Category Archives: Carpentry

The Great Chiseling

In my last post I showed off the entry door I installed in the A-frame house I spent a couple months remodeling.  This was a test project.  I get this frequently,  one job usually leads to another.  The next project … Continue reading

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The A-Frame Project

Last fall I installed an exterior door for some very nice folks that just bought a house.  I’ve hung a lot of doors over the years, some go well and others don’t.  This one took me 17 hours, but it … Continue reading

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At Least I’m Home Now

I always planned to come back to Greene one day to retire.  Circumstance has me here now, and my daughter is expecting her first child.  I’m home for good. Last year my plan was to go full time woodworking, the … Continue reading

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A Vinegar Bath to Remove Rust

Today I went to get a container to soak the plates of my new (old) saws.  As I started to remove the sawnuts, I found that each saw had one that just spun when I turned the screw.  Drat!  What … Continue reading

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New (old) Saws and Some Bad News

I’ll start with the bad news.  Two days after replacing my alternator, my motor stalled and refused to start again.  A friend of a friend agreed to come out to look at it and sure enough, the motor is shot. … Continue reading

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Mortising a Door Hinge Without a Router

If you’re doing more than say, three doors – the router is the way to go.  I actually prefer to do it by hand, probably because I’m a woodworker first and a carpenter second. The same principles of chopping a … Continue reading

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Carpentry and Joinery

In addition to a growing list of projects I want to tackle now that it’s spring and my workbench is back in the garage, I have some chores to do.  I’m building a door for my best friend’s chicken coop and … Continue reading

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No-Nonsense Measuring

Once upon a time, cabinetmakers used a story stick to record dimensions.  This practice is not used much anymore, but there are still carpenters who prefer not to use rulers for some operations. In the bathroom job we just finished, … Continue reading

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Small Bathroom Renovation

This is the first of two bathrooms and a kitchen. It’s difficult to get good pictures of a space this small, so I’m only posting a few. When we were ready to fit the vanity in, we found out the water … Continue reading

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Sometimes I Forget to Protect Myself

We’re in the middle of a bathroom remodel, and I’m reminded (daily) of my age.  I can’t scurry around an attic the way I could ten years ago.  As a consequence, I’ll try to minimize the time I spend up … Continue reading

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