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  • Faster Jamb Extensions

    Use drywall screws to establish plumb and level, and the rest is easy.

  • Hammer Museum

    Most carpenters still carry a hammer on their toolbelt. But even those who pound a nail the old way once in a while would probably admit, if pressed, that hammers are beginning to seem sort of, well, last century.

  • Getting Organized for Fast Framing

    Buy the right tools, make sure material's there when you need it, and break the job down into simple tasks.

  • Framing the First-Floor Deck

    The work goes faster if you use a laser, install anchor straps instead of anchor bolts, and measure as little as possible.

  • Framing Rake Walls

    Full-scale layout using actual rafters is fast and accurate

  • Framing a Hipped Tray Ceiling

    With this method, all you need to calculate is the length of the hip and the run of a common.

  • Q&A: Do Door Jambs Need Shims?

    Q. When I install prehung and precased doors, I use shims to plumb both the hinge and strike jambs before nailing off the casing. But I've been on jobs where the carpenters plumb the hinge side of the door and then nail the prehung casing solid to the stu

  • Toolbox: Metabo KGS 305 Miter Saw

    Metabo KGS 305 miter saw; extension cords; finish carpentry

  • Framing a Barrel-Vault Ceiling

    To simplify the layout, think in terms of a hip roof.

  • On the Job

    Truss-rolling; cheap clamps; easy bullnose corner