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Scribing: How we Achieve a Perfect Fit for Your Kitchen


Most homes aren’t quite perfect. Off-square corners, uneven floors, and crooked walls are very common – and normally, they’re only a problem when you are trying to fit a kitchen. Scribing is a technique used to fit cabinets, countertops and mouldings around these features. Using a compass and a pencil, it’s possible to mark the exact shape of any irregularities onto the work piece. Then, the excess material can be cut, filed and sanded to create a seamless fit.

Normally, the unusual features we have to fit a kitchen around are minimal, but a recent installation called for some very complex scribing work. We were working in the village of Bourn, located 8 miles from Cambridge. This Medieval village is home to a 12th century church and a Tudor hall, and many of the cottages here date back to the same era. Although they look beautiful and are a wonderful piece of local history, we soon discovered that they have many beams and very uneven walls – which makes fitting a kitchen much more difficult.

Scribing Kitchen

Most of the cabinetry required scribing in order to fit around the cottage’s period features. Tracing every lump and bump of each wall and beam accurately with a compass and pencil, we cut each piece to size, taking care to be as accurate as possible. Sanding the edges of the wood for a smooth finish, we put each piece in place, where it now fit perfectly.

Scribing Kitchen

Our scribing was especially detailed around the beams at the doorways and ceilings of the cottage. Filing the tongue and groove panelling to fit the slope of the beams, we squared it off with an intricate Shaker-style cornice – which had to be cut perfectly around the beam. When we had completed all the scribing, we were ready to hand paint the kitchen in situ. Like scribing, this is a detailed process that takes time and attention to detail.

At Bear and Woods, we believe that doing things right is worth it. That’s why our bespoke kitchens are handcrafted with care and traditional woodworking techniques. To find out how we could create one in your home – no matter how old it is – request a design consultation with us today. They’re complementary in 2016, so don’t miss out.

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