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Category Archives: Materials, Tools & Techniques

Ground Contact, Schmound Contact

Ground Contact, Schmound Contact

The other day I was doing a couple little odds and ends around my mom’s house. One of the things I had to do was fix her little pergola. One of the posts had sunk and the pergola was becoming a sorry looking affair. I figured the bottom of the post was rotting a bit […]

GO Home

GO Home

I really love this little house. If I were going to build a new home for my family it would be something like this. This company up in Maine is really onto something (www.gologic.us). Not only are they building homes to the Passive House standard, but they are doing it for a square foot cost […]

Collins Coping Foot

Collins Coping Foot

cope [kohp] verb1.to struggle or deal, especially on fairly even terms or with some degree of success (usually followed by with ): I will try to cope with his rudeness. First a little disclaimer, Betsy doesn’t like these wonky carpentry posts but it is my post and I can get wonky if I want to. […]

Japanese Block Plane

Japanese Block Plane

This little Japanese Block plane is quickly becoming the go to tool in my trim carpentry pouch. I got it on the recommendation of Yann Giguere of Mokuchi woodworking. Japanese Hand planes and tools in general took a little bit of getting used to. For one they cut on the pull stroke instead of the […]