Emanuel Silva

At the start of last winter, I landed a project to re-shingle an older home in New England. Because red cedar would match the existing shingles and last a long time, that's what the clients wanted. They also wanted a specific color. I looked into buying pre-stained shingles, but the only ones available were white cedars, which don't have the longevity of red cedars. So it would be up to me to stain the shingles.

I've tried different methods for staining shingles: stacking them on sticks, laying them against walls, hanging them from clotheslines, even using a heat gun. But I always thought there must be a better way. One evening my son, Carter, and I sketched out some ideas and came up with a lightweight rack that would be easy to build from mostly...

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