How to Locate Ceilings Fixtures

By Robert Robillard

How to Locate Fixtures In Ceilings and Walls With Minimal Damage As a carpenter,  I am often called to install something after the fact, that is after the walls or ceiling is installed. This tip is useful if you find yourself needing to drill through a wall, ceiling or anything where you can not see…

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Making A Red Cedar Candle Holder

By William Burns

Turning Red Cedar on a Lathe It’s a creative talent to take a piece of wood from its rough shape and literally turn it into a piece of art in 30 minutes. I have been using a lathe for the last four years, on and off, and mostly have turned out random candle holders, Shaker…

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Job Site Sawhorses

By Robert Robillard

Job Site Saw Horses In my small world of residential remodeling and carpentry I always find myself in need or a pair, or more accurately, several pairs of job site sawhorses.   As I get older I find myself becoming a sawhorse snob. I want my sawhorses to be strong, but not too heavy, super portable,…

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Fast Rabbet Cuts

By Robert Robillard

Fast Rabbet Cuts In the woodworking and finish carpentry world a rabbet joint is a recess, channel or groove cut into the edge of a piece of wood. A rabbet is a simple joint to make, and increases gluing surfaces for a strong glue joint.  Rabbets also assist with alignment for adjoining boards and provide…

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How To Install Wood Plugs

By Robert Robillard

How to install wood plugs in railings When I see a project where the carpenter took the time and effort to install wood plugs I automatically thing “quality.” This article will show you how to install wood plugs in railings and anything else for that matter. Wood Railings and Plugs As a carpenter I’ve seen…

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Job Site Power Station

By Robert Robillard

Making A Power Station Out Of Re-cycled Materials The photo below is an electrical power strip box . It was taken out of a trash pile after it was removed from an office cubicle work station during a recent remodel. I couldn’t help but think that these perfectly good units could be reused in my…

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How To Make A Pipe Clamp Storage Rack

By Robert Robillard

Pipe Clamp Storage Rack Workshop Tip I’m a neat freak and hate when my shop is a mess.  Part of being neat is being organized. You can never have enough clamps so recently I decided that I needed a better way to store my pipe clamps.  My clamps range from 24 inches to 60 inches. …

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Auto Adjust Clamps: Safer Woodworking And Cabinet Making

By Robert Robillard

Bessey Auto Adjust Toggle Clamp When it comes to efficiently and productivity in the shop, or on a job site, nothing beats tools and jigs that free your hands up and make your work safer and more accurate. In most cases great jigs involve some sort of clamping device. Many times when working in the…

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