Chuck Green

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Detail: A Hidden Newel Post

The architect specced a switchback stair rail with no newel post at the landing — a visually pleasing but structurally weak design. Here’s how the builder provided support without changing the designer’s intent. More

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Solid Surface Update

This premium countertop material continues to be difficult to obtain and install without factory training. A Massachusetts remodeler sorts through the confusing array of products and takes a look at the installer certification process. More

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Getting Burned by a Client: Lessons Learned.

There will always be homeowners who are out to take advantage of unwary builders. These tales of woe may help you see them coming and minimize the harm. More

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Builder's Library: Collected Wisdom

Tricks from a veteran carpenter More

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New England Update
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New England Update
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Toolbox: Custom Hot Rod Table Saw

Contractor table saw upgrade kit More

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Toolbox: Trim Champ

Compound miter conversion kit for circular saws More

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Kitchen & Bath: Multi-Purpose Tools for Kitchen Work

Specialty tools for K&B work More

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Custom Built-In Cabinets

It’s easier to match existing trim and other design features with built-ins than with shop-built cabinets. Here’s a step-by-step look at the design considerations, joinery, and installation techniques that make built-in cabinets a good choice. More

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