Archive for the 'Carpentry' Category

Will you choose the cheap contractor? Or the artist?

A few months ago, my friend (who I’ll call Clare for the sake of this true story) was in the position to choose a contractor for the small, charming century-old house she gutted and is bringing back to life. Clare got full bids from two contractors. Contractor Artisan’s bid was more expensive by 10s of [...]

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Would you sacrifice square footage for charm?

When famed kitchen designer Susan Serra visited Copenhagen this month, she stayed in this apartment and sent back this photo. In this living room, I was struck by the deep-set windows, which add so much charm. It creates a feeling of thick walls, and provides shelves for plants, flowers and other things of beauty, and provides a [...]

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Mississippi tradesman rings the opening bell at New York Stock Exchange

Congratulations to this handsome hunk of a man, Delwyn Thornton, of Brandon, Miss., who won a skills contest — gripping, marking, clamping, sawing and drilling — put on by Irwin Tools. As part of his honors, he got to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. Other than enjoying the visual of [...]

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New York carpenter remembered as hero to New Orleans Fire Department — Times-Picayune

As the casket was carried out of the church, a group of New Orleans firefighters wearing dress blues snapped to attention and saluted, choking back tears. Gerry Crimmins, of the New York District Council of Carpenters Labor Technical College, signs a beam at Engine 38 fire house in New Orleans in August, 2009. The New [...]

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Jennifer Aniston’s sumptuous bed: DIY instructions here

When Jennifer Aniston’s home turned up in Architectural Digest last month, the bed in the master bedroom really caught my eye. As you can see above, it’s an oversized platform with two “ears” for low-slung night stands. I can imagine one of those ultra-comfortable memory foam mattresses sitting atop this platform. It’s just too yummy. [...]

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Downed walnut tree milled into kitchen cabinets

The cabinets in this South Dakota home were milled from a felled black walnut tree. If you’ve ever had to cut down a tree around your house, you know how sad that can be. On one hand, the tree might cause you trouble. It might be dying and in danger of falling. It might shed [...]

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What is it with men and wood?

Today I came across a headline in the Los Angeles Times about Patrice Pinaquy, who makes wooden furniture so intricate that it seems to come from the 17th Century.  Oh goody, I thought, a story about a woman who makes furniture. And isn't the piece you see here gorgeous and feminine? When I got to [...]

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New online magazine from a rock star of carpentry

Gary M. Katz, right, travels the country teaching enthralled carpenters how to do perfect their craft. Typically, the workshops and clinics are crowded or standing room only. Gary has become like a rock star in the world of carpenters. Gary's new online magazine, This Is Carpentry I hope I'm not insulting any earnest do-it-yourselfers, but [...]

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Bullnose corners are great, but what about the baseboard trim?

You’re familiar with bullnose corners, right? Rounded, elegant, rich-looking. But what do you do about the baseboard moldings? You can’t very well finish them off with standard squared-off, 90-degree moldings. On his Build or Remodel Your Own House blog, Carl Heldmann offers some suggestions from Distinctive Woodcraft West. The corner molding shown here has a [...]

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