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Simple Door Casing Plinth Blocks

Simple Door Casing Plinth Blocks

Whether you’re renovating an old house like I am or installing trim in your new dream home, plinth blocks can add an element of sophistication as well as provide a transition point for mouldings to meet cleanly. Plinths can be a plain block or they can have a profile – usually on the upper part […]

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Cutting Door Casings for New Flooring

Cutting Door Casings for New Flooring

I’m in the middle of my latest redecorating project which involves stripping wallpaper that’s older than me, giving the room a fresh new paint job and installing a new vinyl-plank floor. Anyone who’s installed a new laminate or hardwood floor has discovered that door casings can present a challenge to achieving a professional-looking installation. After […]

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How to Attach Crown Mouldings to Frameless Cabinets

How to Attach Crown Mouldings to Frameless Cabinets

I just had  a very good question from a reader on my "Cabinet Crown Moulding Tips" post so I figured the best way to answer her was with another post. They’ve just installed new frameless cabinets themselves and have now reached the point of adding the crown moulding. Her question was related to the various […]

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Woodworking: Pick a Pocket Joint

Woodworking: Pick a Pocket Joint

Like most DIYers, I’m not a master woodworker…not by a long shot. While I fully appreciate the inherent beauty and strength of well-crafted dovetail, mortise & tenon, and dowel joints, I’m just not that committed to traditional joinery when there’s a faster and easier solution – like pocket joints. So am I guilty of woodworking […]

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How to Cut Slots in Wood

How to Cut Slots in Wood

I’m working on a new woodworking project that involved cutting through-slots for bolts in a couple of boards. The two boards will act as adjustable arms to hold a dowel handle for a garden cart. I have cut shorter and narrower slots using a table-mounted router for a coin bank. These bolt slots were considerably […]

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How to Pre-Paint Balusters (& hang them up to dry)

How to Pre-Paint Balusters (& hang them up to dry)

When I built the railings for our veranda project, I pre-painted all the components before assembly. Pre-painting allows you prime the end cuts to prevent moisture wicking, you don’t have to kneel or squat for hours on end, and you can do a better overall paint job. I had about 80 balusters that needed one […]

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How to Make Stopped Flutes on a Router Table

How to Make Stopped Flutes on a Router Table

Stopped flutes are one of my favourite woodworking details. They add an air of sophistication that can turn a nice design into an eye-catching heirloom. You commonly find stopped flutes on columns and newel posts, as well as on fireplace and cabinet pilasters. If the work piece is less than 42" long, you can make […]

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Do I Need “Ditra” Under Floor Tiles?

Do I Need "Ditra" Under Floor Tiles?

I just read a discussion thread on the Canadian Woodworking forum where the question asked was: "Ditra for kitchen flooring – Is it worth it?” I discovered this product last year while researching methods for laying a ceramic tile floor for an upstairs bathroom renovation in our old farmhouse.   What the heck is Ditra? […]

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How to Make Stopped Chamfers

How to Make Stopped Chamfers

The stopped chamfer is an elegant and easy-to-make detail, commonly used on furniture, cabinets, railing balusters and posts. Stopped chamfers are fast and easy to make using a table-mounted router with a 45 degree chamfering bit, especially if you need several identical pieces. In this example, the goal is to mill 1/4” wide stopped chamfers […]

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Fix Loose Plaster with Plaster Washers

Fix Loose Plaster with Plaster Washers

The much anticipated visit of our infant grand-niece recently inspired us to clear out a spare bedroom in our old farmhouse and turn it into a nursery. Top priority was replacing the stained 1950’s era wallpaper with a fresh coat of paint. Having done this several years ago in the living room and hall I […]

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