Entryway Makeover

By Robert Robillard

Front Hall Upgrade – Wainscoting Design We recently applied trim and moldings to the front hall walls of a clients 25-year old home.  The goal was to dress up its appearance o the entryway. The entryway had a 24 foot ceiling and was barren, bare and uninviting. This trim and molding technique is sometimes called…

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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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Screen Porch Bead Board Ceiling

By Robert Robillard

How to Install Bead Board on a Screen Porch Ceiling Historically, bead board was a durable, basic wall or ceiling finish that was common by the 1880s and was also popular in cottages, camps and unheated buildings. Screen Porch Bead Board Ceiling We recently built a screen porch for a client who wanted a bead…

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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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