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  • Using Ship Masts for Structural Columns

    Suppose you wanted some wooden columns about 20 feet tall and custom-turned in one piece from straight tree trunks? There aren’t too many places you could find such a thing.

  • Replacing a Wood Beam With Steel

    The LVL beam had been installed in an earlier remodel to replace structural partitions supporting the second floor. Since Cox knew that a flush steel beam could do the job just as well — but invisibly — he offered to include the swap-out in the contract.

  • Wood-Steel Composite Beam?

    We're considering through-bolting LVL lumber to both sides of a steel I-beam. We'd install the resulting composite beam flush at midspan in an existing floor system, with the LVL providing convenient nailing for joist hangers. Can we assume that the combined load-bearing values for LVL and steel...

  • Festool Compact Hand Planer

    Full-size 3 1/4-inch hand planers are meant to be guided with both hands for maximum control, but Festool has a compact model designed to be held in one hand, so the other hand can steady the work.

  • Fast Job-Site Joinery

    Finish carpentry is all about making joints quickly and accurately.

  • Architect-Builder Uses Natural Tree Forms

    Architect Roald Gundersen and his team at Whole Tree Architecture and Construction are all for putting small-diameter trees — the “weeds” of the forest — to practical use.

  • Custom-Carved Corbels

    As part of a job finishing a side-porch addition to a Victorian home, I had to reproduce six decorative corbels.

  • Building Decks with Log Posts

    Use these methods to incorporate natural timbers into your custom work.

  • Discouraged Equity Investors Turn to Development Opportunities

    The funds are here. The opportunities, not so much.

  • Ipe Clip Fastener Co. Hardwood Wrench

    Trying to straighten and fasten bent deck boards is no fun, especially when you're working with hardwood decking.