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ORIENTAL GARDEN PERGOLA

ORIENTAL GARDEN PERGOLA

Fascinated by the oriental architecture I decided to design my own pergola. Using the curves and fan shapes so commonly seen in China I designed and constructed this challenging projectnbsp...

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BUILDING SKILLS: Cutting a Door

BUILDING SKILLS: Cutting a Door

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Building Skills: Seasoned builder Mike Guertin shows a simple way to make a clean, straight cut when trimming a door to height.

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Accurate marks on any material

Accurate marks on any material

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On some materials - glass, tile, metal, and PVC for instance - a carpenters pencil just won't cut it. Here are your options for leaving a mark on those hard-to-write surfaces

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Postcard from Providence

Postcard from Providence

Notes from the 2010 JLC Live show in Providence, Rhode Island

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Clapboard Market by Stanley Pat. July 6. 1886 aka bacon saver

Clapboard Market by Stanley Pat. July 6. 1886 aka "bacon saver"

This favorite simple but precise tool by Stanley was patented over a century ago. Simply extend the clapboard in place beyond the corner trim, wack the wood handle and a precise length is provided by...

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Teach an Old low end Table saw, New life in high end use.

Teach an Old low end Table saw, New life in high end use.

For those that have the old Table lower end Table Saw, make it work for you again. I got this Hand-me-down ruff construction Table Saw from my father-in-law, he had just spent almost $2000 on a new...

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Border French Necaise Woodworking & Carpentry

Border French Necaise Woodworking & Carpentry

Border French Necaise Woodworking & Carpentry was founded upon the dreams and experience of do it yourself home Craftmans, creating, designing. building their own kitchen and bathroom...

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Milwaukee launches (another) new tool category - HVAC and Electrical?

Milwaukee launches (another) new tool category - HVAC and Electrical?

Milwaukee introduces a line of electrical, HVAC, and other mechanical testing equipment. Category to include, among other things, laser temp-gun, fork meter, digital multimeter, non-contact voltage tester, and clamp-gun meter.

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The no-swear approach to cutting crown molding

The no-swear approach to cutting crown molding

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I once had a “Do-It-Yourself” type of customer who was remodeling his kitchen and had refinished the floors, installed face-frame cabinets, and set a laminate countertop. But when it came...

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Keauhou mauka replacement deck

Keauhou mauka replacement deck

The finished replacement utility area/garden deck.  Note new, ABS plastic drain vent on wall behind reinstalled utility sink.  New, capped hollow tile wall protects deck and serves as low...

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Ipe` and Fypon with view by God

Ipe` and Fypon with view by God

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This was my first time using Ipe~ decking or Fypon railing. I made a trip to the Fypon Factory first to assure myself that it was indeed all that it was purported to be and came away impressed with...

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Use the Metric System on Your Next Complex Project

Use the Metric System on Your Next Complex Project

Lumber is sized and sold based on the English system, so it makes sense to build with an English tape measure—most of the time. However, when I’m doing a framing project...

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Kitchen Rennovations in Memphis, TN

Kitchen Rennovations in Memphis, TN

Complete Kitchen Rennovation - Cottage Look

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Extreme Shower Makeover

Extreme Shower Makeover

This bathroom started off as a dated tile shower in need of a new face.  This was the only bathroom in the house that could handle this type of shower.  The bathroom was only 6x8nbsp...

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Covered Deck

Covered Deck

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I built this deck on our house during the summer of 2008.  I had help from family and friends, but the bulk of the work was done on my own.  The framing for the deck is pressuretreated...

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Call for Entries: Dead Tools Walkin'

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What's happening to the millions of home building tools that aren't in use now that the housing industry has come to a near halt?"

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Mortise and Tenon, custom turned and carved mahogany deck railing (no fasteners used)

Mortise and Tenon, custom turned and carved mahogany deck railing (no fasteners used)

This railing was built in the fall of 2005 to replace a rotted railing on an existing fir deck. The client was planning on doing an ipe or maranti deck in the near future but needed to replace the...

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Mantel-making

Mantel-making

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Here are a few shots of a mantel that I made. Some moldings are custom, some are stock millwork at the local home center. Unfortunately, I didn't snap any photos once I added the top shelf and...

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Stud finder on a Chain

Stud finder on a Chain

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Rare-earth magnet is a better stud finder

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One editor's Christmas List

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When carpentry is no longer your day job but a way to supplement the day job, buying the tools you really want isn’t so easily justified. On that note, if anyone out there feels like playing Santa Claus (except the tool companies—or their respective PR representatives—listed below), feel free to send me any or all of the items on my list.

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