Memphis, TN, US

I am an Architect and have been a Fine homebuilding subscriber for many years. I am a do-it yourselfer, and also dabble in woodworking.

Recent comments

Re: Name This Detail

My 1998 copy of the "Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture", by Ernest Burden, published by McGraw-Hill offers the following:
-Crenel: The open spaces between the members of a battlement, producing a pattern of repeated and identical indentations.

-Crenellation: A pattern of repeated depressed openings in a fortification parapet wall.

-Crest Tile: Tile which fits like a saddle on the ridge of a roof.

So, many of you are dead on. so, it appears to be Ornamental Crenellated Roof Cresting.

Re: UPDATE: Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand -- And the Winner is...

My current setup consists of a DeWalt compound miter saw (non-sliding) on a metal shelving unit in the center against a long wall. It has served my purposes fairly well, but could certainly be more user-friendly. Since it doesn't have sliding support extensions, I use a free-standing roller assembly on one or both ends to suport long pieces and slide the shelving unit out to accommodate them. Therefore, the stand is pretty crude.

From a saw perspective, it is difficult to change the miter settings with the control on the back of the saw. The angle settings are effortless and the pre-set detents work well.

After watching your video of this new saw, it is awesome! I love how easy it is to set up and use. I want one.

Additonally, I think the perfect miter saw stand would definitely be portable because there have been numerous occasions to use it outside the shop. The stand needs to be be lightweight and durable, preferably aluminum and be sturdy when deployed, maintaining the accuracy of the factory settings. I think 8" or larger diameter wheels would be nice for ease of navigating rougher terrains when transporting to and from jobsites. Perhaps the wheels would fold flat like on some of the those travel-style 2-wheel dollies when not being used. The stand should set up quickly and also be able to fit through standard door openings with the saw mounted.

Re: Saying Goodbye to Norm Abram and his New Yankee Workshop

Wow! We all knew this day would eventually come, but now that it has arrived, it is a bitter pill to swallow. Having followed the program for all of its 21 years, I have learned much from Norm, and consider him my mentor even though I have not been fortunate enough to meet him in person. Between New Yankee Workshop and This Old House, I have learned many lessons in the construction and woodworking trades. Thank you Norm, Russell and WGBH Boston for the GREAT run.

I look forward to the re-runs in syndication.