ChuckBCharles Bickford, Ivoryton, CT, US
During a rot repair job, I found an early attempt at a rainscreen wall.
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We're talking about the houses that have acres of roof, whose kitchens and master suites have separate zip codes.
Cabinetmaker Nancy Hiller visits architectural-plywood producer Heitink to source cherry-veneer panels to build the Project House floating vanity
FHB author Bill Rainford (#237, Master Carpenter - Reproducing Traditional Moldings) wrote a blog his work with Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to preserving buildings in the Boston area.
In the following video series and accompanying feature articles, each talented craftsperson demonstrates how to build one of their signature projects and shares the tricks they've learned from their many years in their trade.
Curved deck designs are becoming popular. Composite decking and PVC can be bent to fit the curves, but how do you make pressure-treated framing conform to a radius? Good layout and saw kerfs.
When it's hot and the ground doesn't cooperate, even machine dug holes are hard work.
NYTimes article discusses a new type of plywood that takes the place of steel and concrete.
New product - temporary stair-system can be re-used over and over. It's safe, elegant and fool-proof.
A new collection of articles from the Timber Framers' Guild discusses subjects ranging from layout and engineering to joinery, raising and the enclosure of traditional timber frame houses.
A great video from concrete pro Buddy Rhodes shows a better way to form and pour a counter top in place.
A preview of two houses that will appear in FHB - one new (modern, modular) and one remodel (a stunning improvement of a suburban split level)
FHB's Master Carpenter department will soon move to the center of the magazine, and will be accompanied by a companion web video. Editors visit timberframer Will Beemer.
A bookcase swings open to reveal a hidden closet.
An architect designs a new type of Dutch door.
Here's a way to make a rail fitting that's customized to your particular staircase.
A personal re-discovery of a funny story about building a house
Notes from the 2010 JLC Live show in Providence, Rhode Island
Cabinetmaker's renovation brings a kitchen back better than it ever was.
Commentary on a recent news item - local man builds 50,000 sq. ft. house.
Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding are gearing up for a head-to-head Buildoff. Join us Feb. 17 live on the Web from the set.
A building code for the third world?
A case study in irony: Construction stops on 6,000-square-foot showcase home dubbed 'The New American Home' after falling victim to the credit crunch
The modern job-site will become a place of assembly and installation as more house components and systems are prefabricated off site.
New online classifieds target the building industry.
So I was talking to Tucker Windover, a carpenter who writes for this magazine, and he said that every new house should have a sticker on the front door, just like the ones they put on appliances...
Longtime Fine Homebuilding contributor Larry Haun and senior editor Chuck Bickford discuss the pros and cons of worm drive and sidewinder saws.
Carpentry itself can be a type of poetry in the hands of certain carpenters, so it’s a tough job to try and describe something that does a pretty good job all on its own. . .