ManKnit

Sandy Hook, CT, US
executive producer


ManKnit
I'm a writer, hobby woodworker, DIY home improvement enthusiast, and self-described Web junkie. After five years covering the high-tech beat as a daily news reporter in San Francisco, I traded in the high-tech for the hand-made and became an assistant editor at Fine Woodworking magazine. I went on to launch FineWoodworking.com as the managing editor, and helped contribute to the launch of FineHomebuilding.com a year later.

These days I contribute to the entire family of Web sites online at Taunton.com in my current role as Executive Producer.

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Contributions

Lunch Pail Podcast #1: Whats the Difference Between a Trim Carpenter and a Fine Woodworker?

Lunch Pail Podcast #1: What's the Difference Between a Trim Carpenter and a Fine Woodworker?

Join us for a live online video discussion with editors from Fine Homebuilding and Fine Woodworking where we'll compare strategies and techniques

Building a Mud Room: Behind the Scenes

Building a Mud Room: Behind the Scenes

Follow along this week with photos and commentary from the set of the Fine Homebuilding/Fine Woodworking Build Off. We're making built-in mudrooms.

Revealed: Whos Behind Those Superhuman Job-Site Videos

Revealed: Who's Behind Those Superhuman Job-Site Videos

You won't believe your eyes when you watch these latest videos from YouTube that show superhuman tricks on the job site. Also, find out who's behind these viral videos.

Making the Mona Lisa... with a Pneumatic Nailer

Making the Mona Lisa... with a Pneumatic Nailer

More superhuman job-site skills: This time, watch a guy make a mural with a pneumatic naiiler.

Bench Hooks for Small Trim Carpentry Projects

Bench Hooks for Small Trim Carpentry Projects

This pair of bench hooks gets a ton of use for cutting miters, square crosscuts and other random tasks with a handsaw or hand plane

IBS 2010: More Bang for Your Flush in Kohlers 1.28 gallon Toilet

IBS 2010: More Bang for Your Flush in Kohler's 1.28 gallon Toilet

With water conservation top of mind Kohler showed off its new 1.28 gallon one-piece toilet at the International Builders’ Show here in Las Vegas.

IBS 2010: Spray Insulation Rigs for the Rest of Us

IBS 2010: Spray Insulation Rigs for the Rest of Us

Looking to get into the spray insulation business but don't want the huge investment? Here's a new portable unit you might be interested in.

IBS 2010: Day One Round Up of New Tools and Products

IBS 2010: Day One Round Up of New Tools and Products

From entry-level spray foam applicators to a rainwater collection system to some smaller gadgets and accessories, here's what caught our eye at day one of IBS

IBS 2010: Stiletto to Introduce New Titanium Square and Knife

IBS 2010: Stiletto to Introduce New Titanium Square and Knife

The maker of high-end titanium hammers and prys shows off prototypes of its upcoming speed square and utility knife, due out later this year

IBS 2010: Were Taking Questions on New Tools and Products

IBS 2010: We're Taking Questions on New Tools and Products

We're headed to Vegas for the annual International Builders' Show. Before we jet off for warmer pastures, post your questions and we'll hit the show floor in search of an answer.

Another Way to Cross Cut 2x4s

Another Way to Cross Cut 2x4s

More job-site Kung Fu from YouTube for your entertainment only: the circular saw blade as throwing star.

Oceanfront Apartment Building to Become Part of Ocean

Oceanfront Apartment Building to Become Part of Ocean

Eroding cliffs along the California coastline near the sleepy town of Pacifica forces tenants to evacuate. Who's the wiseguy who thought this was a good place to build an apartment building anyway?

2009 in Review: 5 Best Home Building Videos

2009 in Review: 5 Best Home Building Videos

Watch the five most popular videos from Fine Homebuilding.com from the past year

Whatever Happened to the Radial-Arm Saw?

Whatever Happened to the Radial-Arm Saw?

Has the radial-arm saw, long used by carpenters and builders for crosscutting and more, gone extinct? It's the Best of Breaktime.

How to Prepare an Estimate for Home Repair or New Building Projects

How to Prepare an Estimate for Home Repair or New Building Projects

Borrow these great ideas for preparing an estimate from contractors and builders in the field and download a sample worksheet that simplifies the process. It's the Best of Breaktime.

Wooden Surfboard Made From 2x6s and Plywood

Wooden Surfboard Made From 2x6s and Plywood

A surfboard from building lumber? Check out one Breaktimer's photo essay detailing how to make a hollow-core wooden surfboard from 2x6s and plywood

Saying Goodbye to Norm Abram and his New Yankee Workshop

Saying Goodbye to Norm Abram and his New Yankee Workshop

The venerable PBS television host is ending his run after 21 seasons. Share your thoughts on the end of an era.

Great Moments in Building History: The (Almost) Complete Illustrated Archive

Great Moments in Building History: The (Almost) Complete Illustrated Archive

Fine Homebuilding's classic illustrated column is now available for free online. Catch up with this collection of hilarious and heart-warming stories from readers

NYTimes.com: Tainted Drywall from China Spurs Lawsuits

NYTimes.com: Tainted Drywall from China Spurs Lawsuits

The New York Times is reporting that thousands of homeowners in the U.S. are blaming drywall made in China for major health and safety issues

New Attic Insulation Pays Its Own Way

New Attic Insulation Pays Its Own Way

In preparation for the winter season, read about one energy efficiency upgrade that will pay for itself, according to our new Insulation Upgrade Payback Estimator

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Cedar Wood Shed

Cedar Wood Shed

I've been dreaming about a cedar shed to store my firewood for the Winter and finally got around to building one last year. I'm a woodworker, not a carpenter, so working in such a large scale...



Recent comments


Re: Easy Pick Up Trick for Spilt Screws

Thanks for the feedback MFournier. I guess we'll have to scrap that tip on how to push a broom :) In all seriousness though, a good portion of our audience is not professional (and not framers) so we try to serve all levels.

Re: Lunch Pail Podcast #1: What's the Difference Between a Trim Carpenter and a Fine Woodworker?

The replay video is now live. It took longer than expected to get the video digitized. Sorry for the delay!

Re: My hammer, a well traveled jewel.

Now that looks vintage, and a lot different than the new tools Stiletto was showing off at IBS this year... Thanks for sharing!

Re: Taking the pain out of homebuilding

I'm bias because my wife is a yoga teacher, but you'd be surprised what a little yoga can do to fix the pains of manual labor. I don't go to classes, but everytime I finish a project I wrap it up with some stretches to avoid sore bones the next day...

Re: It's the Biggest Swiss Army Knife Ever!

pushing the limits of the term "pocket knife"

Re: 2009 In Review: 5 Most Dangerous Home Building Videos

sorry, mike. link is back online.

Re: New to FineHomebuilding

Hi KBurton:

THere are a few ways you can solicit help from our community of experts. This post is a good start. I encourage you to can continue updating this post with photos of your project. We can use the comment section to post replies to your questions.

Alternatively, use your login to enter the Breaktime forum (link in the navigation) where you can ask and converse with the large and helpful forum community.

We look forward to following your project!

Re: Great Moments in Building History: The (Almost) Complete Illustrated Archive

Done MrTusat. I had thought we had them all. But I'll start digging around for the others so I can change the headline back to "complete" :)

Re: Stack Cutting Lumber

Thanks for the feedback Larry. For those readers interested, here's a link to the article Larry refers to in his comment below. It's available to FineHomebuilding.com members: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/articles/cutting-multiple-framing-members.aspx

Re: Cedar Wood Shed

Good point lizwh. If only I knew then what I know now... I'm going into the third winter with this without any noticeable movement but I would imagine I won't be so lucky forever. Perhaps the massive weight of this when loaded down with wood keeps it from sliding? I also dumped about two feet of gravel down before building the floor, not sure if that makes a difference?

Re: Help Me Steer FHB into the Future

We'll fix that link on Monday GTMTX. In the meantime, here it is: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/pages/fh_feat_onlex.asp

Re: UPDATED: Profile Photo Contest

I'm not eligible to win, but I'll go first. What about a Discovery-Channel-style video series on amazing homebuilding projects...

Re: Payback Estimator: Insulation Upgrade

Point taken, Mike, that this is only one piece of the puzzle when figuring out if an energy upgrade is worth the investment. Regarding the calculator: Although the DOE's equation doesn't adjust for inflation, it manages some of the risk in the underlying equation, which you can review with the link we provided. And, the rule of averages has to apply with a payback estimator like this. Obviously a leaky house isn't going to see the same savings as a well-sealed one even if all the data points are the same, and the calculator can't adjust for that.