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Staircases

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    Using Bending Rail

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

     
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    Building a Curved Stairway

    Simple framed walls support the treads and act as forms for bending the rails and stringers.

     
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    Period Kitchen Remodel

    Vintage details and clever reorganization help an updated space blend into an old home.

     
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    Coping Trim With a Grinder

    A high-quality angle grinder makes quick work of intricate copes in hardwood crown.

     
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    Installing Cable Railing

    With a couple of specialty tools, you can offer this sleek look to your high-end customers.

     
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    Toolbox

    Festool RO 150 FEQ 6-inch Rotex sander; two ladder-levelers; remodeling; chain saws

     
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    Squeak-Free Stairs With Pocket-Hole Screws

    On a new-construction job it's a good idea to give the drywallers a heads up; they can cut the pieces that go on the bottom of the stringers and set them aside for installation after the stairs are finished.

     
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    License decision judged unfair; cheap fix for plywood paneling; deck-ledger brackets; more

     
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    Toolbox

    Hitachi C12LSH sliding compound miter saw; circular saws; back-savers

     
 
 
 
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