How To Choose Built-In Furniture

Making the spaces in your home work well for you can be a challenge sometimes. You may have an odd corner or a room that is an awkward size, making it difficult to find ready-made furniture to fit. Alternatively, you may have specific guidelines that nothing seems to match. Custom built-ins resolve both these issues.…

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More Than Just Little Pieces of Wood, Because It’s More Than “Just a Hobby”

Most woodworking hobbyists don’t need long lengths of hardwood, especially if they are crafting a small project. Unfortunately, most hardwood companies are geared toward being strictly wholesale, with few exceptions. They don’t look kindly upon the person who asks if they will cut a two-foot piece of 8/4 x 10 Mahogany, or a one-foot piece…

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3 Questions to Ask An Expert Carpenter

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You’ve decided to hire an expert for your next big woodworking project. This is an excellent choice; there is so much to the craft which will be second nature to a master carpenter that would be daunting for a DIYer. Here are three questions to ask any carpenter before engaging their services. 1. What Is…

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The Mindset of Woodworking

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As a boy, I was introduced to woodworking by my uncle, who was an electrician, but knew his way around carpentry, as well. Better yet, I had two great uncles, from the “old country,” who had been expert carpenters, and one a stair builder. One of them was the father of the founder of a…

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3 Reasons To Install a Custom Built-In

Your home needs somewhere to store all the books, entertainment equipment or materials, craft supplies, or whatever your heart desires. Sure, you could purchase a furniture piece from a big box store, but you run the risk of it being not quite right; it could not have the correct dimensions, not be able to hold…

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Selecting the Right Wood Supplier For Your Wood Moulding

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Searching for custom wood moulding to provide to your customers can be a headache. You want to provide the best product for your clients, but don’t want to have to charge them extra to get the high quality. When searching for the best wood supplier, consider the information below. 1. Wealth of Experience A company…

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What’s New (and What Never Changes) at Barney & Carey Co.

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Like just about every other business right now, we at Barney & Carey Co. are often finding it harder to come up with certain materials; however, by reaching out to other mills and wholesalers, we have been able to get what we—and what our customers—need.  Quality can be an issue these days, especially with hardwoods. Whenever I am allowed to do so—even at some additional cost—I will personally go to these suppliers and hand pick our wood.

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A Custom Wood Fireplace Mantels Adds Elegance To Your Home

When your home is your castle, you want to be a welcoming place with subtle, sophisticated beauty. If you have a fireplace, it is the perfect locale for a custom wood mantel to showcase your style with intricate designs and beautiful finishes that provide a talking piece that lasts. Mantel Options Depending on your tastes,…

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What You Need to Know About Hardwood and Softwood Lumber

When your home improvement project requires lumber, knowing the basics will help you communicate effectively with your contractor. Do you need hardwood or softwood? Hardwood Lumber  Hardwoods are strong and durable. They come from slow-growing trees, such as oak, teak, ash, bamboo, cherry, maple, and walnut. They’re dense and can be hard to work with.…

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Hobby Wood for Your Next Woodworking Project

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“Hobby wood” is just another name for shorter pieces of very high quality hardwoods and softwoods. I never fail to be astounded at some of the completed small projects our customers bring in to show us, from simple cutting boards to magnificent mantle clocks, bird carvings, and just about anything you can imagine…

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