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When woodworker Tucker Windover started doing carpentry work, it was all about building furniture with hand tools, which was good because he lived in a cabin that lacked electricity. Eventually, Tucker powered up, and now he runs a finish-carpentry business in the Boston area. When he needs a break, Tucker loads up the fly rod and heads to Maine in search of rising trout.
How one carpenter resolves conflicts between trim design and installation around the stairs
Carefully planned skirts and a couple of tricks make trimming stairs an easier job, no matter how bad the framing
If you know where things go wrong, you can install a door that will swing the way it’s meant to for years to come
Coping crown molding is more than a blind following of tradition. Understand the benefits, and learn how to cut copes right.
Excerpted from a contractor’s new-employee handbook, these fundamentals will improve the efficiency and quality of any finish carpenter’s work.
Learn how to avoid twists and kinks that can cause damage
Maintain the quality of cords and hoses, and avoid kinks and tangles by using proper wrapping technique
A pro explains how he ensures trim will run square to the floor with joints that are clean and tight before the work even begins
Finish carpenter Tucker Windover demonstrates how to achieve a perfect inside corner when running baseboard
The trim won't hold up if there's nothing behind it. Tucker Windover shares his method for locating studs in finished walls.
Once you've coped the inside corner to make a perfect joint, it's time to fit, measure, and place the outside corner
Clean lines and balanced proportions are the key ingredients for this classic trim treatment
Learn how to use a belt sander, a diamond stone, and stropping compound to revive a dull or chipped chisel
Grind out deep nicks with a belt sander, use a diamond stone to create a sharp edge, then finish with stropping compound
Whether the door is new or old, Tucker Windover's technique produces a perfectly aligned door that closes properly and stays closed when you want it to
Easy adjustments to screws, mortises and hinges on interior doors contribute to a perfect fit
A pitch-block jig and a deadman stand are two keys in transforming a jumble of parts into a continuous handrail
A master stairbuilder shares five simple techniques that greatly improve staircase construction
Zipbolt UT rail bolt
Master Carpenter Video Series
Kitchens & Baths 2014 Call for Entries
FHB’s Remodeling Showcase
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