A Small-Shop Survival Guide
With mobile machines, smart storage, and ample lighting and power, even a one-car garage can be a first-rate workshop.
The Quest for a Quiet Room
Successful sound control requires a basic understanding of acoustics, the right materials, and attention to detail.
A Classic Finish for a New Wood Floor
Layering stain, shellac, glaze, and polyurethane creates a gorgeous look with an old-style feel.
Installing a Flue-Top Damper
A rooftop model keeps rain outside and conditioned air inside.
The Secrets Behind Hidden Doors
Trim placement and special hardware make possible the tight tolerances that eliminate telltale gaps.
The Mold Explosion: Why Now?
Today's houses make it easier for mold to thrive. The cure is quick cleanup and smarter choices in materials.
Maximum Suite With Minimum Fuss
A clever floor plan yields separate baths, a steam shower, and a laundry room, all without breaking a tight budget.
Laser Levels: Bet You Can't Buy Just One
Combining the capabilities of dot, line, and rotary lasers will send your other layout tools into retirement.
Straight-Ahead Corner Hutch
A one-piece face frame means you can tackle this project in a day.
6 Ways to Stiffen a Bouncy Floor
Solid options for reducing joist deflection include added blocking, sistered joists, built-up beams, and more.
Tools & Materials
Reader Feedback: Issue 184 December 2006/January 2007
The future of magazines In the back of this magazine, you will not find an annual index—something we’ve included in every other December/January issue for the past 18 years. Devoting…
Replacing a Door Threshold
Learn how to make and fine-tune the template, then measure, cut, and replace the threshold like a pro.
The drop-off zone
More than a closet but less than a mudroom, a drop-off zone is a good idea for today's busy families who need to keep track of and charge the numerous…
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