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Builders and architects need not be adversaries. These tips from an experienced site foreman show how common courtesy, planning, and a respect for the design process can promote a spirit of cooperation.
Sawn-carriages are strong and easy to build, but housed-stringers hide shrinkage better. A finish carpenter explains a method for building stairs that takes advantage of both approaches.
A finish carpentry foreman explains how to use a transit for fast, accurate layout of framing and finish work.
Building cabinets from components
Some finish carpentry installations leave no room for error — like fitting a built-in desktop into a three-sided nook. These two techniques guarantee accuracy in even the tightest situations.
More and more architects and designers are using AWI standards in their specs. A custom builder explains how he uses these published standards to consistently produce high-quality woodwork.
Railing codes are strict when it comes to strength and safety, but flexible about handrail profiles. A builder looks at the current regs and how they may be changing.
To meet code, stair railings need sturdy newel posts. A finish carpenter gives tips on anchoring both solid and hollow newels.
At job review time, how do you decide which workers have earned a raise? This company’s evaluation form may help.
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