The Carpenter’s Pencil

By Robert Robillard

Flat Carpenter Pencil Uses The Flat Carpenter Pencil is a long time favorite of carpenters, roofers, woodworkers, and other tradesmen in the construction industry.   The carpenter’s pencil is  a flat pencil and is often given out by lumber yards and building supply houses as a way to service contractors and to market their business with…

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Cutting Plywood Without Chipout

By Robert Robillard

Clean Saw Cuts in Plywood When using nice plywood like birch or maple plywood to make bookcases, boxes or any casework project you always want to avoid the saw blade from tearing out the edges of your wood. A zero clearance plate on your table saw helps but here is an easy and quick tip…

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Installing Veener On A Bookcase Project

By Robert Robillard

On my recent bookcase project I erred and ended up having screw holes visible on the finished end portion of the cabinet. My friend always says “it’s not the mistakes you make, it’s how you fix them.” In this case hide them! In order to hide the screw holes I needed to add a layer…

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Miter Saw Tune Up

By Robert Robillard

Upgrades for Your Miter-saw A miter saw that is adjusted and set up properly will give incredibly accurate cuts.  Performing a miter saw tune up is easy.  Here’s a few tips you can do to increase the performance of your miter saw: 1. Install a 60 -80 -100 tooth carbide blade. A good quality, multiple…

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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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