Fireplace Mantels

By Robert Robillard

Fireplaces and Chimneys Mantel Clearance Question . Dear Concord Carpenter, I bought a fireplace mantel at a yard sale and would like to attach it around my existing fireplace which is bare brick with just s simple wood shelf and brick supports.  My brother told me that there is a code relative to fire combustibles…

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How To Install Crown Molding with Rope Lighting

By Robert Robillard

* * * Instructions follow in the text below * * * Install Crown Molding with Rope Lighting Ever since I installed rope lighting behind crown molding on this 2004 project I wanted to do it again.  Seven years later I got my chance. Learning how To install crown molding with rope lighting is easy.…

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Installing A Built-in Bookcase

By Robert Robillard

Installing Built-in Bookcases Built-ins come in many shapes and sizes. Many times people place a built in into an odd or irregular spaced area other times people are looking to create an aesthetically pleasing effect or need more storage options. In this case the homeowners had a small irregular shaped, unused closet and a built…

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How To Build A Diagonal Door

By Robert Robillard

Build A Diagonal Tongue And Groove Shed Door   This shed was designed by Sandra Stout from Creative Designs. One of the details that Sandra specified was for the tongue and groove doors to be set at a diagonal. After figuring out the door opening sizes I went back to the shop to build the…

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How To Install Astragal Wall Molding

By Robert Robillard

How To Install Astragal Wainscoting Molding I recently installed some astragal molding to a wall in a bathroom to simulate wainscoting.  This is often called faux wainscoting.  This article will discuss how to install astragal wall molding. Determine Panel Spacing The first step is to lay out the equal number of panels on the wall. A…

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Installing Molding To A Curved Wall

By Robert Robillard

  Adding Wainscoting Molding to a Curved Wall The picture below is a front entryway of a friend of mine. She wanted to dress up her front entry way by Installing Molding To A Curved Wall.  the molding applied to the wall will basically be a faux wainscoting.  New paint and wallpaper will dress it up once…

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Half Wall Bookcase

By Robert Robillard

Adding A Bookcase To A Half Wall This is a job that I had worked on this past October. At the time we were renovating this home we removed the carpet in this room and on the 1/2 wall and installed hardwood flooring.  The plan was to install a 27″ high bookcase on this Half…

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Applying Trim In Confined Spaces

By Robert Robillard

  Applying Window or Door Trim In Confined Spaces   Applying trim in confined spaces frustrates many people.   In a perfect finish carpentry world all doors and windows would be installed with enough space to apply full width trim like in the picture below. The reality is that we sometimes we have to rip trim…

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