Trimwork & Cabinetry

Why do My Miters Suck?

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Two reasons: you're not paying attention, or you're doing it wrong

 

A miter joint is any joint between two boards—or other building material—that form an angle, where each piece is cut to an equal angle, which is half the angle of the joint. Typically, this refers to two 45-degree miter cuts forming a 90-degree angle.

Unless we're talking about remodeling...

 

The Gruesome Tale of FrankenDoor

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Some original bones and mashed up meat make a door whose secret is safe

Crown Molding Q&A: Matching Crown Molding Profiles Up the Rake

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When the humps don't match the bumps, you need a second molding profile—or you can eliminate the plumb cut

 

Draw Perfect Arcs for Big Gates

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A couple of sticks are all you need to scribe smooth arcs that cover wide work pieces

Essential Woodworking Jigs

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Four jigs are all you need to set up a mobile cabinet shop

A Laser Jig for Quicker Leveling

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Created by a cabinet maker, this simple jig allows you to quickly gauge the relative elevation of multiple points.

How To Scribe Wood To Stone

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An organic post base connection that sheds water and looks like a million bucks

 

Start to Finish Stair Trim-Out Project

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From sizing up the job to setting the newel posts on a stain-grade set of winders

The Woodworker: 1940 Vocational Guidance Film

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A film on the many aspects of woodworking that go into building things with wood—including a pre-robot look at technology displacing workers

 

Perfect-Width Dadoes: No Math, No Jigs

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Use scraps to offset the straight edge allowing you to cut each edge of the dado with opposite edges of a router bit

 

How to Make Millwork—Minus The Molder

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Many remodels require matching an existing trim profile for new doors or windows.  When an old profile isn't available, you can make new pieces with a little bit of 'millwork magic'—and a giant pencil

Sweet Tip for Removing Buried Baseboard

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Additional layers of flooring can bury baseboards making them look squat (bad) and difficult to remove (worse).

Shop-Made Kitchen Cabinet Boxes

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Kitchen cabinet carcasses are just four-sided cubes made with plywood and simple joinery. Repetition is the name of this game.

Scalable Tuscan Order Dimensions With A SketchUp 'Calculator'

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Put away the abacus, Hoss—here's a Visual Construction Calculator for your proportional processing ponderances