July 1, 1984
When I build stick-framed walls, I precut a portion of the sole plate where it has to be removed for doorways. I use my skillsaw to make kerfs about 3/4…
An old carpenter once advised me not to use nails in the area 12 in. to 24 in. above the sole (bottom) plate at places such as built-up corners, trimmers,…
March 1, 1984
With production techniques and the right materials, a solid, squeakless floor is a day's work.
November 1, 1983
The wind can blow up to 100 miles an hour where we live on the Oregon coast, so it's mighty important for a roof to be tied firmly to its foundation.…
September 1, 1983
About 15 years ago, I started using a toenailing trick that makes it easy to start the nail without its slipping. I put the nailhead where I want to toenail,…
Systems for labeling the timbers and adjusting the joinery keep the frame plumb and true despite variations in dimensions.
July 1, 1983
An alternative to conventional framing takes advantage of normally wasted space.
January 1, 1983
Learning this traditional method begins with the mortise-and-tenon joint.
How to combine a deck with a roof that won't leak.
November 1, 1982
Raising an exterior wall on a second story can be awkward. Here are two tips to make this operation safer. Nail 12-in. 2x4s every 4 ft. to the outside edge…
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