Built-in Build Off with Gary Striegler and Tony O'Malley Get a behind-the-scenes look at two very different ways to create custom mudroom cabinets.
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In this video series, second-generation builder Gary Striegler, and expert cabinetmaker Tony O'Malley share their best tips and techniques for building beautiful and practical built-ins. The series includes:
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Two Ways to Make a Built-in
Try making one of these two built-in designs. Tony O'Malley's highlights walnut and furniture details. Carpenter Gary Striegler's features efficient techniques for job-site construction.
Introduction (Now Playing)
Get the scoop on our FHB vs. FWW challenge and learn tips for better built-ins.
Pocket Screw Joinery
No clamps are needed for this speedy way to build boxes and fasten face frames.
Simple Solid-Wood Edging
Learn how to add an edge to a plywood panel without using clamps.
A Versatile Miter Saw Station
Built in clamps and a wide work surface help make accurate cuts again and again.
Classic Crown Molding
Get some tips on milling custom cabinet molding, and see how to install it without breaking a sweat.
Biscuit Joinery Basics
Biscuits are a great way to join cases. Here are three tips that will help you avoid measuring and let you glue up without clamps.
Layout With a Story Pole
Avoid complicated math by making a full size template from a strip of wood.
Cutting with a Tracksaw
Handle big panels, work in tight spaces, and make straight cuts every time.
Scribing Cabinets to a Wall
Walls are rarely as square as your shop-built cases. Learn how to scribe and cut panels for a perfect fit.
Making Arched Rails With a Router
Use a strip of plywood as a trammel to guide your router, and cut perfect curves every time.
For the last 10 years, Tony O'Malley has operated his own business specializing in built-in cabinetry. He started woodworking during college, and began in the trade shortly after graduating in 1982, working in several shops in the Philadelphia area. O'Malley has written many articles for Fine Woodworking and has edited four woodworking books for The Taunton Press.