How To Retrieve Metal Items Down Sink Drain

By Robert Robillard

Retrieving Items Down Sink Drain Today I was using a screwdriver near the sink and I accidentally dropped the driver bit into the sink and down the disposal. Luckily the disposal was not on, but I could hear my plumber brother in the back of my head saying, “I told you to always plug the…

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Using Carpentry Patterns And Templates

By Robert Robillard

Making And Using Carpentry Patterns And Templates Making And Using Carpentry Patterns And Templates in woodworking help to make joints and construction repeatable and accurate. If you are making more than one project, cut or component, and you want to reduce the chance of compound error or a mistake in cutting and expensive piece of…

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Making Small Cuts On A Miter Saw

By Robert Robillard

Making Small Cuts On A Miter Saw “Cut it but leave the line!” I head that plenty of times! When cutting trim on a miter saw sometimes it’s easier to slowly work your way closer to the cut line by nipping away at the wood and moving the board slightly. Miter Saw Safety: Allow the…

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Miter Saw Upgrade

By Robert Robillard

Tips To Upgrade And Tune Your Miter Saw A miter saw that is adjusted and set up properly will give incredibly accurate cuts.  Adding a zero clearance plate and tuning up your saw is an easy miter saw upgrade. Here’s a few tips:   Align the Fence: Adjust the saw fence so that is is…

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Triming Door Bottoms

By Robert Robillard

Triming doors With A Circular Saw Rip Guide Making a straight cut with a circular saw usually requires a careful hand. A better way is to measure and set up a strip of wood guide, use a rip guide or a track saw.   Having a straight cut is important especially when trimming door bottoms. Rip…

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Repairing Loose Door Hinges

By Robert Robillard

Repairing Door Hinges Recently a client in Wellesley, Massachusetts asked us to change out her bathroom door with a new door slab. When I removed the hinges to install the new hinges I found that someone had previously had screw hole problems and drilled out the holes larger and inserted plastic drywall anchors into the…

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Wood Shop Upgrades

By Robert Robillard

Improving Your Work Shop Space Recently I spent some time cleaning out and updating my basement workshop and making some much needed wood shop upgrades.. The wall in the photo below has always bothered me because the clamps on the right [ next to the large red one] take up so much wall space and…

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Making And Using A Door Buck

By Robert Robillard

Using A Door Buck To Fit a Door When working installing hinges on doors one of the challenges is how to hold the door firmly on edge, the answer is a door buck. What is a Door Buck? A door buck is a simple site made jig that many carpenters use to hold doors securely…

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