How To Remove A Spinning Screw

By Robert Robillard

How To Remove A Stripped Screw Ever run into a spinning or stripped screw?  It’s frustrating to say the least.  There are a few methods to deal with this.  The article below will focus on how to remove a spinning screw. Spinning Freely How about a screw where the head or part of the shaft…

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Marking Wood

By Robert Robillard

Marking Trim – Carpenter’s Tip Marking Wood – using a pencil or a utility knife Pencil Marks: The age old argument between carpenters on marking wood: The Pencil vs. The Utility Knife.  Which one do you use? A simple pencil mark can be confusing. Sometimes the line is slightly curved. Where do you cut?  Finish…

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Job Site Cart

By Robert Robillard

Work Smarter NOT Harder Use a Job Site Cart I’ve found myself working alot lately on projects located in multiple floor buildings.  Access is definitely an issue and consideration when estimating the job site  “tool set up,” stocking with materials and “clean up” time.  Part of my plan is to use a job site cart.…

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Job Site Vise

By Robert Robillard

Securing Materials, Two Quick Job Site Vises Here is an inexpensive, versatile job site vise or bench vise for securing workpieces on the job site for operations like cutting a mortise, planing or fussing with finish work. Wedge Jig: To build this useful job-site vise, simply screw a rectangular scrap of wood to your bench…

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How to Loosen Stubborn Nuts And Bolts

By Robert Robillard

Loosen Rusty Bolts Ever go crazy trying to get a rusted nut or bolt loose? I have. A simple tip for dealing with how to loosen stubborn nuts and bolts that have rusted solid bolts is to employ heat, penetrating oil and tapping with a hammer. These tips will un-stick most nuts and bolts in…

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Nail Pulling Tools

By Robert Robillard

Nail Pullers I recently was sent a pair of nail pulling tools from a fellow blogger: Axxeman. His blog is called, “The Nail Jack Family of Nail Pulling Tools.” The two tools he sent me to try out are called the “Nail Jack’ and the “Nail Hunter,” both from Nail Jack Tools. The two tools…

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Flushing Two Boards

By Robert Robillard

Flushing Two Boards – Carpentry Tip Here’s a trick to get to pieces of lumber to line up when one of them is a bit twisted or bowed. You’ll need two hammers to do this. As shown in the photo, pre-start your nails. One hammer is used as a lever to pull the boards together…

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Hiding A Finish Nail

By Robert Robillard

Making Finish Nails Disappear – Carpenter Tip A friend of mine who attended the North Bennet Street School of Carpentry showed me this trick on, hiding a finish nail, many years ago.  Its great when you need to hid a nail and do not want to to see a putty patch. Use a very sharp…

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