November 7, 2013
If I don’t have a compass handy and need to draw a small arc or circle, I reach for a reciprocating-saw blade. As shown in the drawing above, I tack…
November 4, 2013
All-weather writing paper available in different sizes and patterns
May 16, 2013
Seasoned carpenters know that the best way to measure things is not to measure them at all. Instead of using a tape, a protractor, or some other measuring device, simply…
When I take measurements and then walk to another room to cut material to size, I keep track of my measurements by writing them on my tape measure’s case. The…
December 28, 2012
This slimmed-down chalk reel measures 4 in. long and 2 in. wide, and it’s 2 in. thick at its widest point (the handle)
January 19, 2012
For new carpenters, choosing a tool belt is the first step in being job-site ready. The next step is more difficult: choosing the tools to outfit the belt. In this…
Our crew really likes the Tajima chalk boxes, but at $20 to $30 apiece, they’re pretty pricey. When it comes right down to it, however, what we really like about…
June 6, 2011
Don't let your chalkline slip. Here's a tip for snapping diagonal lines on panels.
June 3, 2011
See how a quick snip out of a cracked measuring tape stops the split from spreading.
March 10, 2011
The little gadget shown in the drawing is a device I learned about many years ago when I was doing production door hanging. None of its dimensions are critical. I…
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