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When imperfect is ideal--a recipe for spalted kitchen cabinets

When imperfect is ideal--a recipe for spalted kitchen cabinets

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With a few key ingredients (and a shop full of woodworking tools) you too can create your own spalted kitchen cabinets just like Fine Homebuilding’s September 2010 back cover contributor Geoff Alexander*. If you think this might be the perfect recipe for your own kitchen be forewarned--you’ll need to get started ASAP. The first four ingredients need to “marinate” for a long, long, long time. Alexander began cooking up the recipe for his unique cabinetry way back in 1993—and that’s not including the time it took to grow the bay laurel trees!

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Is your vac compliant with EPA lead regs? (hint: who knows...)

Is your vac compliant with EPA lead regs? (hint: who knows...)

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So, by now we all know about the strict lead regulations being handed down by the EPA (if you don't know, you aren't visiting www.finehomebuilding.com nearly as often as most doctor's would...

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NEW GARAGE FACE

NEW GARAGE FACE

STREET APPEAL I DO NOT HAVE ANY BEFORE PICTURES OF THE HOUSE, BUT IT LOOKED RATHER PLAIN FROM THE STREET WITH A 2X8 ON EDGE WRAPPED IN  COLOURED METAL TRIM AROUND THE GARAGE DOOR...

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Deck on the Lake

Deck on the Lake

This project included a multilevel deck with a watertight and finished area below. The aluminum rail was chosen to allow for a clean view and the decking was Azek  

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Remodeling an Existing Porch and Deck area

Remodeling an Existing Porch and Deck area

With this project we made some structural modifications and re-used the roof and floor framing. We re nalied everything and added joist hangers etc We removed the upper deck on left and built a new...

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Notes from the Pacific Coast Builders Show

Notes from the Pacific Coast Builders Show

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A look at the show's best and worst offerings

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Nifty Drywall Patch

Nifty Drywall Patch

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This video combines two tips into one - first, a quick way to make an access hole in drywall, and then an ingenious way to close it back up.

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Victorian (Queen Ann) Style Curved Porch {Mangaris}

Victorian (Queen Ann) Style Curved Porch {Mangaris}

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Hi. My name is Cliff Audet and I wanted to enter this porch that my crew and I built for my own house. The old porch was rotten beyond repair, so when we replaced it using the same details, we added...

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Trellis Envy

Trellis Envy

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This is the replacement for a little white 2X tract home trellis that was rotting in the rear yard when we bought this home.  It's admittedly a bit larger in scope, however. I've got a zinfandel...

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After Shock: A Moldy Crawlspace Nightmare Part 2

After Shock: A Moldy Crawlspace Nightmare Part 2

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After the initial shock of finding so much deterioration of the wood in this crawlspace, its time to plan repairs.

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SketchUp for Builders and Remodelers: Build a Virtual Lumber Yard

SketchUp for Builders and Remodelers: Build a Virtual Lumber Yard

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Remodeler Matt Jackson introduces SketchUp — the easy-to-use free 3D drawing software from Google — as a great tool for planning and selling small construction projects.

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Snake Wires With a Tape Measure

Snake Wires With a Tape Measure

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Snake wires with a tape measure When upgrading the electrical outlets in my kitchen I needed to pull a wire from the bottom of the wall into the attic. As shown in the drawing (location), I used an...

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Great Reuse of Spent Fein Tool Blades

Great Reuse of Spent Fein Tool Blades

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As a remodeler nearly all of our work is in homes that have lath and plaster walls and the biggest challenge is making new openings in old lath and plaster walls.  Unlike sheetrock, plaster...

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Save Spray Foam

Save Spray Foam

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Don't throw away half-full cans of spay foam. Save them for later use with this tip.

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Fine Homebuilding Live Seminar

Fine Homebuilding Live Seminar

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Watch three Fine Homebuilding authors demonstrate essential building techniques for efficient framing, drywall and, siding techniques.

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10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills

10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills

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Modeled on the ‘food pyramid,’ the conservation pyramid provides a step-by-step guide for energy retrofit work

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Bookcase for a Not So Big Office

Bookcase for a Not So Big Office

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For a very small office, I installed a horizontal bookcase at the top of the wall to provide more usable space.

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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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Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved?

Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved?

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To repair or replace the windows on your antique home? Before you make your final decision, read the article by Rob Yagid.

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adding a living room and deck

adding a living room and deck

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Our little house was only 435 sqare feet after the living room was added it is 800 square feet with a great deck out the front My tip is don't start redoing your house in the winter LOL With thanks...

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