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October 2012 - Tools for Easier Projects

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Door Sale Ends Oct 31
Screen / Storm Door Sale Ending
Our Screen/Storm Door sale is coming to an end. Order our solid wood Screen/Storm Doors by October 31st to save 15%.

Screen Door 7102Our Lifetime, Solid Wood Screen & Storm Doors provide a beautiful way to be practical all year long!

Nothing compares to gentle breezes wafting through your home... and savings on air conditioning bills are assured. For Fall and Winter, optional Storm Panels convert Screen Doors into great looking Storm Doors, with extra comfort for you and your family!

Interior Door #7143But there is a third way to use a Vintage door... Order your Door with only our optional tempered safety glass storm panels and use it as a unique Interior Glass Door! Hanging such Doors inside your home or business creates the special elegance only a glass Door can bestow, as they admit light between rooms with a grace and charm that’s difficult to achieve any other way. There's a subtle refinement to any room fortunate enough to have glass Doors, and your good taste will be recognized by all who visit!

So, whether you need Doors at your front porch, back entry, or inside, we have a design for you and a great discount through October 31st.


Quite often over the past couple of years I’ve heard my dad (one of our owners here at Vintage) say, “Let’s get our meez together” to my mom as they start a new project around the house. Or, I’ll hear the proud exclamation, “I’ve really got my meez going now” as he shows me his newest garden gadget or tractor implement. What? I thought teens were the ones making up new words… what is this “meez?”

Turns out, Dad had been reading his daughter-in-law’s cooking blog where she introduced us to the French cooking term, “mise en place” (pronounced [meez on plas], literally "putting in place").
This phrase is defined by the Culinary Institute of America as "everything in chef hatplace", as in set up.

It is used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing the ingredients and tools that a cook will need to prepare the meals they are creating that shift.

Current Specials...
In addition to our 15% off Door Sale featured at left, we also have these specials...

Facebook Icon 1) "Like" us on Facebook! After you do, please send us a Facebook message, and we'll reply with a Coupon Code for $10 off your next order.

2) Overstock Sale - Items on sale are listed on applicable item pages for savings up to 50% off!

3) Yellow Pine Beadboard and V-Groove Board is 20% off! Use Coupon Code YP20 at Checkout.

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Fun Facts...

68% of the folks at Vintage Woodworks have been with the company 10 years or more. And, our overall average is 15 years!


Photo of the Month...

Old Lace Gable
Our Old Lace Gable Decoration looks right at home here!

Shingles on Window Hood

We just love how they combined not only different patterns but also different colors of our Fancy Cut Cedar Shingles.

Ah ha… now we know how those TV chefs make it look so easy! They have their “meez” in place!
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As explained by Anthony Bourdain, “One’s meez is an obsession, one’s sword and shield, the only thing standing between you and chaos. If you have your meez right, it means you have your head together, you are “set up”, stocked, organized, ready with everything you need and are likely to need for the tasks at hand.” Got all that? In other words, spend some time beforehand and get all your ingredients out, measured and ready to use."

– Sara Tatsch

While the term “meez” was new to us, the concept was not. We’ve always tried to make sure our customers were equipped to tackle their projects with the proper components and organized information. So, as you hustle to finish your projects before the cold north wind sends you inside to focus on the holidays, here are a few of our favorite tools to help get your “meez” together!

Free Website Tools to Plan your Project

Which Porch is Best for your House? - Find your house shape to see the porch options that work best

Porch Shapes & Rooflines - Porch Photos organized by porch shape/roofline

Balustrade Height Calculators - Calculates correct Baluster height to achieve a given overall Balustrade/Handrail height

80 Example Porch Drawings and accompanying Product Cross Reference - Examples of different product combinations to decorate porches

Gable Roof Pitch - 3 different ways to determine your gable's pitch, including a printable pitch finder

Beadboard Calculators - Calculates how many lineal feet of Beadboard you will need for your project

Bracket Cross Reference by Size - Helps you locate the right Bracket for your available space

Actual Tools To Make the Job Easier
Spinners and Brush Stand - Using a simple "spinning" technique, this tool makes painting rings on turned items (or even the entire length of Balusters) much easier.

Crown Moulding Templates & Book - 132 full color pages contain all the information needed to cut and install Crown Moulding and Trim. Set of 8 templates helps you cut perfect miter cuts.

Tell us... what other tools would you find helpful?
You can browse previous newsletter editions and read other readers' feedback at our website.

If we can be of further assistance, please let us know. We'd love to help with your projects in any way we can.

The Folks at Vintage Woodworks
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