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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OSHA Guidelines For Ladder Safety

By Robert Robillard

Ladder Safety Keep manufactured and job-made ladders in good condition and free of defects. Inspect ladders before use for broken rungs or other defects so falls don’t happen. Discard or repair defective ladders. Secure ladders near the top or at the bottom to prevent them from slipping and causing falls. When you can’t tie the…

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Making Repetitive Cuts On A Miter Saw

By Robert Robillard

Miter Saw Tip There are many instances where you may need to cut several pieces of wood the exact same size. Deck balusters and rafters immediately come to mind. The best way for making repetitive cuts on a miter saw is to use a “stop block.” Below I am using a simple block of wood…

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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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