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
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 + 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
Every so often I discover someone whose passion for craftsmanship is strong enough to endure a lifetime spent doing something else. That’s why Ottawa, Canada timber framer Ray Gibbs is worth meeting. He spent a 34-year career working as an […]Continue Reading
In this week’s video episode, see how threaded steel pipes can be used to make excellent light fixtures; learn how specific sizes & types of steel pipe fittings make sense for light fixtures; discover an inexpensive light socket that works well with a specific size of steel fitting . . .Continue Reading
Want to build your own exterior door? Everything you need to get started is right here. Click to learn.Continue Reading
UPDATED 14 Dec2019: In 2018 I discovered a Canadian work glove manufacturer that I’m surprised I hadn’t found before. I use work gloves almost every day, but never thought much about glove design until I came across a British Columbia, […]Continue Reading
A number of years ago I was asked to testify in a lawsuit involving a father who fell off a ladder building a shed for his adult son. This man was suing his son for not providing a safe working […]Continue Reading