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Stephen Major (Owner--Major Design Group)

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I can answer questions regarding woodworking, cabinetmaking, architectural woodwork (interior and exterior), and the design of same. PLEASE provide photos whenever possible.

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I have 25 years experience as a professional woodworker and cabinetmaker. I have a lot of experience in the design and fabrication of casework (built-ins, bookcases, entertainment centers) as well as free-standing furnishings including beds, tables, etc.


Author: "Architectural Woodwork - Details for Construction" published by Van Nostrand Reinhold (now Wiley).


BS Cornell University.

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Recent Answers from Stephen Major (Owner--Major Design Group)

2016-03-26 moldings:

David,    First off, the ceiling appears to be unevenly-spaced in relation to the top of the cabinets.  This may be one of the reasons that the original installer left the gap, instead of trying to fit

2016-02-13 unfinished natural pine door:

Sarah,    There are a couple of drawbacks to leaving indoor woodwork unfinished:    (1) The pine will get dirty from skin oils, pets, or other things that might come in contact with it.  And because it

2015-10-26 Spray painting for Household and Automobiles:

Prashant,    A standard painting practice here, especially for new work, is to apply the paint with a sprayer then "back roll" with a paint roller which is wetted with paint.  This helps to even out the

2015-10-26 Spray painting for Household and Automobiles:

Prashant,    Yes, but the equipment and the paint is typically very different for these two operations.

2015-10-09 Melamine:

Kevin,    I've seen this before.  It is usually caused by the blade being slightly off-parallel from the direction of the cut.  Use a good straightedge and re-position the shaft or the carriage so it is


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