Furniture Step By Steps

Mortise and Tenon – Cutting the Tenon

Mortise and Tenon – Cutting the Tenon

The mortise and tenon is an essential joint in woodworking. It enjoys numerous variations and can be completed using a variety of techniques. The application of the mortise and tenon for frame joinery extends beyond the world of woodworking into house-building,...

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Spring Joints

Spring Joints

A spring joint takes advantage of wood's natural flexibility. Use a spring joint when gluing board edges together to allow for the expansion and contraction of wood and to prevent cracking and separating. A spring joint is achieved by planing a curved cut into the...

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Through Dovetails 01 – Pin Layout

Through Dovetails 01 – Pin Layout

The dovetail is both a decorative mark of fine woodworking and a strong and long-lasting joint. In a through dovetail, both of the pieces go entirely through one another, leaving the joint visible on the outside. Making through dove tails begins with proper pin...

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Through Dovetails 02 – Cutting the Pins

Through Dovetails 02 – Cutting the Pins

The dovetail is both a decorative mark of fine woodworking and a strong and long-lasting joint. In a through dovetail, both of the pieces go entirely through one another, leaving the joint visible on the outside. Once the pins have been laid out, you’ll be...

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Through Dovetails 03 – Paring the Pins

Through Dovetails 03 – Paring the Pins

The dovetail is both a decorative mark of fine woodworking and a strong and long-lasting joint. In a through dovetail, both of the pieces go entirely through one another, leaving the joint visible on the outside. With the pins cut, the next step is the pare them. This...

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Through Dovetails 04 – Tail Layout

Through Dovetails 04 – Tail Layout

The dovetail is both a decorative mark of fine woodworking and a strong and long-lasting joint. In a through dovetail, both of the pieces go entirely through one another, leaving the joint visible on the outside. With the pins cut and paired, it’s time to move...

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Through Dovetails 05 – Cutting the Tails

Through Dovetails 05 – Cutting the Tails

The dovetail is both a decorative mark of fine woodworking and a strong and long-lasting joint. In a through dovetail, both of the pieces go entirely through one another, leaving the joint visible on the outside. Now that the tails are laid out, it’s time to cut...

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Through Dovetails – Fitting the Tails

Through Dovetails – Fitting the Tails

The dovetail is both a decorative mark of fine woodworking and a strong and long-lasting joint. In a through dovetail, both of the pieces go entirely through one another, leaving the joint visible on the outside. With both the pins and the tails cut out, it’s time to...

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Laminated Veneer Lumber

Laminated Veneer Lumber

The laminated veneer lumber (LVL) manufacturing process creates a strong and stable product that can reliably support large areas. Wide open spaces are great for country music singers, but can be a real headache for builders. To create large, open rooms, builders and...

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Green Homes Series: Foundations

Green Homes Series: Foundations

A solid foundation is essential for any home. But today’s emphasis on “green” suggests that other factors be considered as well. A good foundation is important. It helps a house withstand vertical and horizontal loads and protects from frost heaves. Foundation Basics...

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Framing a Garage Workshop

Framing a Garage Workshop

When choosing the framing and construction materials for your garage, consider how it will be used, what fire and safety requirements you may have, and what additions you may need later on. Today’s garage holds cars, big toys, and serves as a central home workshop or...

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Load-bearing Walls

Load-bearing Walls

Before you grab a hammer, saw or crowbar to remove an unwanted wall, make sure you understand its role in holding up your house. Today's typical floor plan often includes bright and open spaces with high ceilings. Before the advent of today's modern building...

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Stairbuilding Basics

Stairbuilding Basics

Take the quick way to the top with a simple lesson in basic stair construction. Building nice staircases takes patience and skill. But it's worth the effort: beautiful stairs help make a home special. But, before you break out the tape measure and circular saw,...

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The Carpenter’s Square

The Carpenter’s Square

The carpenter's square is a deceptive tool. It looks simple, it's a ruler with an elbow, a straightedge that turns a corner. Yet it is a great deal more, because it can function as a sophisticated arithmetical guide to many of the complexities of laying out a...

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How to Hang a Curio Shelf

Roofing Materials

Cost, ease of installation and appearance are all factors when choosing a roofing material. While asphalt shingles account for close to 90 percent of all residential roofing jobs, they certainly aren't the end of the story when it comes to roofing. Sheet metal, cement...

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Roofs: Design, Function and Maintenance

Roofs: Design, Function and Maintenance

A good roof is graceful, it's good-looking, and it ages well. To realize that end, however, you'll need to do three things: design the roof appropriately, build it right, and take good care of it. Your roof is critical to basic house performance. It gives your house...

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How to Hang a Curio Shelf

Six Steps to Better Roof Protection

The weak link in most existing houses is in the connection of the roof sheathing to the rafters or roof trusses. The weak link in most existing houses is in the connection of the roof sheathing to the rafters or roof trusses. There are several ways to strengthen this...

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Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are an economical roofing solution. But shop around, because not all shingles are the same. Asphalt shingles are economical and versatile, which may be why they represent more than 80 percent of the roofing market. They're relatively inexpensive to...

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Cedar Shingle Maintenance

Cedar Shingle Maintenance

Cedar roofing and siding are a classic building material, and with proper installation, care and maintenance will last 20 or more years. Left untreated, they will weather to a natural gray, or they can be painted or stained. Cedar shakes and shingles are highly wind...

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Natural Ventilation

Natural Ventilation

Natural ventilation relies on the wind and the "chimney effect" to keep a building cool. The wind will naturally ventilate your home or business by entering or leaving windows, depending on their orientation to the wind. When wind blows against your home, air is...

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