I’ve only felt deeply and undeniably helpless once in my life, but it taught me a valuable lesson. Perhaps it will help you, too. A family of otters had something to do with the whole thing. It happened when my […]Continue Reading
Got unwanted noise spilling over from one room to the next in your home? Peace, quiet and solitude is something we all expect from our homes, but many don’t deliver. This is especially true if you’ve got a workshop in your basement. […]Continue Reading
Q: Where can I learn more about making solar energy a reality in a country home I’m planning to build? I need facts about the costs of various parts of the system, different suppliers and technologies, plus some sense of maintenance […]Continue Reading
Thinking of getting a wood splitter? Check out my video review of the best selling wood splitter in Canada. Except for one minor issue, I like it a lot. See how this economical model works in both horizontal & vertical splitting modes; see how the engine layout is open, making maintenance easy; watch the aggressive wedge pop firewood apart quickly, and more.Continue Reading
UPDATED 10Jan2020 + video below: From everything that I see, modern kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors in many homes are in bad shape. It’s mostly because of bad hinges. Doors sag, they hit each other, or they do a funny […]Continue Reading
UPDATED 10Jan2020: If power tools were the kids you went to high school with, the Porter-Cable brand would be that ordinary, clean-cut person who quietly got great marks, saved thousands of dollars working a part-time job, and remained confident enough not […]Continue Reading
Want to make stuff from steel pipe? It’s a great material for the home workshopper. In this week’s video lesson, see how a simple tube notcher cuts perfect curved profiles on the ends of pipes; watch how a bi-metal hole saw cuts dozens of pipe ends yet stays sharp; see how the shape of end profiles on pipe can be changed to suit the project.
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UPDATED 3Jan2020: A while back we built a set of compact stairs for a small space here at our place on Bailey Line Road, making videos during the process. Click above to watch the main steel body of this stair project […]Continue Reading
UPDATED 3Jan2020 + video: The teaching video below shows how to create solid wood raised panels using a hand plane. It’s part of my online course BUILD YOUR OWN TRADITIONAL FACE FRAME CABINETS. The video proves that you don’t need a […]Continue Reading
In this week’s two-video episode see how stairs are supported on notched pieces called “stringers”; determine how many treads you need for a given stair installation; accurately mark a stringer for cutting; take a video tour of a cherry stair railing.
a circular saw and handsaw are used for cutting the stringers you’ve marked
the second video below shows how to build a fancy staircase railing