Issue 293 – Aug/Sept 2020
Installing Frameless Cabinets
Full overlay doors and tight reveals means everything has to be perfect, even if the space is not.
Make Any Tablesaw Safer
A variety of site-made and store-bought accessories increase cut quality and decrease chance of injury.
Uncommon design goals inform the organization of this multivolume home.
Repointing a Brick Chimney
Extend your chimney's life by fixing leaky, crumbling mortar joints.
Create a Dry Space Under Your Deck
See 4 options for redirecting rainwater so that you can create storage or living spaces below an elevated porch or deck.
Rustic Oak Brackets
Learn how to use rough-sawn timbers and traditional joinery to fabricate sturdy, beautiful supports for a cantilevered kitchen island countertop.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #293 Online Highlights
Here are the digital extras from Fine Homebuilding’s July 2020, Issue #293: On page 8 of issue #293, we featured a number of online extras and urged readers to check…
Simple Technique for Round Corners
Use a Forstner bit to easily cut radiused corners when mortising locksets.
Temporary Trash Can
Rolled-up cardboard floor protection makes a handy trash-bag holder on the job site.
Towel-Holder Tape Dispenser
A paper-towel holder conveniently stores a variety of construction tapes.
A sawblade and locking pliers make an improvised tool for cutting drywall.
Clear Concrete Holes
A bulb-style syringe battery filler is an inexpensive and effective way to clear dust and debris from holes in concrete and masonry.
Tighten Loose Screws
A wooden chopstick makes a handy plug for a stripped-out screw hole.
Tips & Techniques
A Mess by Design: Intentionally Restricted Plumbing
When following the code causes a disruption or a drip, it's helping to avoid bigger problems down the road.
Know the Code
This four-in-one workbench is a useful dolly, a sturdy scaffold, a clever job-site organizer, and so much more.
Compact Cordless Work Light
The Milwaukee 12v Rover has convenient features for carrying, mounting, and directing the light where you need it.
Durable, Comfortable Kneepads
ProKnee custom-fit kneepads offer comfortable, durable protection for all-day work.
Tools & Gear
Texas Homestead Revived
Builder/designer Richard Laughlin shores up a sagging 1800s farmhouse and uses salvaged materials to enhance its rustic character.
Stretching a Limited Supply of Brick
Removing a poorly designed addition for this home renovation meant reusing the color-matched brick in the most highly visible areas.
Building for a Benchmark
Turning challenges into opportunities, TC Legend Homes secures Built Green certification for this new build in Seattle.
HOUSES by Design
Custom-matched lighting controls, electrical receptacles, and more keep fixtures hidden in plain sight.
Weatherproof Laminated Lumber
These pressure-treated engineered beams for exterior use open up options for decks and other outdoor framing.
Copper Rain Chain
This alternative to a traditional downspout is also a notable design statement.
Paint That Cleans Itself
This exterior acrylic paint promotes water-beading to let dirt roll off without having to manually wash surfaces.
Air-Vent Focal Point
Decorative intake grilles and ventilation registers offer airflow without compromising aesthetics.
Adjustable Drain Pipes
Insta-Plumb fittings use the same concept as push-connect fittings, and offer some handy perks.
Caulking and Caring, Taping and Trying
One builder's solution for making sure waterproofing and air-sealing are done right is to have a dedicated crew member oversee quality control.
Keep Craft Alive: Nick Schiffer, Builder and Business Owner
This builder's committed focus on craftsmanship and quality leads to work of the highest standards.