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messy shop - still putting it together

messy shop - still putting it together

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We are a military family, having saved up and purchased some land in the mountains of NC where we would like to "retire" to one day.  Last summer we constructed the carriage house on the property...

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Master Carpenter Video: How To Fit Inset Cabinet Doors

Master Carpenter Video: How To Fit Inset Cabinet Doors

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Fine Homebuilding goes on the road to learn the ins and outs of what it means to be a master carpenter

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Sneak Peek: Building the carriage doors in the shop

Sneak Peek: Building the carriage doors in the shop

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Here, the doors are still being assembled. They're now completed and in place, so stay tuned for a full article about their construction and installation.

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Justin Fink and Chuck Bickford thinking about a door

Justin Fink and Chuck Bickford thinking about a door

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Justin built these carriage doors in the woodshop.

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How to Trim a Hollow-Core Door to Height

How to Trim a Hollow-Core Door to Height

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Builder Rick Arnold demonstrates how to make a clean cut and how to add blocking to fill the hole you've just made in the bottom of the hollow door.

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Simple Steps for Window- and Door-Framing Layout

Simple Steps for Window- and Door-Framing Layout

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Learn a few measuring shortcuts that make accurate rough-opening layouts a snap

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How to Keep Dangerous Garage Fumes Out of the House

How to Keep Dangerous Garage Fumes Out of the House

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An attached garage saves money and materials during construction, but it also makes it tougher to maintain high indoor air quality. Are there solutions to the problem?

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Door-trimming jig

Door-trimming jig

The hinge side of a door must be trimmed to width at 90°. The latch side is usually trimmed at 5° off vertical for a beveled edge. Making these long cuts straight and smooth is easy with this...

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Sill seal

Sill seal

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I came up with a solution for weatherstripping a door bottom where a thick rug prevents a spring-loaded bottom sweep from retracting. I used a length of vinyl bulb weatherstripping, intended for a...

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Easy door buck

Easy door buck

Building a door buck (FHB #8, p.35) is a good idea if you find yourself dealing with a house full of door hanging from scratch, but for a quick setup, the answer is right in your toolbox. I use two...

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Frictionless hinge

Frictionless hinge

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For me, the most .frustrating part of making and installing a heavy, handmade entry door has been finding the right hinges. Even with a good set of heavy butts, the hinge barrels begin to grind down...

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Hinge-mortising jig

Hinge-mortising jig

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I use a router and a jig to mortise hinges in doors and casement windows. By using a 1/2-in. diameter hinge-mortising bit and a standard round-cornered hinge, I achieve a consistently clean fit that...

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Radiused window casings

Radiused window casings

Recently, while building a half-circle window, I needed a way to make the casing and interior stops. Instead of transferring the curves from templates onto the stock and then joining these pieces, I...

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Offset jig

Offset jig

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Whenever I install door or window casings, I use the jig shown here to make sure that I get an accurate 1/4-in. reveal. It's made of two square pieces of hardwood, 1/4 in. thick, that are glued...

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Installing a new threshold

Installing a new threshold

It's important for a door to fit snugly against its new vinyl-gasket threshold, particularly if the system you're using doesn't include a door-bottom sweep. But fitting an old door with one means...

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Holding a level plumb

Holding a level plumb

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I use a 6-1/2-ft. spirit level to plumb and straighten interior door jambs. In order to leave both hands free to handle the shims and to drive nails, I wedge the level against one of the jambs to...

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Plumb-bob anchor

Plumb-bob anchor

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Whenever I'm hanging a door with wood jambs, I use a chisel or utility knife to lift a small sliver in the center of the head jamb. Then I use it to anchor the string on my plumb line, as shown...

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Drilling foam-core steel doors

Drilling foam-core steel doors

I had to drill holes for deadbolt locks in some steel doors that had foam cores, and I almost destroyed the first couple of doors using a standard hole saw because the 1/4-in. pilot bit would wander...

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Locating latches

Locating latches

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Here's a fast, accurate method that I use for locating the centerpoints for door latch and dead-bolt mortises. First I center a hole for a 6d nail in the end of a short piece of dowel (a 1-in. dia...

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Better backing for doors

Better backing for doors

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If you think about how most doors are mounted to most jambs and visualize the relationship of hinge-to-door and hinge-to-jamb, you may see some room for improvement. Standard butt hinges, heavyduty...

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