Drilling To The Correct Depth

By Robert Robillard

Carpenter’s Tip To Drilling Precise Depth Holes When drilling holes in wood or masonry the trick is always ensuring you’ve reached the correct depth. As a carpenter and remodeler there are many times when I find myseld having to drill several holes to exactly the same depth.   Many of my drills have depth gauges, but…

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Use a Test Piece To Avoid Carpentry Mistakes

By Robert Robillard

Carpenter’s Tip – Use a Test Piece for Tight Fitting Parts Practice makes perfect I always say, but so doesn’t test pieces. Whenever I’m doing finish work and I’m making what I call a “money cut,” which is a cut that has to be perfect, I always cut a test piece out of scrap wood. …

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Carpenter’s Tip to Avoid Splitting Wood

By Robert Robillard

Image: http://www.lemurzone.com/rfg/ Carpenter’s Tip – Prevent Split Wood I’ve seen it a thousand times, a well intentioned person is installing a nail at the end of a board and POW the board splits!!! If using conventional nails, watch out at the ends of pieces of wood this ios an area that tends to split easy.…

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Carpenters Tip for Marking Wood

By Robert Robillard

Accurate Pencil Marks When measuring, marking and cutting wood how many times have you made a pencil mark only to go to the saw and forget which side your suppose to cut.  Here is a simple but accurate carpenters tip for marking wood.   Accurate Layout Marks Or worse you cut the wrong side of…

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Sanding Mill Marks In Wood Trim

By Robert Robillard

If you want an “A” paint job on crown moldings and trim then you need to take the steps to prepare the wood prior to painting. This means sanding out the mill marks left on the wood from the moulding and planner blades. What are Mill Marks? When boards are run through a planer, the…

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Small Wood Shop

By Robert Robillard

Getting Work Done In A Small Wood Shop If I had my way, my dream shop would be in an old barn with drive up access and large windows. My current shop, not a dream shop, but very functional small work shop.  It is about 350 sq. feet and is located in my basement.  I…

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Power Tool Cord Tip

By Robert Robillard

Prevent Power cord From UnPlugging Anyone who works with power tools know that there is nothing more frustrating than when your just about to use a tool, pull to far and the cord becomes unplugged. Aaaaarrrgghh! That feeling intensifies further if your high up on a ladder or on your back in a hard to…

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Cutting Acute Angles

By Robert Robillard

Acute Angle Jig – Accessory fence There are many times that I find I need cut trim or molding at an angle greater than my miter saw was designed for.  Most miter saws cut to 45 degrees or slightly larger, usually 50 degrees.   But what if you need to cut 55 degrees or a…

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