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The True Tale of a One-Tree House

The True Tale of a One-Tree House

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Nancy longed to build an in-law cottage but could never quite make the numbers work. Then one wild, dark night, good fortune arrived with a crash.

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Begin With the End in Mind: Shed Layout and Floor Framing

Begin With the End in Mind: Shed Layout and Floor Framing

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Layout considerations begin before the first board is cut or fastener is driven. Beginning with the end in mind will assure optimal results for your shed project.

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A Step Ahead to Build a Shed

A Step Ahead to Build a Shed

Being a step ahead in building a simple shed can help speed up the process. A SketchUp model can give you that step ahead by clarifying the planning, parts and procedure for a very basic yet functional backyard shed.

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Comprehensive List of Synthetic Decking Manufacturers

Comprehensive List of Synthetic Decking Manufacturers

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List of composite, capped, and PVC decking manufacturers

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A 3D Apprenticeship: Day Two

A 3D Apprenticeship: Day Two

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For an apprentice, building a set of sawhorses is a great way to learn use of basic tools to mark, measure and cut. It can teach a 3D modeller equally worthwhile skills. On "Day Two" of this three part series, learn how to make angled legs for simple sawhorses. (Sorry, I inserted the wrong video link when this post first went public. The correct "Day Two" video is linked now)

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Carpenters Introduction to 3D Modelling

Carpenter's Introduction to 3D Modelling

Are you intimidated by 3D modelling? Get past your initial hesitation and frustration by beginning with some basics. Begin your 3D apprenticeship by building a hundred horses.

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Claw Foot Bath Tub = Up Dated Bathroom

Claw Foot Bath Tub = Up Dated Bathroom

This remolded / updated bathroom started with the claw foot tub that my friend gave me. The claw foot tub was bigger than the old tub, so I had to redsign the bathroom (this is my house) in order to...

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Advanced vs Traditional Framing

Advanced vs Traditional Framing

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Advanced Framing isn't all that difficult and the benefits can be tremendous. In this video I'll show you a traditionally framed house and compare that to an Advanced Framed house.

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Framing a deck with a radius

Framing a deck with a radius

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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.

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The Super-Plywood Structure

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NYTimes article discusses a new type of plywood that takes the place of steel and concrete.

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Car Cathedral

Car Cathedral

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The "car cathedral" is a 20,000 sq. ft. timber frame structure that will house an amazing collection of muscle cars when completed.  This incredible barn, located outside of Houston, TX, is over 53...

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How To Save a Miscut Board From the Scrap Bin

How To Save a Miscut Board From the Scrap Bin

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"Measure twice, cut once" no longer applies once you learn this easy fix for a board that's been cut too short

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Mountain Porch Retreat

Mountain Porch Retreat

Our region has an extended outdoor season that the homeowners wanted to take full advantage of. The existing deck was not adequate for hosting large parties and had no covered space for protection...

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Glass Rail over Trex Deck

Glass Rail over Trex Deck

I recently built the pictured deck and rail using the Rail Simple Clearview system over a Trex Transcend Treehouse deck.  The clients wanted a see-through deck rail and at first wanted a cable...

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Framing a dropped coffer ceiling

Framing a dropped coffer ceiling

This will have a "suspended" or "droped" coffer that has the same curve as the barreled ceiling when completed. The ceiling above will be wood with rope lighting. More pictures to come!

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stair fix

stair fix

Stair landing fix.

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New Stair Railing

New Stair Railing

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This is a over-the-post design handrail. All parts, even the newel posts are bolted together.

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Building Decks: Material Choices and Framing Details

Building Decks: Material Choices and Framing Details

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Whether you're still trying to decide between composite decking, cedar, and hardwood, or if you're ready to fasten the first ledger board to your house, these chapters will help you get started.

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Paneled Hallway with Window Seats

Paneled Hallway with Window Seats

The windows were custom made Mahogany. Each window seat has a small book case painted white and topped in Mahogany.

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Hammerbeam timberframe

Hammerbeam timberframe

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I was subbing out to a local builder  he had plan for this barn but had no timber frame drawings . i drew these plans and taught and worked with  his    talented crew to build...

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