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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Steam-Bent Shingles

    Renovations are a vital part of the routine at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Va., estate, which is open to the public 365 days a year. Recently, Steve Ritter’s company, Cedar Shakes and Shingles, was called upon to install decorative red cedar shingles on the bell-shaped roof of a reproduction...

  • Installing a Wood Parquet Floor

    Assessing the moisture content and surface condition of the slab was the critical first step.