Blog

  • Rustic Cherry Built-Ins in Ellicott City (6/19/2014) - We recently completed a job for a family in Ellicott City, MD in which we built four separate built-in units in their main living room and their office. The existing decor was rustic, so they decided to keep with that theme and do rustic cherry built-ins.  The lady of the house was specifically interested in […]
  • IWF Fair (6/18/2014) - On Tuesday, August 19, our very own Chip Yawney will be presenting at the IWF Fair in Atlanta.  He will be giving a talk at 11:00 am on the topic of “Launching a Business: Marketing is Key.  The fair is being presented by Woodworking Network and will go from 8:30am until 4:30pm.  Click here for […]
  • Festool Carvex Jigsaw Test Run (2/28/2014) - Festool contacted A Cut Above in August of 2013 and asked if we would take their new Carvex jigsaw for a test drive and we were happy to oblige.  This short article summarizes our initial impressions. All in all this is a great tool.  There’s an awful lot of capability here and I’m sold on […]
  • A Cut Above, Inc. goes to AWFS Fair – July 2013 (2/28/2014) - During the week of July 22, 2013 everyone at A Cut Above, Inc. attended the 2013 AWFS Fair.  Steve, Kyle, Mike,  Lorri, and I set aside our normal weekly routines and spent the week attending seminars and meeting our woodworking industry peers at the Association of Woodworking and Finishing Suppliers Fair in Las Vegas.  There’s […]
  • Best of Houzz 2014 Award (2/11/2014) - A Cut Above, Inc. of Jessup, MD has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 9 year old custom cabinetry and design firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. The Best Of Houzz award is given in […]
  • Accenting Your Fireplace with a Custom Mantel (1/21/2014) - The fireplace is a focal point for your home.  Your family gathers around to chat while the fire burns and creates a warm and peaceful feeling.  Your beautiful stone fireplace adds a a sense of elegance to your living room and complements the other furniture.  But you notice that something is missing, something doesn’t quite […]
  • Choosing the Right Wood and Finish for Your Kitchen Cabinets (11/20/2013) - When it comes to deciding on kitchen cabinets, the amount of options for different types of wood and finishes may seem overwhelming. But choosing the right wood for your kitchen cabinetry isn’t the only thing to consider. Before you can begin to make your selection of wood, color, or finish, you should have a good […]
  • The Art of Transformation (9/30/2013) - “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” ~Steve Jobs When you look at the space around you; four walls, some furniture, paint, maybe a window or two, what do you see? How close does it come to that picture you have in your head, the one […]
  • DIY Natural Household Cleaners (7/12/2013) - At A Cut Above, Inc. we use a wide variety of finishing top coats on our products.  The advice we provide to our clients as to how to maintain the finish is simple – never use a commercial furniture polish or any other commercially available solvents.  Our products are “furniture grade” and you can damage […]
  • Houzz: Get Inspired (7/5/2013) - Dreaming of a new kitchen? Think that foyer needs a facelift? Hoping to spruce up the house, but not sure where to start? Say hello to Houzz! Imagine having the inspiration of millions of design ideas, with discussion forums and resources to help you sort through it all and help make your vision a reality. […]
  • Having it EXACTLY the way you want it (5/26/2013) - This is an example of what “Exactly the Way You Want It” means to A Cut Above. You may not be a fan of the contemporary style of this kitchen. But look past the style and check out the lines, the fit and finish, the precision trim work, the storage, and overall quality. That’s what […]
  • Don’t be an “Under Performer” (5/16/2013) - It happened again today. I was at the home of a client we worked with in 2008 to design and build a library. They had just replaced some of their kitchen appliances and performed some surgery on their existing kitchen cabinets to accommodate the new appliances. They want A Cut Above to “do its magic” […]
  • Customer Service is Alive and Well at A Cut Above (5/7/2013) - I hear a lot of people talk about their frustrating experience with this vendor or that vendor’s “customer service line”. How many times have you hired a contractor or service provider only to find out if you have any issues you’ve been relegated to “the customer support section of our web site…”. Yuk. I know […]
  • Fantastic home office (3/29/2013) - This is one of the finest home offices we’ve done. The cabinetry is built of hard maple and finished with a medium tone dye stain. We worked at length with the client to perfect a design that included all the features they wanted. The design of the corner cabinetry was important and we settled on […]
  • Sometimes It’s Just Special (9/13/2012) - Every once in a while an opportunity for a truly special job will present itself and the chance to produce a unique built-in or piece of furniture is yours. That happy circumstance presented itself earlier this year and we recently delivered a custom coffee table to one of our clients. The opportunity was special because […]
  • Wood species – lots of choices for custom cabinetry (3/17/2012) - There are literally hundreds of wood species to choose from to build your project.  We’ve use a wide variety of wood species over the years including maple, birch, cherry, walnut, mahogany, wenge, padouk, and others.  The choice of wood specie for your library, home office, or bar will depend on the “look and feel” you […]
  • A Cut Above, Inc – The Beginning (3/16/2012) - I have always had a passion for good quality craftsmanship and working with my hands.  When I was a boy growing up in upstate New York I spent much of my free time building go-karts, mini-bikes, re-building motorcycles, and eventually working with wood.  These interests, along with my job at the grocery store, high school […]