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.

Oak Bedroom Suite

I love building custom furniture, it’s what got me into woodworking in the first place.  I loved every minute of designing and building this Oak Bedroom Suite for a family in the Brazos Valley.

We Want Something Custom…

Every custom cabinet maker and woodworker loves hearing those words.  True custom work is where skills and creativity are stretched and grown.  Kayla wanted a one of a kind bedroom suite for her home.  She provided me with some dimensions and some pictures from Pinterest for some “pinspriation.”

Sketch up is one of my most powerful tools.  I was able to take the dimensions and specifications given to me and come up with a 3D concept drawing to “See” the project.  Sketch Up allowed us to talk about what worked and would not and solve design problems before we ever cut a board.

Sketchup concept drawing

Oak is the ideal choice for furniture.  Oak is Strong. Oak is Durable. Oak is Beautiful.  Can you tell I really love working with Oak?  Another advantage of oak is that it takes stain and finishes amazingly well.

Building the Entertainment Center and Dresser

Good materials make good furniture.  I spent a long time at the lumber yard finding just the right pieces.  The picture to the left is a beautiful piece of figured red oak.  In the finished entertainment center you will see that I kept the grain orientation the same across all three drawers.  It’s a little detail that many my not notice but one I’m proud of.

Building the cabinet boxes for both the entertainment center and the dresser was a straight forward process.  We used Purebond Oak Plywood for the body of the cabinets, and solid 3/4 Oak for the face frames.  (You can learn more about why we exclusively use Purebond Plywood by clicking here). 

 

 

The bodies of the Oak Bedroom Suite cabinets

Unique Drawer and Door Faces

I’d never made a cabinet door in a Chevron Pattern before this project.  It took some trial and error to get right but the doors turned out nicely.

Achieving the Perfect Color Stain

We mixed our “Classic Gray” and “Dark Walnut” stains in various proportions to get the color just right.  The final stain chosen was 2/3 Classic Gray and 1/3 Dark Walnut.

Once we got the color right we applied several coats of high quality lacquer for a durable finish

A satin finish paired nicely with the color we mixed.

Special Delivery…almost anywhere

Thanks to the growth of our second business, Texas Custom Kennels, we now have the ability to ship our custom furniture across the United States.  We even shipped one table to Seattle Washington.  Since this project was relatively close we delivered and set up the furniture for them.

The King Size Oak Platform Bed

I didn’t get great pictures building this bed.  We used 3/4 oak plywood, edge-banded it, and build some 3×3 feet out of solid oak.

 

All the Pretty Pictures of Our Custom Oak Bedroom Suite

Your Next Project Starts Here

If you can think it, find a picture of it, or just describe it, we can refine it and bring it into reality.  Contact Us to have your dreams built into something amazing.

Barn Door Installations in the Brazos Valley

It has been a while since we posted anything about our barn doors! We build custom wood barn doors and offer installation services for Bryan, College Station, Caldwell, Brenham, and the rest of the Brazos Valley.  Here’s some of our recent barn door projects.

Baby Boy’s Nursery in Bryan

Double Barn Door Bryan Texas

This is the first full bypass barn door system we’ve done.  With the limited space of this bedroom there simply wasn’t room for a traditional out-swing closet door, so barn doors to the rescue.  We installed a full length header to support the weight of the doors.  Our standard practice is to stain this to match the doors.

These doors are a 42″ K-Brace stained in Weathered Wood.  To order yours click here.

Kitchen Pantry Barn Door in College Station

Pantry barn door for kitchen College Station Texas

While I’d love to take credit for this Kitchen Remodel, that credit goes to my friend Buck the Builder.  He contacted me to build a coordinating barn door for a pantry in a hallway.  A regular door would have blocked access to the hall when it was open.  With a barn door you wont impede traffic getting your Pop-Tart while everyone rushes out the door on their way to school and work.

This is a 30″ mid-bar design on our standard 6.6ft track.  The header was left a contrasting color to tie into the kitchen.  Getting the right color for this door was a little bit of a challenge.  We mixed and matched a few different colors to get the effect that our customer wanted.  To order yours click here.

A Desperately Needed Shop Door Facelift

Barn door for garage in Burleson County Texas Caldwell Somerville Snook

The garage door on my shop was literally disintegrating.  One day, half of it fell off the track, and almost ruined one of our custom projects. It was scary but my chiropractor appreciated the extra visit.  An over head door is really just in the way in a small shop so barn doors it is.  Technically in this application they are double carriage doors.  My wife picked out the X-brace design and we took out the eye sore of a garage door, framed out a jamb and installed these.  Still need to get it all painted…

We bought this property a little over a year ago.  I forgot how bad this place looked when we bought it.  There’s still an overwhelming amount to do, but we’re making progress.  You however don’t have to suffer through a long, live-in-flip.  You can hire Dailey Woodworks to renovate your home in a quick painless manner :-).

These doors are 42″ X-Brace Doors, mounted with common gate hardware.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook so you can see the finished product.

Getting Barn Doors for Your Home is Easy

Barn door order form for aggieland

On our barn door order page we have upfront pricing on our standard sizes, colors, and installation service.  We can custom build almost any size from barn-door-baby-gates, to massive over-size barn doors in a variety of styles.  We’ll build your barn doors and have them installed in just a week or two from your order date.

Barn Doors also make for great farmhouse style headboards.  To order yours click here.

 

 

 

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.

What Kind Of Door Do I Need: A Door Buying Guide For Your Home

what kind of door do i need cover photo

I often hear the question, “What kind of door do I need?”

When it is time to replace a door on your home you have many options and likely many questions. Our goal with this post is to provide a clear, yet concise, buying guide to help you choose the right door for your home. We will briefly touch on interior doors then focus on exterior doors for the bulk of this post. If you’re in the Brazos Valley, we provide interior and exterior door installation and are happy to help you with your project.  And of course we build and install custom Barn Doors as well.

How to measure your front door.

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There are rough opening dimensions, finished dimensions, etc.  Thankfully residential door sizes are pretty much standardized throughout the industry.  This means it’s as simple as measuring the width of the actual door.

I snapped this picture sitting at my desk in my wife’s new craft room.  As you can see this is a 24″ door.

Pre-hung vs Slab Doors

There are two options when buying a new door.  Slab or Pre-hung.  A slab is just the door.  It may come predrilled for a lock set or it may not.  With a slab the hinges must be mortised and the door trimmed to fit the existing jamb.  A pre-hung door is just that, a door that is “pre-hung” on a jamb. I always recommend purchasing a pre-hung door.  The cost difference in negligible.  In fact, I charge more to hang and fit a slab on an existing jamb than I do to remove and install a pre-hung door.  With a pre-hung door you get a full “door unit” and everything lines up straight from the factory.

Interior Doors: Hollow Core vs Solid Core Doors

A “Hollow Core Door” is hollow and a “Solid Core Door” is solid.  Glad I could clear that up!

Hollow core doors are lighter and cheaper both in quality and price.  You can pick up a hollow core interior door off the shelf at any box store or building center.  Your house most likely has hollow core doors.

A Solid Core Door is solid.  This means it weighs more, about double from my guestimation.  They also cost about double.  The advantages are that a solid core door will take more abuse from your three year old super hero, block sound a lot better, and will also insulate better than a hollow door.  The disadvantages are cost and availability.  The 24″ door in the picture above is a solid core and is used as a passthrough from my shop to my wife’s craft room. We chose a solid core for the sound and insulation benefits.  We had to special order the door and it took about 3 weeks to come in and cost about double.

Exterior Doors: Steel vs Fiberglass vs Wood

When it come to exterior doors there are a plethora of options: double doors, arched doors, doors with windows… you have a lot of options. Knowing the differences in cost, quality, and maintenance will help you make an informed decision.

Steel Doors – The Economy Option

Steel Doors are your basic option and the cheapest option for an exterior door.  At my fixer upper, we’re slowly replacing our exterior doors with steel doors.  Our house is in a “working class” neighborhood and it would be a poor return on investment to spend more money on a higher quality door.  If you live in a “fancy” neighborhood going with a “cheap” steel door isn’t a great idea for resale purposes.  The only real advantages of a steel door are the cost savings and being readily available.

The down

[/caption]The downsides are as follows: They dent and scratch very easily, once they are dented it’s almost impossible to hide the dent.  Other flaws like “ripples” are almost impossible to see until after you paint the door. The ultra flat factory primer makes it hard to spot these imperfections, but once you apply a semi-gloss paint EVERY flaw in the door stands out.

Steel doors have their place; cost savings, rentals, back doors, and starter homes for example, but I recommend going with a fiberglass door whenever possible.

Fiberglass Doors

I recommend you install fiberglass doors in your home.  The cost difference varies from about $75 more than a basic steel door to upwards of $2000 for a wood-look premium fiberglass door like this one:

Fiberglass doors insulate better, don’t rust, and resist dings and dents better than steel doors.  It’s definitely the way to go if you want the best door for your money. (Read our blog post about this door installation in Bryan TX.)

Wood Doors

Absolutely nothing compares to the beauty of a real wooden door.  I love them.  This is a door I sanded down and refinished a year ago.  Which brings us to the big downside of wood doors: maintenance.

I left this picture big so you could take it all in as you were scrolling down.  What an amazing door!  They are also very expensive.  A prefinished solid wood door and a top of the line “wood-look” fiberglass door are about the same price.  Now I will begrudgingly share with you the negatives of a real wood door…  As I mentioned earlier, maintenance is the biggest draw back of a wood door.  With the extremes in temperature, humidity, and the blistering summer heat you can expect to refinish your wood door every 7-10 years (prices change but refinishing a door like this runs about $450).

Here is what the above door looked like before I refinished it.

Summary

Thanks for reading all the way through.  If you call the Brazos Valley home and need a door replaced or refinished send us a message and we will provide a free estimate.

For interior doors you have two main options: Cheap and available hollow core doors or expensive and special order solid core doors.  Wood interior doors are also an option.

Exterior Doors have many options in three main categories:

  • Steel Doors – Cheaper/lower quality.  Good for rentals, back doors, the budget friendly option
  • Fiberglass doors – Best value and quality.  You simply get a lot better door for your money.  I recommend fiberglass doors especially for the front door that everyone sees.
  • Wood Doors – Unparalleled Beauty but High Maintenance…There’s a marriage joke in there somewhere but I’ve closed the door on jokes made in poor taste.

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After thoughts:

Right Hand or Left Hand In-swing

I’ll be honest, this still confuses the heck out of me.  I’ve lost count of how many doors I’ve installed (over 100 for sure) and I still have to re-enact opening the door or draw a picture for the guy at the store. Instead of trying to explain it to you and confusing us both, here’s a diagram I found.

My Favorite Locksets

I really like these keypad locks from Kwikset.  They are easy to install and have an “auto-lock” feature.  It’s nice to be able to text grandma the code instead of finding an extra key.

Over Size Door Installation in Bryan Texas

This doorway was a challenge.  The entry to an older home in Bryan, TX was a massive door that, unfortunately, was damaged beyond repair.  Years of rain, Texas heat, and, most recently, a beating from Hurricane Harvey had caused the old wooden door to swell, crack, and begin to fail at the joints.  We set about replacing the door and rebuilding the entryway.

My clients chose a door from our door supplier and we installed it when the door arrived a few weeks later.  The old entryway had no insulation and I can imagine that in full summer heat or winter chill, you would feel the draft walking by.  We completely tore out the old framing, built new framing, installed the door, added insulation, closed it back up, and painted it.

The finished result really boosted the curb appeal of this home.  In fact, the homeowners loved it so much that I’m going back to replace a few more doors for them in the next couple of weeks.  We originally painted the door and surround in Doe Skin by Kelly Moore but since both of the homeowners are professors at Texas A&M University, it just wasn’t right without some Aggie Maroon.

 

We professionally install interior and exterior doors throughout the Brazos Valley, Contact Us for a free estimate.

Reclaimed Staircase

Rustic Pine Staircase, Reclaimed Pine Staircase and Handrails

Home Remodel in Caldwell TX

I love projects like this! We took a boring and unsafe staircase and made it beautiful and safe.  Using clear southern yellow pine for the treads and reclaimed pine beams and lumber we created a unique rustic staircase that suits this barndominium.

Unfinished OSB Staircase

Like most staircases, this one started with OSB.  If you have an ugly staircase, don’t worry, it can be transformed into something that suits your home and style.

You’ll notice that this staircase does not have any kind of handrail or safety rail.  It was quite unsettling at the top which is about 14ft.  A proper handrail that meets code is essential for safety and ease of use.

This is the outside or barn area so there was really no need to do what we did here.  A simple handrail would have been fine.  However, we are slowly taking this area and polishing it up to look like the beautiful rustic home on the inside.  I think we succeeded.

For the treads and landings, we used clear Southern Yellow Pine.  Using Clear Pine for the stair treads vs Knotty Pine stair treads costs more but yields a better result.  Clear pipe lumber is more stable than knotty pine so there will be less chance of splits, warps, cupping, or twisting later on.

DIY Rustic Pine Stair Treads for a Farmhouse Staircase in a barndominium
Clear Southern Yellow Pine Stair Treads

The handrails are made with reclaimed lumber.  The story behind the lumber is really cool.  The barndominium is built on land that has been on this family for generations and is near what amounts to a little ghost town outside of Caldwell, Texas.  In this community there once was a store.  The store belonged to my client’s grandmother.  Many years after the store was closed it was torn down and much of the lumber was saved.  This is the lumber we used for the handrails.

rustic farmhouse staircase with reclaimed lumber handrails
Handrails made from reclaimed pine

To hold the posts in place we cut a half-lap joint in the wood so that it could sit partly on the treads and be connected to the sides with lag bolts.  This makes for an incredibly strong post that won’t be going anywhere.

Once everything was installed we sanded everything and started the finishing process.

The prep for finishing is always time-consuming but is the key to a great looking finish.  We spend about 4-5 hours filling nail holes and sanding everything up to 220 grit.  After thoroughly cleaning off the dust we started from the top and worked our way to the bottom staining all the treads with English Chestnut by Minwax.

Sealing the treads was the same process of starting from the top and working our way to the bottom.  We did two coats of Minwax Polyurethane for Floors. I absolutely recommend going with the oil-based formula.  You’ll need mineral spirits to clean it up but an oil-based polyurethane will hold up longer than a water-based polyacrylic.

Here are the finished treads with the risers done

The final step was to build a safety gate for the top landing.  My client’s children and grandchildren come to visit and keeping the grandbabies safe is crucial.  We built these gates out of reclaimed lumber in the same way we build our custom barn doors.

 

This was a great project and the second I have done for this great clients.  We built a Murphy Bed for her last her and we have several more improvement to make to this barndominium in the future.

If you live in the Brazos Valley we are happy to help you with your next carpentry, remodeling, or home improvement project.  We serve Bryan, College Station, Caldwell, Snook, Somerville and surrounding areas.  CONTACT US today to schedule a free estimate.

Want to see how we did it? Watch Below

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Staining and Sealing Your Woodworking Project is Easier Than You Think!

Many DIYers are happy to paint their projects but freeze when they think about staining it.  Will it look right? Will I ruin it? Where do I start?  Hear is the truth: Staining and sealing your own furniture is easier than painting.  Even if you’ve never attempted to apply stain or apply wipe-on-poly yourself you will get great results if you follow the steps in this Youtube Video.

SEE! So easy only a politician could mess it up!

Here’s the steps and the products I used to finish this Rustic Style Barn Door. 

  1. Always sand your project up to 220 grit: Sand paper I use: Mirka 5-Inch 8-Hole Dustless Hook-and-Loop Sanding Disks
  2. Clean off all the dust with a slightly damp lint free cloth
  3. Apply stain. I like using a brush to get the stain in all the nooks then wipe the extra off with a lint free cloth. The Stain I used on this project is Provincial by Minwax:
  4. 4) Once Dry you will apply a least two coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly, I like Satin:

Now I like to use old based stains and finishes. The results are consistently better than with water based stains and polyurethanes.  If you’re finishing your Wooden Dog Kennel don’t worry once dry it is completely safe.  In fact polyurethane is food safe when fully cured, but I still wouldn’t eat it. Because we’re using oil based products you’ll also want some nitrile gloves and Paint Thinner/Mineral Spirits for clean up.

Here’s a Front Door I refinished following this same process but using exterior grade Spar Urethane.

Not quite up to doing it yourself? Well if you’re in the Brazos Valley Area CONTACT ME and I’ll be happy to help make your home look amazing.

If you have any questions or comments leave them below.

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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Office Remodel

This was an Office Remodel in Bryan TX.


I don’t do a lot of commercial work, but I will for certain situations, namely friends.  My mechanic and former employer from WAY back called me to refresh his office space.  I wonder why?

The paneling had to go.  Scratch that,  everything had to go.  We did a full gut of the office space.  Lights, ceilings, walls, floors all replaced.

We had planned on simply replacing the ceiling tiles on the drop ceiling and painting the cross members, but because it was so old it was easily damaged beyond repair.  We redid the entire ceiling and installed new LED office lights.  This was the first and hopefully last drop ceiling I install.  I think it turned out well.

The next phase was drywall.  We did a light knock down texture painted gray.  Trim was a nice cream color and doors a deep red.

The old used-to-be-red vinyl tiles were replaced with a nice ceramic.  This was installed by a sub-contractor as I’m no good at tile work.  

Once the walls were painted, tile work done, and trim installed it was time to install a coffee bar.  We went with a budget friendly option by using inexpensive yet high quality stock cabinets.  These were solid oak face frames and drawer fronts with complete plywood construction.  NEVER buy particle board cabinets.  We stained them and installed them.  A local countertop company installed some nice granite.

Cleaned up and ready to move back in…

Finished

A huge THANK YOU to the owners of B&B Automotive for allowing Dailey Woodworks to renew your office space.  If you live in the Brazos Valley and need a good mechanic they are the people to go to.

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