplies, and has a clothes rod for hanging clothes out of the dryer if needed.

Dryer Stand

When we arrived the dryer was sitting on this ugly wood box.  The homeowner mentioned she loved the height it made the dryer but very ugly.  We made a beautiful dryer stand with a full extension drawer for additional storage (can you ever have enough?)

Above the washer and dryer, we built matching upper cabinets.

Window Nook Desk

One unique addition to this laundry room is this little window nook desk.  It was one of those “can we do this?” additions and I’m proud of how it turned out.

Draw-Bridge Doggie Door

Do you even love your dog if you have not provided them with a draw-bridge doggie door?!  I’ll admit that I did this for free because I thought it would look cool.  There was a door here that the previous owner sealed up.  We removed the old leaky door and framed in this opening with a high-quality Low-E window.

 

Water Heater/Pantry

This is the only original cabinet we left in this room.  Refacing a cabinet box can save a lot of money so we refaced this old ugly cabinet to make it look just as good as the new cabinets.  This method saved the customer about $1000 over fully removing and rebuilding a similar cabinet.  Don’t Replace – Reface!

A Fun Project – A Useful Transformation

Our client loved our finished result.  Not only is it beautiful, but every change we made serves a purpose.  Custom cabinetry designed to make your life easier and less stressful.

Here’s what the Home Owner thought of our work:

Her review was delicious.

We specialize in coming up with unique cabinetry solutions designed for your space and designed for your life.  Contact Us to start your next home improvement project.

Better Quality Materials Give You a Better Finished Product

dailey woodworks uses quality wood and materials

Everyone wants their money’s worth.  It doesn’t matter if its lunch or a new kitchen; we want good quality at a good value.  Here at Dailey Woodworks, we are the same way.  We want the best materials possible at the best price possible to provide our customers the best value overall.  That’s why we’re now spending $15 more per sheet of plywood.

The Problem

For the last few years I’ve been buying one type of plywood for my custom dog kennels, one type of plywood for my shop projects, another for cabinetry, and another for stain grade work.  Here’s the thing; this leaves me with a small mountain of off cuts and scraps that I can’t really use. Waste.  I tried various ways to organize and use it; however, mixing BC, Birch, Oak, and Radiata offcuts together for a finished product isn’t a good option. You’re paying Dailey Woodworks for a high-quality end product, not for a hodgepodge of scrap lumber.  So every couple of weeks, I’d load up my small mound of offcuts and take it to the dump.  I probably throw away $300-$500 of good material every month, if not more, because I just don’t have the room to store it.

Discovering Purebond Hardwood Plywood

Old Birch on the Left. Purebond on the Right.

For my interior cabinet work, I have been using Common Birch from my local lumber yard.  It’s a decent paint grade material that provides a good value.  But I really don’t like working with it.  The dust generated really irritates my allergies, even with my dust collection system.

Recently, I started a laundry room renovation in Bryan, TX. We started with storage/water heater cabinet refacing.  (Refacing is keeping the cabinet box, painting or replacing the face frame, and installing new doors.  This is about 1/2 the cost of new cabinets (See our Budget Kitchen Transformation Article to learn more).)  My client decided to add a couple of pull out drawers for better access.  Our standard drawer boxes are clear coated 1/2 birch plywood with captive 1/4 birch bottom.  They are strong, look great, and are inexpensive.

Since my normal lumber yard was 20 minutes away, I decided to go to the nearest lumber yard and pick up what I thought was the same but more expensive product.  It was advertised as “Purebond.” I’ve heard a few of my favorite Youtube Woodworkers talk about it and liking it.  The cynic in me just assumed they were getting sponsored to say that.  I’ll be darned! (keeping it kid friendly here) It’s good stuff!

The first thing I noticed was that the faces were thicker and looked better than what I normally used. The biggest difference was in milling it to size.  NO ALLERGY IRRITATION! It smelled a lot better, too.  Looks better, smells better, less irritation… that’s all great but is it really $10-15 a sheet better? I finished up my pull outs with a few coats of lacquer and installed them.  We were waiting on my cabinet doors to come in so I loaded up and headed home.

I had about a half sheet left so I put it on my scrap cart that was already overflowing with the various other products I use thinking,  “Wow! This “Purebond” stuff really looks better and mills very well, maybe I should look into this?”

Old Birch on Left. Purebond on Right

Making the Switch

Using my magic rectangle that contains all of the knowledge known to man, I quickly discovered why I should start using Purebond exclusively.  The main birch I had been using is imported from China, contains formaldehyde, and is made under questionable manufacturing practices.  Purebond Birch Plywood (I can order it with basically in any wood), is made in the USA, uses Soy-Based Adhesives, and poplar wood cores.  Basically, both you and I can find out everything we want to know about Purebond plywood because Columbia Forest Products is proud of it, unlike the old product I was using.  I could only get an “I don’t know, we just order it from our supplier” when I asked about where my old lumber yard got their “cabinet grade material.”

Here’s the facts: Purebond is made in North America, from American sourced raw materials, It uses a Soy-Based formaldehyde-free adhesive during the manufacturing process, is both LEED and CARB compliant, and is a winner of the EPA’s Greener Synthetic Pathways Challenge.  Which would you rather have in your home? Which would you rather use to store your food?  Which would I rather work with almost every day?  Exactly.

Standardizing to Increase Value for My Customers

While all the benefits of switching to Purebond are obvious, there was still the extra price to swallow or pass on to my customers.  But what if there was a better way?

I’m all into learning and applying Lean Manufacturing Philosophy to my life and business.  You can see some of the improvements I make in my “Lean Improvements” blog category.  The overarching principle of Lean is to eliminate waste.  Remember that $300-500 of material I throw away every month because I don’t have room to store it? The solution is to apply one of the core tenants of Lean: Standardize.  Standardize applies to the way I get dressed, to the way I build dog kennel, and to the materials I use.

Instead of stocking four types of plywood, what if I just used one?  I had been using various plywoods because I thought that it was better to sometimes use a $30 plywood for one type of product and other times use a $55 plywood for another product.  Then I ran some numbers.  By standardizing across the full scope of my business, I can utilize offcuts and leftover materials exponentially better.  If I have 1/4 sheet left over from a project, I can use it on the next project, no matter what it is, because I’ll be using the same product on the next project.  In fact, not only do you get a better finished product but I end up saving money in materials overall.

Stocking up with help from my very best helper.

You may be wondering; “yeah but what if I want walnut cabinets?” Well, the answer to that is “yes, please, I love walnut.” Instead of spending a large fortune on walnut plywood for the entire project, we can strategically use our standard Purebond Birch Plywood with Purebond Walnut Veneer Plywood on the end panels and visible sections.  Value, Looks, and Quality.  Boom! Mic Dropped!

Ready to Start Your Next Home Improvement Project?

We’re always improving everything we do to provide a greater value and experience to our customers. By carefully selecting the materials we use from woods, to paints, to hardware, we’re committing to providing exceptional quality and value to all of our work.  Tell us about your next project and lets get started.

Murphy Bed Progress using Purebond Plywood

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Murphy Bed For A Client In College Station

We just finished up this Murphy Bed for a client in College Station.  Right now in Aggieland, we are all about College Football.  Every few weekends, Bryan and College Station are overrun with people coming into town for college game day.  With a seating capacity of over 102,000, Kyle Field at Texas A&M is the biggest football stadium in Texas (including pro football stadiums).  That’s a lot of extra friends and family coming to town.  Wallbeds are great for adding additional beds for gameday guests.

Guest rooms are great for people who have friends and family stay with them regularly.  But, at the same time, an extra queen size bed takes up a lot of floor space in a room that mostly sits empty.  That’s the same issue that Stacy was facing.  She needed a place for guest, but also wanted her craft-room.  So she got both.  We built and installed this awesome queen size Murphy bed in an average size room.  When folded up the bed only takes up 17″ of floor space.  We also flanked the bed with two 2 foot wide book cases with fully adjustable shelving.

Starting with the Best Materials and Hardware

We’ve recently switched to Purebond Plywood for all of our cabinetry builds.  It’s a fantastic, environmentally friendly product that I loved using on this build. Learn more about it here.

Milling up all the parts

The hardware we use is simply the best.  I’ve actually been criticized by fellow online woodworkers for spending $299 on a hardware kit, because they “can make the kit themselves for $50.”  No. No, you cant.  I can spend days searching and finding the hardware the kit contains, figuring out how to make it all work safely and consistently, or I can purchase a high-quality hardware kit with a lifetime warranty that allows almost anyone to operate a 150lb folding queen size bed easily, with one hand.  I gladly guarantee my work because I’ve carefully chosen the parts that go into my products and builds.

 

For the finish on this bed, we used Durapoxy by Kelly-Moore Paints.  The color was custom matched to the existing trim and cabinetry throughout the house.  If you’re in the Bryan-College Station area, I highly recommend Hill Country Paints.  In fact, they are my exclusive paint and finishing product supplier because of their superior products and amazing customer service.

Matching the Existing Cabinetry

A fun challenge for this bed was to match the style to the existing cabinetry in the house.  Honestly, this was a lot more work than I expected.  I ended up getting a new 70-piece router bit set just to match all the profiles (darn, more tools to buy…noooo!)

The cabinet door facing we applied is actually a four piece build up.  Starting from the outside we used pre-primed radiata pine. This is a very stable and easy to mill material that is a great value on paint grade projects.  We set up a combination of table saw jigs and router bits to match the the outside profile.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t come across in the pictures well.  The second piece is a stepped cove that we have sitting about 1/8 of an inch below the white frame.  The third piece is the faux raised panel that starts at about 3/16″ thick and goes up to 5/8″ thick before meeting the final piece.  The fourth and final piece of this build up was the trickiest.  It’s an Ogee paired with a round over.  To create this, we started with a 1×3 and routed it on edge to create the Ogee, then flipped on it’s side to route the round over.  The final step was ripping the finished and fragile trim off with the table saw.  The recessed field is the plywood foundation of the bed.

Flanking the Murphy Bed with Book Cases

Adding two bookcases to the sides of the bed really sets it off and helps balance the bed in a room.  It’s completely optional of course.

 We built these book cases with the same material that we build all of our paint grade cabinetry with.  Since the book case was over 7ft tall, we needed a fixed center shelf to keep the cabinet from bowing out over time.  The rest of the shelving is completely adjustable thanks to 1/4″ shelf pins.

Murphy Bed Installation

It’s important to have everything out of the room where your Murphy Bed will be installed on installation day.  Installation, adding trim, and any touch up painting typically takes only one day. We bring the pre-finished bed pieces and build parts and assemble it in place.

Final Touches

After installation, we paint the trim, perform any touch ups, then thoroughly clean the work area.  If you already have the mattress, we are happy to install it for you as well.

If you’d like an extra game-day bed, extra room in your spare room, or just love the concept of a Murphy Bed installed in your home, check out our Murphy Bed page to start the process.

Budget Kitchen Transformation

Does your kitchen look like this?

Let’s walk you through how we transformed it into this

This was a Kitchen Remodel in Bryan TX.

Your kitchen is the most important room of your house.

It’s where you prep your meals, it’s where your junk drawer is, it’s the countertops you put groceries on, it’s where you make your coffee… I could go on (but I could have also just said your kitchen is where you make your coffee to establish my point).

The Kitchen is the Hub of most homes, if that space isn’t functional or enjoyable then it affects your whole life.  We took this old, worn out, and poorly laid out 1960’s kitchen and completely updated it to be beautiful and functional.  AND WE USED THE EXISTING CABINETS SAVING THE HOMEOWNER $1000s!  

Modifying existing cabinets is called “Cabinet Refacing.” Refacing cabinets can be as simple as new door and drawer fronts on a functional but dated kitchen.  Or Refacing can be extensive modifications to existing cabinets to drastically change how a kitchen functions.  Sometimes it is best to go with all new cabinets but many times we can come up with budget-friendly solutions.

This kitchen had a built-in oven and a separate range, both broken.  We looked at the option of replacing each but it’s shocking how much a built-in oven costs.  We decided to demo the existing cabinets and build to new base cabinets to allow for a combination stove/range.  Even with the cost of new base cabinets for this area and a nice new stove was still about $500 less than it would have been for separate built in oven and stove top.

I built two drawer banks to flank the new oven and when we were all said and done you cant tell where the original cabinets end and the new ones begin.

All About Those Drawers

All but one of the base cabinets were converted to drawer banks.  Deep drawers do a better job of not only organizing your pots and pans but also allow for better access.  We built all of our drawers with 1/2 birch plywood and have 1/4 drawer bottoms that are captive on 3 sides.  This creates a very strong drawer that can hold a lot of weight.  We use ballbearing full extension drawer slides.

The drawers are clear-coated with lacquer for a durable finish.

Doors and Drawer Faces

Simple elegance was the goal with this kitchen.  Shaker style doors and drawer faces create a timeless look.  We only use Euro Style concealed hinges on our cabinets.

Finishes

DuraPoxy by Kelly Moore Paints is my go to paint for cabinetry.  It goes on beautifully and when dry gives an extremely durable finish.  Park Oak Paint in Bryan is the Brazos Valley’s only Kelly Moore dealer, and my favorite paint store.

Shout Outs

No remodeling project is done by just one guy.  It takes various tradesmen to get the job done.  My tile guy Chris is outstanding in his attention to detail.  The Electrician installed all new can lights, undercabinet lighting, and brought everything up to modern code. Scott, my favorite plumber from Bass Plumbing puts up with me and fixed what was a mess underneath the sink.

Our countertops were done by Brazos Valley Granite.

YouTube Video

Want a walk through?  I documented this remodel on my youtube channel so you can see the process of how this project came together.

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Built-In Cabinet Modification

Custom Cabinets in College Station TX

Did you know that you’re existing built-in cabinets can be modified?  Many people assume that built-in cabinetry has to be completely removed and new cabinets made if they ever want to make changes.  What a waste of time, money, and materials!

Cabinet Modification, also commonly called cabinet refacing, allows existing cabinets and built-ins to be changed, modified, and updated to change their function and style.

This entertainment center was built in the days of big heavy CRT televisions.  Thank goodness for new technology and better TVs.

Seriously, this 49in HDTV is only $300, and has Netflix built in! And it only weighs 25lbs vs 9,001lbs

For obvious reasons, my client would rather have a TV like this rather than the old style that this cabinet was built for.

 

They saved $1,600 modifying the existing cabinet vs building new

Here’s what we did:

Partial demoing of the cabinet (Hover over pictures for captions)

Modifications

Detail Pictures

The client opted to save even more money by painting the “New” cabinet themselves. They were pretty happy with this 2-day modification.

We build new cabinets and modify existing cabinets.  Contact us to set up a free estimate for your next home improvement project.

Murphy Bed Built for Playroom

We recently had the opportunity to build this Murphy Bed for a lovely family in the Woodlands, Texas.  This is a queen size bed that we installed in this family’s playroom.  That is the great thing about a Wall Bed, when this bed is folded up it only takes up 16″ of floor space, allowing for a truly useful multipurpose room in your house.

Only the Best Hardware

Create-a-bed Murphy Bed Hardware is the only hardware we use for our Murphy Beds.  It is high quality, well-designed hardware specifically tailored for safe, easy to use Murphy Beds.  I always cringe when I see Youtube Videos or Pinterest Posts touting “DIY Murphy Bed Hardware” or “I built a Murphy Bed for $400.”  The first statement worries me about safety and ease of use. The second is a flat lie, there is more than that in lumber alone.

With Hardware from Create-a-Bed, you get a smooth operation that anyone can operate with one hand, and it comes with a lifetime warranty.  The Create-a-bed hardware also has a great set of plans to build your own Murphy Bed if you’re a DIY’er.

Quality Materials

High-Quality lumber and materials lead to a high quality finished product.  Our paint grade beds are built with Radiata Pine Plywood and Lumber.  This material provides a very stable and smooth surface that paints exceptionally well.  All of our paint grade cabinetry is built with this material.

To finish the bed we primed with a quality sandable primer.  This fills the pores of the wood allowing us to sand to a very smooth finish.  A good paint job is all in the prep.  My new favorite cabinet paint is Durapoxy by Kelly-Moore Paints.  Durapoxy creates a very hard finish that is easy to clean and exceptionally durable to high use items, such as cabinetry, doors, and trim.  Using my Titan 440 airless paint sprayer (I’ve set it up specifically for cabinet painting) I apply two finish coats of paint.  Spraying with an Airless sprayer gives a flawless, glass smooth finish.  The color used for this bed is Semi-Gloss Dover White, it’s almost identical to the Antique White we use on our Dog Kennels.

Extended Service Area

The great thing about our Murphy Beds is you don’t have to live in Bryan or College Station, Texas to get one installed in your home.  We build your bed to your specifications in our shop and come install it in your home.  Typically in one day.  This allows us to offer installation to an expanded area including; Huntsville, Conroe, The Woodlands, Brenham, Bastrop, North Houston, Waco, Temple-Killeen, and Austin.

 

Contact us to get a free quote for an Awesome Murphy Bed

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Get Organized in 2018 – Make Your Life Easier!

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It’s midnight.  You groggily stumble to the pantry, in need of a midnight snack.  You make it to the pantry, flip on the light and are temporarily blinded by the light.  You need cereal. Not just any cereal you need your special bedtime cereal.  You look, you dig, you move 14 different things.  Because of course, your cereal has been buried in the back of the pantry.  You reach for it…only to find that it’s empty.

As you plan out the murder of your wife, child, roommate for eating the last of your cereal then putting the empty box back the truth hits you…

You don’t have to live this way! You can make the change! You can hire Dailey Woodworks to custom design a hyper-organized pantry that will be so easy to use this scenario will never happen again! 

All joking aside, it’d be pretty sweet if your pantry looked like this. Wouldn’t it?

We can help you design a pantry or closet system that is beautiful and functional.  Make time in 2018 to fix that closet that always bugs you.  We’ve even created a Pinterest Board with some great and beautiful ideas.

A dream pantry not in the budget? Don’t overlook cost-effective solutions.

If you have metal track shelving you may want to keep it. It’s very strong and adjustable to your needs, but the wire shelving is ugly. Upgrade it with simple plywood shelves. Better looking and stronger.

 

Get things off the floor. This garage shelving system gave this family half of their garage back. Hooks hold ladders, shovels, and bikes within easy reach.

 

Install adjustable shelving in your cabinets to allow for space savings and flexibility. We can modify your current cabinets with pullouts, trays, and extra shelves.

Your imagination is the only limit.  Contact Us today to schedule a free estimate.

PS – We have loads of fun organizing things…

Everything in its place and a place for everything

California Closet With a Rustic Twist

I recently completed a huge all-summer-long remodel of a great barn style house.  The house is a two story red barn with full-length porches on the front and back hidden on 18 acres in a rural area.  This house was just on the border of how far I am willing to travel for a project.

I’ll have several posts under the “BarnHouse Renovation” Tag so check it out.

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Custom Murphy Bed Build

Custom Murphy Bed in Caldwell TX

If you live in the Brazos Valley, and would like me to build a custom Murphy Bed for your home contact me for an estimate.

Shortly before Christmas I was commissioned to build a Murphy Bed.  Building a custom Murphy Bed is a project I have been wanting to do for a long time.  My wife and I had talked about building one for our guest/craft room, but it just never seemed to happen.  So when I got the chance to build one I jumped at the opportunity.

After some research we chose to use a professionally made hardware kit from Create-a-Bed.  There are several less expensive ways of putting a bed together but with something like this hacking together a cheap mechanism just creates problems.  By using a high quality hardware kit it saved time and therefore the client money in the end.  Also, the hardware comes with a Lifetime Warranty, which is reassuring.

This is what you get in the kit:
On each side of the Murphy Bed I built a bookcase.  Following the “Rule of thirds” each bookcase is a third of the width of the Murphy bed.  I also set the book shelves back from the face of the Murphy bed for some visual appeal.

(The “Rule of Thirds” refers to the idea that the human eye finds a 1:3 and 2:3 ratio visually appealing.  Take a look at your doors, cabinets, and dressers and you’ll see this in practice). 

We debated painting the bed white, but I’m very happy that we decided to stain it.  To add detail I made a faux door frame once again using the “rule of thirds.” to finish it up I added baseboard and crown molding.  A Murphy Bed can be taken from a ultra modern look to Victorian depending on the details you choose to add, or not add.

The Murphy Bed itself (for the full size, vertical mount) comes out from the wall 16inches, is 82inches tall, and has a width of 60inches (5ft).  Each book case is 82h x 20w x 12d.

The gas struts make raising and lowering the bed easy.  A firm tug lowers the bed and it can be closed with one finger.  My client is a very small person and had no issues raising and lowering the mechanism.

It is necessary to anchor the bed to at least 3 wall studs.  And while it is a semi-permanent addition to your home it can be partially disassembled and moved if the need ever arises.

Murphy Beds can be made to be either vertical or horizontal and are available. in Twin, Full, or Queen sizes.

Rusty’s Remodel Part 3 – Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel in College Station TX

This will be the last post of this series.  There was a lot of painting, drywall repairs throughout the rest of the house. All of which were fairly basic and not “wow” transformational.  The Kitchen, however, was the crowning achievement of this project.

The credit for this Kitchen doesn’t go to me but to Wright Custom Woodworks.  All I did was paint and install the hardware.  Bo, completely changed and refaced the cabinets to a nice modern-classic look.  He’s also a great guy.  I’ve recommended him to several people for custom cabinet work, and will continue to do so.

Here are the Pictures: Click on them to open the gallery.

 

 

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