Shaker Style Cabinet




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Steve built this functional shaker style cabinet for Julie and her family to provide additional storage and appeal for a semi alcove area.  The drawers and doors are full overlay (meaning they sit on the outside of the cabinet rather than inset) and have the traditional shaker style.  This piece was unique with a second set of doors above the counter.  The doors directly above the counter are able to fold into the sides of the bookcase to store out of the way.  Steve used a bead board backing to add charm when the doors are open.  Julie choose a nice warm neutral color that complements the stained countertop and knobs.  The bottom features “feet” rather than a solid kick for added interest.  Great piece for great clients!  


Latest Kitchen Project


A Hyde Park, Ohio condo gets a total renovation. Steve was part of this project under General Contractor Brian Shackleford of Marcel Design Builders and worked closely with the clients to provide custom details and meet all of the wish lists, personal style, organization needs and functionality. The results are stunning! The Client has not moved in yet so these are  pictures of the bare bones before decorating, but I was anxious to share!

The Kitchen was finished with an awesome warm gray/green with “Absolute Black” countertops.



The Island has a beadboard and black distressed finish with a fabulous walnut countertop.

Other details include the custom range hood, appliance garage, dove-tail drawers, pull-out slides behind the doors to provide easy access.  More pics and info will follow.

Appliance Garage

Appliance Garage

Walnut Countertop

Walnut Countertop

From the Ground Up


How does a custom cabinetry piece come to life?  As with most things, it starts with an idea, a vacant space, a need, a picture.  Sylvia knew she needed something on either side of the fireplace to complete the room.  But, she had a window above each area so the traditional bookcases to the ceiling wouldn’t work.  They also needed somewhere for their TV components to hide.

Sylvia saw this piece of furniture and loved the detail on it, especially the fluted casing that would match the fireplace surround.  She also liked the bottom/leg detail that gives this piece a unique look rather than the typical straight bottom.

So, after working with Sylvia to iron out all of the details Steve began the project in his cabinet shop.


And, here’s the finished project in Sylvia’s house.  Exactly as she imagined and looking awesome.

What a transformation to the room!

Notice the matching details to the fireplace surround – fluted casing, pedestal base.

No more wires for the TV components.  They’re there, just hidden inside the cabinetry.



Grayson Does It Again – SKILLS USA


Congratulations to our son, Grayson Cline, for winning 1st Place in Kentucky State Championship competition for carpentry for Skills USA!!!!!!!!  On April 4th the Kentucky State Competition for Skills USA was held in Louisville.  The carpentry competition was held at the Union Local Hall.  Students from regions all over the state competed for the championship title.  Steve and I attended the competition and watch anxiously as the students built a section of roof from blue prints complete with framing, sheeting, tar paper and shingles.  Grayson had a slow start after discovering his brand new saw supplied by his school did not have a blade and one had to be hunted down.  However, his consistency and accuracy overcame the glitch to take home first place and power tools as his prize.  Kudos also to Grayson’s teacher, Mr. Lawson, and the carpentry program at McCormick Technical School in Alexandria.  Not to mention the mentoring and tutoring from Steve over past couple of years.  Take a look below at Grayson in action at the competition.






Bragging Rights


Today we attended the Skills USA Competition in Covington, Kentucky for the region.  Our son Grayson competed in the carpentry class with seven other students from schools all over Northern Kentucky.  While having a rocky start, Grayson overcame some initial frustrations to be the first place winner.  While winning self confidence and pride in his craft are an important part of the Skills USA mission, it was also fun for Grayson to receive a power saw and other tools that he will need for his trade.  Are Steve and I proud?  You bet.  We already know he is an awesome kid, but this was the icing on the cake.  Next will be state competition in April in central Kentucky.  Whether he wins that or not, we’re proud of the opportunity for him.  Congratulations Grayson!  I’m sorry about the quality of the photos below, I was a little nervous and not on the ball with the camera.  I do want to give a huge “Thank you” to Grayson’s teacher, Mr. David Lawson of McCormick Technical School in Campbell Co.  He has been a big contributor to Grayson’s success.  It’s teachers like Mr. Lawson that make kids want to learn and do their best.  Thank you Mr. Lawson!

Competition in Full Swingt

Grayson in Front of His Project


Grayson Receiving His Prize

Grayson and Mr. Lawson



Fine Woodworking


One of Steve’s favorite woodworking magazines is “Fine Woodworking” by Taunton Press.  This month we received an email from them with an offer for a great publication called “Built-Ins  Idea Book”.  The photos below are some of the great looking projects that they feature.  The book is only $19.95 and you can order by going to

I love the bookcases below.  The doors and drawers are inset and I love the contrast of the stained wood for the countertop and shelves.  Notice also the fireplace surround on the right hand side – makes for a homey, yet clean, crisp look for the home.

And who wouldn’t love the home office.   Except with all of those windows to stare out I don’t think I would get much done.

The Contemporary Kitchen Island is a nice change of pace from the traditional style.

Try dreaming up some of your own cabinetry and woodworking projects for your home and oh, by the way, I know a guy who can fix you right up!

Home Office Haven

Kitchen Island





Wining and Dining


Do you have an unused alcove or funky space in your house and don’t know exactly what to do with it?  This client came up with a great idea for an unused 48″ wide alcove in her dining room by putting in an under-the-counter wine cooler surrounded by cabinetry.  The wine cooler was appproximately 24″ wide leaving a balanced look with 24″ of cabinetry tied into it.  The wood was maple with a distressed warm chestnut brown finish.  The antique seeded glass shows off her beautiful display of wine and cocktail glasses.  Lights were installed in the soffit above to give a visual effect as well as to  light up the area for serving.  The upper cabinets are tied into the soffit with 4-1/4″ crown moulding.  Antique bronze knobs keep in pace with the warm tones of the wood.  What a great choice for the granite – it blends the wood tones and wall colors perfectly!  Beautiful job!  Do you have any unused nooks and crannies hiding in your home waiting to be put to good use?  Wining and Dining looks and sounds pretty good to me.

Beautiful warm tones of the granite enhance the finish of the wood.