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Molding, Millwork, & Trim

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    Bench Dog Tools Bullnose Trim Gauge

    Marking out the 22 1/2-degree cuts needed for three-piece bullnose corner trim can take a bit of trial and error to get accurate results.

     
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    Custom-Carved Corbels

    As part of a job finishing a side-porch addition to a Victorian home, I had to reproduce six decorative corbels.

     
  • Installing Iron Balusters

    This method is fast and reduces epoxy cleanup.

     
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    A Shop-Built Conical Roof

    Truss-style construction simplified the framing of this serpentine roofline.

     
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    Installing Housed Treads and Risers

    Shims and adhesive lock the parts together into a squeak-free unit.

     
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    Marine-Quality Columns

    Miami’s STA Architectural Group originally planned to use solid ipe for the eight columns on this high-end residence, which is currently under construction in Bal Harbour, Fla. But when logs of sufficient size turned out to be unattainable, the firm asked Orleans, Mass., boat-builder Suzanne Leahy...

     
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    Building a Ceiling Dome

    Traditional plaster finishes off this simple, elegant bit of framing.

     
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    Products

    Tapered column wraps; wireless lighting control; touchpad deadbolt; vinyl siding with foam reinforcement; fiberglass columns; more

     
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    Porter-Cable 371 Compact Belt Sander

    There are few things more satisfying than scribing a piece of trim and having it fit perfectly on the first try. Porter-Cable's 371 belt sander should make such precision scribing a lot easier.

     
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    Using Bending Rail

    Laminating a curved stair rail takes sturdy forms and a lot of clamps.

     
 
 
 
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