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Gift Guide for Builders

Gift Guide for Builders

Here's a few gifts for the Builder on your list. $10-$$$$. All approved and used by Matt Risinger.

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Make Accurate Inside-Corner Measurements on Mitered Cuts

Make Accurate Inside-Corner Measurements on Mitered Cuts

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If you need to measure a mitered piece of trim from the short point, you could try to hook the end of your tape to a very difficult purchase point and hope to get an accurate measurement, but there's a better way.

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Make a Tape-Measure Note Pad

Make a Tape-Measure Note Pad

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If you are in the habit of marking your measurements on the side of your tape measure you could just buy a sticky pad and be done with it, but there's a better way.

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Lay Out Accurate Stair Stringers with this Custom Tool

Lay Out Accurate Stair Stringers with this Custom Tool

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If you're framing a staircase, you could hope that the stair gauges on your framing square bear against the edge of a nice straight board, but they might not—in that case there's a better way.

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A New Stringline

A New Stringline

Have you ever gone to wind up your stringline on the spool that comes from the store, or a job-site-made one, only to end up with a 100' of tangled mess due to the braided nature of the string...

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The leveller

The leveller

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I needed to level off an area around a driveway entrance. I was installing sliding gates and the rail the gate was to slide on. So this is my low-tech solution. Cut a few lengths of steel pipe...

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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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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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Use a Common Job-Site Tool as a Quick Rip Guide

Use a Common Job-Site Tool as a Quick Rip Guide

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If you need to make a quick rip on a piece of lumber, you could hunt around for your tablesaw, but there's a better way.

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Is Your Future Sketchy?

Is Your Future Sketchy?

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A New Year's resolution to learn how to use SketchUp for tackling project plans and design might be just the motivation needed to make your future a little less sketchy.

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Cool Tools

Cool Tools

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If you love tools, you'll find a lot to like on this site. Its reviews include tools that are wildly inventive, odd, hard to find and, occasionally, hard to imagine.

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Paint Scheme-ing with SketchUp

Paint Scheme-ing with SketchUp

What wall gets an accent color? Where should a contrasting stripe go? What color combination works best in a space? Use SketchUp for quick answers to these important questions before dipping a brush.

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Accurately Cut Miter Angles Without Using Measuring Tools

Accurately Cut Miter Angles Without Using Measuring Tools

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If you need to measure an angle that's other than 90 degrees, you could hunt around for your protractor, but there's a better way

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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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Model and Measure: De-Mystifying Hip Roof Framing by Measuring in SketchUp

Model and Measure: De-Mystifying Hip Roof Framing by Measuring in SketchUp

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Measuring a modeled hip roof is a foolproof way to measure all the rafters for a complete hip roof. This third of 3 parts shows the process to obtain perfect measurements for rafter layout.

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Locate Your Building on a Plot Plan with SketchUp

Locate Your Building on a Plot Plan with SketchUp

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With the challenges of setbacks, easements, drainage planning, and other code compliance issues, it's important to get the location for a structure properly on the lot. Google's free 3-D modeling software has some features that make drawing a plot plan a snap.

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How to Avoid Complicated Fractions When Measuring a Workpiece

How to Avoid Complicated Fractions When Measuring a Workpiece

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If you need to divide a piece of wood by some inconvenient fractional number like 11/64, you could do some complicated math in your head, but there's a better way.

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Simplify Rafter-Pattern-Layout Math with Google SketchUp

Simplify Rafter-Pattern-Layout Math with Google SketchUp

SketchUp can be a useful option for layout and planning for cutting rafters. Check out this process for doing the math and see if it fits into your "bag-o-tricks" for carpentry or design projects.

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Improved department means a road trip!

Improved department means a road trip!

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.

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