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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…
March 7, 2011
Aline-Sets are great gauge blocks for any straightening and aligning process that involves stretching a string.
January 24, 2011
An affordable laser that covers 360°
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