Category Archives: door

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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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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Finishing a Basement Room

Simple, straightforward transformation from an unused space into a media room. Woodworking is my passion, but this is what pays the bills.

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Why Sharpening is the Secret Ingredient

You can teach an old dog new tricks.  I did. Megan Fitzpatrick tweeted this last night.  I have been following Graham Haydon’s series of articles about planemaking, and after reading the latest post Mathieson’s Stats , I knew I had to … Continue reading

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Luxury Shower Upgrade

Master bath remodel with custom shower and wall niches. Tilework by Michael Spears.

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Structural Damage

This was supposed to be a simple door replacement. What I found was an incorrect installation. The exterior trim and the jamb had been wrapped in metal, but not caulked. The result was an alarming amount of hidden damage. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Enclosing an Outdoor Space

I had my doubts about this, but the columns were square and plumb

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Mortise a Door

Sharp chisels make fast work

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