In my last Pearlworks blog, I discussed face frame cabinet design using architectural ornamentation concepts. We showed how to accomplish multiple styles easily and on a budget! Flexible resin details allow radius shapes to be used in the design that simply cannot be accomplished by using standard wood products. Not only can they be done affordably but in a timeframe that makes sense.

I had a customer who just built a beautiful radius cabinet using all wood products. He stated he had over 300 hours in the project. When I asked him how he billed 300 hours his reply was he did not. So ………you billed for less than half the hours worked? His reply was he billed for less than half his hours worked because most of his time was thinking how to build the darn thing. As beautiful as this cabinet was…… how do you make a living billing half the hours worked?

When I explained how he could have saved hundreds of hours by just using flex material for the radius carved details I saw the infamous deer in the headlights look! The worst part of this whole story is this person has been a Pearlworks customer for over 10 years!

Now you know why I am starting to write blogs on the ease of using and integrating flexible architectural ornamentation in cabinet design.

The other area of design which I feel has been neglected is edge details for lower base cabinets. The master cabinet builders of the past used carved edge details as design features to enhance the custom look of their cabinets. Radius edge details using flexible ornamentation is one of the easiest and most cost effective way to add tremendous detail for a minimum of cost in time and materials. You can use single moldings or do multiple molding build-ups to create any look you want!

Now here is the good news….. Adding flexible molding details to a curved top takes no longer time wise than a straight square top. The hardest thing to a radius top is cutting it…..and we all know that’s not too hard either.

One of the easiest ways to install these details is to use the proper tools. I constantly go to job sites where a problem with installation occurs…..Most of the time its splitting of the material and 99.9 percent of the time its installation error. Unfortunately, most carpenters do not want to take blame for such things as its always easier to blame the material. My next few blogs will be discussing these issues.

Resin loves to be installed using the smallest nail around…..23-gauge nail guns are used exclusively for installing these fine details. Most of the time 18 gauge nail guns are used which causes splits to occur in the resin.

All resin products should also use a chemical bond. Type bond 2 wood glue can be used in most applications. We also use construction adhesive for areas that require a stronger bond. For quick set glues any of the two part catalyzed glues work great.

Pearlworks offers hundreds of edge detail concepts that can be used on multiple projects, giving a custom look without the custom price!