The Complete Guide to Cabinets & Countertops (Black & Decker)

The Complete Guide to Cabinets & Countertops (Black & Decker) : How to Customize Your Home with Cabinetry

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A skillbuilding and confidence-creating introduction to working with cabinets and countertops, TheComplete Guide to Cabinets & Countertops contains comprehensive information on the tools, materials, and techniques you'll need to create kitchen cabinets and countertops, bathroom cabinets and vanities, and even sturdy utility cabinets for the basement, garage, or home workshop. This book is packed with valuable information on selecting and ordering stock cabinets, including tips for assessing quality and suggestions for combining stock cabinets in innovative ways. It also has full, step-by-step instructions for building your own custom cabinets from sheetgoods and hardwood. Traditional joinery methods are shown, as well as how to use newer, knockdown hardware and modern fasteners. Techniques for making custom doors and drawers are shown in full detail, with helpful plan drawings and clear step-by-step photos. Finishing, customizing, and upgrading material is also included in the book. In the countertops section, you will find complete instructions for making and installing every popular countertop type, including post-form, custom laminate, ceramic tile, granite tile, poured concrete, and butcher block. You'll even find projects for working with solid-surfacing countertop material. Backsplash options are shown as well, along with instructions for drilling and cutting granite and marble materials and mounting all types of sinks and faucets.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 210 x 275 x 12.45mm | 875.43g
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • English
  • 500 color photos & 20 diagrams
  • 1591865891
  • 9781591865896
  • 1,194,712

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Great organization is the hallmark of this series, and this title is no exception. The book begins with instructions on cabinetry, starting with easier-to-install stock cabinetry and tips and recommendations for selecting products and removing old cabinetry. The second section pairs cabinets with countertops. DIYers will find a wealth of information here. The projects are well organized, with lists of necessary materials, and a helpful introduction explains the use of basic tools. The illustrations are useful, too: step-by-step instructions are accompanied by clear photos, and the projects feature exploded-view drawings with cutting lists. Some projects have been directly copied from Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Kitchens, 3d ed. The glamour shots have been updated, and the installation of recycled-paper countertops is new. VERDICT Overall, this is a solid manual for most homeowners with the tools and know-how to tackle such projects. Very strongly recommended. - Library Journal
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The Editors of Cool Springs Press have produced the highest quality DIY home improvement books for more than 30 years. In conjunction with the experts at BLACK+DECKER(TM) they have combined resources to create more than 200 home improvement titles that provide consumers and weekend DIYers with the information they need to get the job done right. Their books have set the standard for do-it-yourself publishing, featuring clear, professional photography and concise step-by-step instructions that get straight to the point. View our full catalog at or connect with us on Facebook (, Twitter (@quartohomes), or Pinterest (
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