September 1, 1989
One day when I was an apprentice, I was complaining about having to hand-carry some solid-core doors down a long corridor. The superintendent, an old carpenter, looked at me with…
Here's a fast, accurate method that I use for locating the centerpoints for door latch and dead-bolt mortises. First I center a hole for a 6d nail in the end…
July 1, 1989
Should you buy a kit or build your own?
May 1, 1989
I had to drill holes for deadbolt locks in some steel doors that had foam cores, and I almost destroyed the first couple of doors using a standard hole saw…
Time-saving techniques from the tracts.
January 1, 1989
Using a layout rod and shaper joinery to build outward-swinging windows with divided-light sashes and insulated glass.
Whenever I'm hanging a door with wood jambs, I use a chisel or utility knife to lift a small sliver in the center of the head jamb. Then I use…
November 1, 1988
Whenever I have to hang a door -- especially a heavy one -- I get an assist from a 1-ft. long piece of 1/2-in. EMT (electrical metallic tubing). A piece…
March 1, 1988
Carpenters mix compound curves to build a bow window topped by an eyebrow roof.
November 1, 1987
When I was remodeling a house built in the 1920s, I made the decision to replace all of the leaky, double-hung sash with new windows. My new aluminum windows came…
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