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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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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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Trimming a Damaged Tree with a Reciprocating Saw

Trimming a Damaged Tree with a Reciprocating Saw

What do you do when you need to clean up a wind-damaged tree and you don’t own a chain saw? You work with what you’ve got. In my case, I had a reciprocating saw that showed promise and a portable generator. It seemed like a marriage of …well… convenience, if not practicality. I’ll admit this […]

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Review: Milescraft 1407 D/T Featherboard

Review: Milescraft 1407 D/T Featherboard

After a bit of a break from any serious woodworking, I started on a new project recently that required cutting tongue and groove joints on the edges of the boards. Without having to even think about it, I knew I had exactly what I needed to make the cuts safely – my handy-dandy dual featherboard. […]

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Work Shop Sharing for DIY Woodworkers

Work Shop Sharing for DIY Woodworkers

Renting or sharing shop space and tools is not a new idea – cooperatives have been around for ages with varying degrees of success. We’re now in a transition from hyper-consumerism to collaborative consumption – sharing or renting goods and services as we need them. This not only helps to keep costs down for individuals, […]

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Tips for Resawing with a Bandsaw

Tips for Resawing with a Bandsaw

If you ever wondered why it’s so hard to resaw large pieces of stock on the bandsaw – you’re about to find out. Engineer/woodworker Matthias Wandel builds woodworking tools out of wood – the kind of tools most of us buy – so we can build stuff out of wood. He’s written a great article […]

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3D Printers – DIY Custom Manufacturing

3D Printers – DIY Custom Manufacturing

Last week in Part 1, I explored the development of high quality 3D printers, already in widespread use by industrial designers. As with most technologies, the costs are starting to come down to the point where 3D printers are now entering the home user market, allowing you and me to create objects we never could […]

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3-D Printers – The Ultimate DIY Tool

3-D Printers – The Ultimate DIY Tool

Just imagine, being able to scan an object, load it into your computer, and have a full-colour 3 dimensional copy of that object in your hand a few minutes later. If you’re thinking Star Trek "replicator", you’re pretty much on the money. When Gene Roddenberry opened our minds to these futuristic possibilities back in the […]

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Make a Roof Pitch Guess-timator

Make a Roof Pitch Guess-timator

This simple little device represents the kind of creative thinking that’s brought us to the point of living in houses (with roofs) and not in caves. Duane Mackey designs home additions, so he came up with this brilliant idea that lets you estimate the pitch of a roof safety from terra firma. He’s posted the […]

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5 Gift Ideas for Woodworkers

5 Gift Ideas for Woodworkers

Every woodworker I know has a list of stuff that they’d like to have, but just never get around to getting them. It’s not necessarily the price or the effort to make it happen, stuff just drifts to back of your mind when other things take priority. Nothing increases the length of my wish list […]

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