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John LaTorre Jr. shows how to build a wall that's an independent structure when there are no other walls to tie into for rigidity.
Remodeler Randal Patterson shows how to make simple wooden covers for hydronic baseboard heat.
None of these details are super tricky but they require a good team of craftsman to ensure this simple detail doesn't look sloppy when it's completed.
Stacking the basement stairs under the stairs to the second floor opens up the living space.
An organized work vehicle can save you a ton of time and effort, and it might even double as a portable workplace.
Many carpenters make their own saw stands, which they can tailor exactly to the work they do. These stands are their workbenches, and because the stands are wooden, users can nail or screw their accessories anywhere.
The concept of the Trojan Workcenter is simple: Two pairs of collapsible legs firmly clamp to a 2-by rail, which you supply; there’s an MDF saw table and two adjustable support rollers that clamp to the top of the rail.
This station is designed to pair with the Kapex saw that many high-end finish carpenters like to use. The two extension wings give continuous support and provide extra work surface that is ideal for trim work, and simple flip stops allow repetitive cuts.
This stand won a Editors’ Choice Award from Tools of the Trade magazine in 2002 because it unfolded in a minute to become a long and sturdy 18-inch-wide stand, and it had an adjustable deck height to accommodate almost any saw.
An informal survey reveals the most popular manufactured models, plus some ingenious homemade options.
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