When it comes to woodworking and home remodeling projects, there can be a broad spectrum of skill levels from company to company. Sometimes contractors are skilled at rough carpentry and can frame out a project, and then they hire out a subcontractor for the finish work. As a full-service woodworking shop, we handle all parts of a project in-house, from design to installation and the finish work. We take pride in our craftsmanship and attention to detail, and believe our skill in fine woodworking sets us apart from other remodeling contractors.
While we do rely on modern technology to make our life easier, these tools cannot replace time-tested woodworking skills. Many of these techniques date back to the Old World, and have been used by artisans for centuries to create furniture that lasts for generations. We are honored to continue these traditional techniques for many of our woodworking projects.
Fine woodworking skills are useful on a variety of projects. Our team can build custom furniture, restore antiques, install built-in cabinets, or create custom millwork. We rely on these skills for our larger projects, too, as we focus on the small but significant details that enhance a kitchen remodel project.
Here are 5 fundamental fine woodworking skills that our craftsmen use for projects:
1. Hand Planing
Before power tools, all woodworking was done by hand. This includes straightening and smoothing out lumber to be used for furniture. A hand plane is a tool used to flatten the surface or edge of a board. We break out the hand planes when we are working on solid wood tables, like this live edge table top:
2. Mortise & Tenon Joinery
While modern furniture may be built using screws, nails, or dowels, nothing beats the classic mortise and tenon joint. To make this joint, a slot (mortise) is cut into one piece, while a tongue (tenon) is created at the edge of the adjoining piece. When done right, a mortise and tenon creates an incredibly strong joint.
Mortise and tenon joinery is a staple in fine woodworking, especially in building furniture, like this Mission-style filing cabinet.
Dovetails, one of the oldest types of joinery in the world, are a strong and stylish choice for combining two boards at 90 degrees. Because of how the dovetail’s parts interlock with each other, it makes this joint particularly strong for lateral forces, making them ideal for use in drawers or boxes.
We use dovetail joinery for many of our solid wood cabinet & furniture drawers. We also find ourselves repairing damaged dovetails when we restore antique or heirloom furniture.
Decorative inlays provide a stunning visual element to any woodworking project. Inlays are a way for us to add contrasting or complementary designs, exotic woods, or an eye-catching element to table tops, drawers, and sides. It takes precision and skill to add inlays and to keep everything flush and smooth, as if the inlay was a natural part of the table top. See one of our more complicated inlay jobs on this custom desk and credenza.
A custom woodworking project isn’t complete until it is sanded, smoothed, and finished. Depending on the style and materials, a project can include painting, staining, and a protective finish (using lacquer, varnish, or urethane). You want a finish that will protect the piece, won’t fade or chip, and will not detract from the look and feel of the project.
At Cedars, our team is skilled at applying the right finish based on the material and purpose of the project. We finish each project – from custom furniture to kitchen cabinets to custom millwork – so that it will look great for years to come.
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As the weather gets warmer, the days grow longer, and you spend more time in your yard, you may start identifying areas where you can improve or upgrade your home’s exterior.
At Cedars Woodworking and Renovations, we are an award-winning exterior contractor. We specialize in specific outdoor upgrades that add comfort and value to your home. So, whether you are looking to add curb appeal before you sell your house, or you want to create a relaxing atmosphere in your backyard, the team at Cedars can help you improve your home’s exterior.
Here are 6 improvements we can make to the outside of your home or your yard.
Exterior Home Renovations and Updates
1. Historic Millwork Restoration
Because of Central PA’s rich history, there are thousands of historic homes in Lancaster County and the surrounding areas. Over time, the millwork and casings around windows and doorways can rot, fade, or get damaged. We design and install millwork that matches your existing trim, so you can keep your home’s historic appearance. We can fix damage done by the elements or by past repair attempts. Our custom millwork process combines technology and skilled handcrafting to recreate millwork that fits your home perfectly.
2. Outdoor Kitchen
Our skills with indoor kitchen renovations transfer to outdoor living spaces and patio kitchens. Working with your hardscping contractor, we can design and build custom cabinetry to store dishes and grilling supplies, as well as built-in cabinets to protect your outdoor entertainment center.
3. Updates to Outdoor Living Spaces
Adding a trestle, pergola, or pavilion to a backyard is a popular way to create or enhance an outdoor living space. Our woodworkers can use these to give you a space to relax, play, or entertain in your backyard.
4. Privacy and Security Gates
We can create a visually-stunning gate to add to your home or property. This can be used to keep your backyard private, to keep unwanted visitors out, or to add an element of style and sophistication to your hardscaping.
5. Entryway or Front Porch
Add an upgraded entrance to your home with a covered front porch complete with columns, roof, and decorative millwork. This creates a warm, inviting entrance to welcome guests and family into your home.
6. Decorative Elements
It is the finer details that can really make a home’s exterior stand out. Features like flower window boxes, shutters, and roof support brackets can showcase your sense of taste and creativity. We can add these features to your home, matching your desired style and functionality.
Contact Cedars for Your Next Home Renovation Project
When you are ready to start planning your next home remodel project, contact Cedars Woodworking. We can help you think through your design, determine a budget, and help you create the home you’ve always wanted. To schedule a consultation, contact us with our online form or by calling (717) 392-1736.
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You may have noticed a recent change on our website: we have a new name! Instead of Cedars Woodworking & Interior Painting, LLC, we’ve officially changed our name to Cedars Woodworking & Renovations. This name change better reflects our company’s current focus on providing quality woodworking and home renovation services.
To see why we changed our name, you first need to see where we’ve come from.
History of Cedars Woodworking
In 1980, Steve Schmucker started a small painting business to pay for college. Called “Steven E. Schmucker Painting,” this fledgling company and young owner sought to distinguish itself from the competition by providing outstanding customer service and meticulous attention to every last detail.
Because of repeated requests, in 1995 Steve expanded his offerings to include custom woodworking services. This way, we could add custom millwork, trim, and finish carpentry to our clients’ projects. We also started refinishing furniture and building custom furniture for our clients.
Our first commercial workshop was nothing special; in fact, it was set up in the basement of Steve’s home. But from those humble beginnings, we have expanded our operation to include a CNC machine, professional woodworking equipment, and a larger commercial shop in downtown Lancaster. More importantly, we have gained the experience and expertise needed to create custom woodworking projects.
Our professional woodworking shop and showroom in Lancaster, PA
Focus on Home Renovation Projects
In recent years, we’ve been hired to do an increasing number of home renovation and remodeling projects in southcentral PA. From kitchen & bath remodel projects to living room updates, we use our deep woodworking and finishing skills to transform your home’s living space.
Customers value us for our design skills, upfront and honest communication, and our ability to guide projects from the design process all the way to completion. This can be seen in our recent recognition from the LNP Reader’s Choice Awards for our cabinetry, kitchen & bathroom remodeling, and exterior remodeling.
What hasn’t changed is our commitment to integrity, quality work, and customer satisfaction. To start a conversation about your renovation or woodworking project, call us at 717-392-1736 or fill out our online form.
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