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More stories about Carpentry

  • Not Your Grandfather's Power-Tool Race

    Belt-sander racers step aside: Your tools just aren't fast enough — and even if they were, they're way too ordinary-looking to compete in the Power Tool Drag Races.

  • A Carpenter's Home Is His Castle

    As a union carpenter, T.J. Baker works on large, complicated structures like baseball stadiums, computer-chip factories, and high-rise hotels. So what does he do in his spare time? The same thing most carpenters do: He remodels his house.

  • On the Job

    Wainscoting for wavy walls; homemade dispensers

  • 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