Router Tricks for Trim
Armed with two routers and three bits, an experienced carpenter shares five problem-solving tips for trim, cabinets, doors, and stairs.
Install Your Own Seamless Gutters
Looking to save money? Have custom lengths of aluminum gutters rolled out on site, and get out the ladders.
Stop Drafts with a Drop-Down Door Seal
This hidden mechanism retracts when the door is open and eliminates the need for a bulky threshold.
A Brick Rehab Meets LEED's Highest Standards
Solar panels aside, you can’t see the upgrades that make this downtown remodel so energy efficient.
Why Pay More for Paint?
Because the binders, pigments, and additives that make long-lasting, durable finishes don’t come cheap.
Tool Test: Laser Measures
Handheld laser measuring tools are more affordable than ever, but are they accurate enough to replace a tape measure?
Durable Deck Stairs
Ipé decking covers beefed-up stringers and a newel-post assembly that won’t rack.
Proper Paint Preparation
Click before you dip. For a quality paint job, the first thing you need to do is consult our collection of tips and advice from the pros.
Master Class Video Series: Running Baseboard
Learn the Ins and Outs of running baseboard in this video series.
Job-Site Router Techniques
Gary Striegler shares the skills—and the tools—that make better site-built cabinetry, casing, brackets, and flooring
Use of home-energy rating index grows
HERS Index allows more latitude for recognizing reductions in energy consumption
A new home in half the time
Study results: Structural insulated panels win out over conventional framing
The perfect circular saw?
Fuego 6 1⁄2-in. Compact Circular Saw
Solar panels disguised as skylights
Solar water-heating system
Spinning screed for concrete finishing
The Spin Screed system offers ease and convenience for a tedious job.
Tools & Materials
Reader Feedback: Issue 198, October/November 2008
A Not So Big anniversary It has been 10 years since The Taunton Press first published architect Sarah Susanka’s book The Not So Big House, the company’s best-selling book of…
Traditional Trim for Timeless Style
Few design details can match the impact of well-crafted casing, crown, or wainscot
What's the Difference: Metal-twist drill bits
High-speed steel, black oxide, titanium, or cobalt
What is the Difference
Cutting with a Worm-Drive Saw
The secret to making accurate cuts while preventing kickback is letting the saw do half the work.
Cutting and Bending Curved Floor Parts
Whether you achieve your curve with a saw or by lamination, a homemade template and jig ensure a tight fit.
Bells are Ringing
Great moments in building history: The installation of a new wheel for a church's bell tower gets somewhat complicated
In plain sight
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working with a team that built an award-winning private golf clubhouse and spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. A seasoned crew of old…
Designing Doors for Large Openings
Custom sliding, swinging, and overhead doors reinforce a house's architectural style and invite the outdoors in.
Handheld laser measuring tools
Laser measures do the math for you. Can your tape measure do that?
Using a Worm-Drive Saw
Know where to put your hands and use this heavy saw's weight to your advantage
Creating Curved Flooring
Use a jigsaw and a router to cut the shape and laminate the thinner strips for a decorative accent
There's a Better Way: Tool-Belt Pencil Sharpener
A tip for when the point is to have a sharp pencil on hand
Prompt Power-Cord Polarity
A simple square of tape saves time and aggravation.
There's a Better Way: Working With Tough, Sticky Tape
A single-edge razor tucked into the roll keeps you from tearing your hair out
There's a Better Way: Stud Finder On a Chain
Locate studs easily with a simple magnet and chain device
Video Vault: Coping Inside Corners
Finish carpenter Tucker Windover demonstrates how to achieve a perfect inside corner when running baseboard.
Video Vault: Mitering Outside Baseboard Corners
Once you've coped the inside corner to make a perfect joint, it's time to fit, measure, and place the outside corner.
Video Vault: Locating Studs for Baseboard Installation
The trim won't hold up if there's nothing behind it. Tucker Windover shares his method for finding studs.
Video Vault: Preparing a Room for Baseboard
A pro explains how he ensures trim will run square to the floor with joints that are clean and tight before the work even begins