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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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Top 10 Tips for Wall Framing Layout on a New Subfloor

Top 10 Tips for Wall Framing Layout on a New Subfloor

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Framer Scott Grice and veteran builder Larry Haun hash out the the best way to measure and mark wall framing for a new Habitat for Humanity house.

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Cheat Sheet for SketchUp: a Quick-Start Guide for 3D Modeling

Cheat Sheet for SketchUp: a Quick-Start Guide for 3D Modeling

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At first blush a digital 3D model can be intimidating and seem useless. With a little insight, however, a digital format offers some clear advantages over the tried and true models many of us have created over the years with nothing more than cardboard, tape and a utility knife. Watch the two video tutorials below for some insight into the advantages SketchUp has to offer...

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Hip to be Square: Pythagoras in the Digital Age

Hip to be Square: Pythagoras in the Digital Age

Considering all the whiz-bang capabilities SketchUp has to offer, it's easy to overlook how helpful it can be for basic tasks. This episode shows how to calculate accurate (extremely precise, actually) square-up dimensions for any type of layout work with the "Cliculator".

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Steps in the Right Direction:  Use SketchUps Tools for Stairbuilding Plans

Steps in the Right Direction: Use SketchUp's Tools for Stairbuilding Plans

The staircase model created in the Stairmathter blog post gets filled in with more details and components to calculate meaningful dimensions for code compliance and finish features

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Stairmathter: Use SketchUp to Master the Math for Stairbuilding

Stairmathter: Use SketchUp to Master the Math for Stairbuilding

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Create a digital layout using jobsite dimensions and let SketchUp do the math to calculate cutting dimensions and angles for stair stringers accounting for finish floor thicknesses and other pertinent information.

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Blueprint-Reading Basics: How to Navigate a Set of House Plans

Blueprint-Reading Basics: How to Navigate a Set of House Plans

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Construction documents are usually more organized than they look. Learn some common symbols and drawing types that will help you find what you're looking for when you pick up a set of plans.

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Digitile: Use a SketchUp Model to Layout, Estimate, and Build a Takeoff List for a Tiling-Job

Digitile: Use a SketchUp Model to Layout, Estimate, and Build a Takeoff List for a Tiling-Job

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No, digitile is not a typo for digital, its just my (lame?) title for using digital tools to layout, plan, and quantity of materials for a recent floor tile project. Here I give a brief overview of the process I used... see what you think.

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Door butt gauge

Door butt gauge

For accuracy and speed when hanging doors from scratch, I use a butt gauge (see drawing) that I made out of 1-in. aluminum angle stock. Bending one leg of the angle over 90° just 1/8 in. down...

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Bosch Wall Scanner Available February 1st

Bosch Wall Scanner Available February 1st

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The new wall scanner by Bosch should be available in stores starting Feb. 1st

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Calling All Tool Experts: Can you name this tool?

Calling All Tool Experts: Can you name this tool?

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Identify this tool and tell us how to use it for a chance to be published in the magazine.

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How to Draw An Arc When Framing an Arched Doorway

How to Draw An Arc When Framing an Arched Doorway

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Cut perfect plywood arcs to frame curved window or door rough openings. All you need is a tape measure, a pencil, and these simple layout tips.

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How to Drill Level Holes In a Fence Post: Drill-Bit Plumb Bob

How to Drill Level Holes In a Fence Post: Drill-Bit Plumb Bob

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Learn an ingenious trick for leveling your drill bit when boring horizontally through a thick piece of wood.

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BUILDING SKILLS: How to Scribe Beadboard Wainscot Around Window Trim

BUILDING SKILLS: How to Scribe Beadboard Wainscot Around Window Trim

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Fitting complex joints in trim and paneling can be easier than it looks if you have a few simple tools.

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BUILDING SKILLS: How to Scribe Trim to Fit Against a Wall

BUILDING SKILLS: How to Scribe Trim to Fit Against a Wall

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A pencil and a scrap of wood are all the tools you need to mark molding before cutting it to fit flush with an uneven surface.

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Handy little nailset

Handy little nailset

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This review was emailed to me by a long-time Fine Homebuilding tipster Don Mathis: Any old fool can drive nails under good conditions, but in hard to reach places (like hardwood tongue & groove...

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Use SketchUp to create a 3D framing model

Use SketchUp to create a 3D framing model

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These short video clips show how you can quickly create a 3D model of a simple framed structure. See how to use some basic SketchUp functions and features to plan a project.

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Make a Kinked Tape Measure Last Longer

Make a Kinked Tape Measure Last Longer

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See how a quick snip out of a cracked measuring tape stops the split from spreading.

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BUILDING SKILLS: Wall Framing Layout

BUILDING SKILLS: Wall Framing Layout

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Remodeler and Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink shows us a straightforward way to measure and mark your plates before framing a wall.

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