January 19, 2012
In this "Master Carpenter" column, architectural finisher and furniture restorer Peter Gedrys explains the process he used for applying a French polish to a set of mahogany handrails. He began…
November 10, 2011
Raised MDF panels and stock moldings bring this elegant trim detail to the rest of the house.
July 14, 2011
Carefully planned skirts and a couple of tricks make trimming stairs an easier job, no matter how bad the framing.
March 10, 2011
Freestanding curved stairs are a masterful display of building prowess. After St. Louis builder Joe Hawkins built a set of these stairs for a client, he decided to use the…
March 11, 2010
An L-shaped staircase is less complicated than you might think, and the framing techniques shown here will improve even the most basic set of stairs.
March 5, 2009
Don’t even think about tackling these space-saving stairs without a full-scale drawing and a pair of dividers.
November 12, 2008
Start with a top-down approach, then choose a shape that lands in a good spot
November 1, 2007
A pitch-block jig and a deadman stand are two keys in transforming a jumble of parts into a continuous handrail.
A pro shares a framing method for high-performance stairs that resist cracking, shrinking, and warping
September 5, 2007
A master stairbuilder shares five simple techniques that greatly improve staircase construction
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