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January 6, 2016
As a remodeling contractor, I have to deal with a world that is seldom plumb, level, or square, which means that occasionally I have to make tapered cuts. I used…
March 8, 2012
I got tired of never having enough shims on a job site, so I designed a shim-cutting sled that I keep in the truck. It’s really just a crosscut sled…
November 10, 2011
I work alone, so I often have to come up with jigs as extra “hands.” If I find my cabinet-opening diagonals aren’t equal, here’s what I do to square and…
September 8, 2011
When I built a picket fence around my yard, I wanted it to blend seamlessly into the landscaping by rising and falling in equal measure with the terrain. I also…
June 6, 2011
Easy-to-make jig for cutting blocking when framing
June 3, 2011
Don't bother bringing your router table to the job-site. All you need is this home-made jig and a couple of clamps to mill perfect molding on the fly.
May 19, 2011
I recently built a railing for a customer’s deck, and I used 2x2s for the spindles. For strength, I used a mortise- and-tenon assembly. The challenge became cutting quick, accurate…
March 10, 2011
Here is an easy way to get crisp, accurate cuts on 9-ft. rolls of housewrap. As shown in the drawing (right), I use a pair of 10-ft. 2x4s spaced 1/8…
January 20, 2011
Porter-Cable enters a category that has long been dominated by Kreg, but is their new jig an improvement?
January 19, 2010
Installing doors just got a step easier
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