Belt Sander Jig HowTo Build

By Jeff Williams

Belt Sander Jig HowTo Build A few years ago, RIDGID sent us a couple sanders to review. One of them was the outstanding RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander Model # EB4424. At the time we also received their 3″ Heavy Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander Model #R2740. I liked using the oscillating sander in the shop…

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Custom Wood Screen and Storm Door

By Robert Robillard

Making A Wood Screen and Storm French Door A storm door is very much part of a home’s curb appeal. We were recently asked to replace an existing combination screen and storm door on a client’s house. The existing door was constructed out of pine and had metal clips that held the screen or storm…

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Shaker Profile Cabinet Doors

By Robert Robillard

Building Cabinet Doors I recently was asked to make a built-in cabinet for a bathroom remodel. The bathroom vanity that the client purchased had Shaker style doors; which featured flat panels and beveled styles and rails I was taught to use cope and stick joinery because it makes a good looking and sturdy frame for…

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Built-In Bookcase And Mantle Installation

By Robert Robillard

Custom built-in bookcase and mantle project: On this project we were asked to remove the built-in cabinet and replace it with a built-in bookcase and mantle installation. New Design – Built-In Bookcase And Mantle Installation The plan was to install a custom mantle that is lower than the existing blue-stone mantle and built a new…

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Replacing An Acorn Roof Finial

By Robert Robillard

Acorn Roof Finial I worked on this Nashawtuc Road home back in 2008 when we replaced the front porch floor and installed a unique drainage system. Recently the homeowner had the roof replaced. At the peak of the house’s hip roof sat a beautiful acorn shaped finial. This finial had been repaired many times over…

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How to Apply Astragal Molding On a Ceiling

By Robert Robillard

Astragal Ceiling Moldings Adding a ceiling molding treatment with contrasting paint colors commands attention in almost any room. In this article we will cover how to apply astragal molding on a ceiling. An astragal is a molding profile composed of a half-round surface surrounded by two flat “fillet” planes. An astragal is an architectural element…

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How to Make Plinth Blocks

By Robert Robillard

How to Make Plinth Blocks I love using Plinth Blocks in finish carpentry especially when the door casings are ornate. Plinth blocks act as a decorative base for door trim, pilaster or columns and are often seen in higher end trim work and older homes where the trim and baseboard intersection do not visually meet…

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Installing A Window Seat

By Robert Robillard

Custom Window Seat Installation I recently made a custom window seat for this window alcove.  [photo right] The customer originally had a bench in this spot but wanted something more permanent with storage.  We decided installing a window seat with a hinged lid was the best option. Measuring and making this window seat was done earlier…

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