UPDATED 4Apr2019: After 25 years of sharpening chainsaws with a file, I don’t do much of it any more. Not since I discovered how fast and effective pro-grade electric saw a chain sharpener can be. Here at our country home on […]Continue Reading
A woodworking innovation worthy of praise. Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, highlights a new way to join wood around your home and garden.Continue Reading
UPDATED 22MAY2017 Q: How should my husband and I choose an architect? We’ve bought five acres of waterfront property that’s blessed with interesting topography. We envision a small, green home, perhaps using water reclamation technology and solar energy, incorporating local […]Continue Reading
Classic brick designs offer some of the most interesting and enduring architectural details you’ll find anywhere. But brick alone isn’t necessarily all that interesting. For stunning visual results, the colour, texture, style and arrangement of brick needs to be used in creative […]Continue Reading
*PINE CHEST COMPLETE: See milk paint refurbishing job.
*COOLER CABIN: Learn how to keep sleeping loft cooler.
*GARDENING: See how greedy nearby plants invade pot.
*RASPBERRIES: Learn how to prune & mulch properly.
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, informs homeowners interested in DIY jobs around their homes about the variety of fasteners there are available.Continue Reading
*BIRDS OF PREY: See where a pair of ospreys choose to nest.
*WATER WELL: Watch the birth of a great source of pure water.
*WOODWORKING: Learn how to scribe wood for nice, tight fit.
*GREAT TOOLS: See three great ones from this 2009 video.
UPDATED 6MAY2017: If you’re gearing up for deck building, constructing a dock, picnic table, gazebo or verandah this season, you should know how much hand-held circular saws have improved. The best cordless models these days are every bit as effective as […]Continue Reading
UPDATED 6MAY2017 Q: I bought plans to build a workbench and the instructions mentions making the top from quartersawn lumber to guard against warping and cupping. I don’t know what quartersawing is. I plan to use 2X6s for the top, but how do […]Continue Reading
*COTTAGE LIFE: The easiest way ever to prime a water pump.
*MOLD CONTROL: Kill mold safely, forever and without bleach.
*TOOLS: See why impact drivers are the kings of screw driving.
*BUILDING: Learn to use a garden hose as a building level.