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New home improvement remodeling articles and woodworking plans

We Now Have eBooks!ebook 10

We put together a nice set of ebooks containing our articles and plans. Check them out here.

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Check out Dave's answers to your questions

No question is too difficult or "too simple". If you don't know, just ask Dave. He earned his Journeyman's ticket half a century ago and has improved his knowledge of building ever since as carpenter, foreman and contractor.

New Series on Building Your Own House

Building Your Own House Dave starts off a new series of articles on How to Build a House. The first is entitled The Building Lot and Plan where Dave discusses the importance of getting the building lot and house plans as a compatible unit.

How to Build Stairs

Building Deck StairsStairs can be difficult even for professional carpenters. Dave explains each detail and gives simple diagrams to make it easy to build stairs.

Picnic Table Plans

Picnic table imageStandard size picnic table for your back yard or on your deck just like those in picnic table parks.

Gazebo Plans

gazebo imagePick and choose the gazebo style you'd like to build. We have gazebos with or without skylights and octagonal gazebos: Gazebo 10'x10' With Skylight, Gazebo 12'x12' Hip Roof, Gazebo 12'x12' With Skylight, Gazebo Hip Roof 10'x10', Gazebo Octagon 12'.

Dog House Plans

doghouse imageWe have regular dog house plans and insulated dog house plans.

Complete Set of Bedroom Furniture

bed imageDave made up a set of plans for each item of a complete set of bedroom furniture that you can veneer in cherry or any other wood you prefer. The series includes: King Size Bed, 4 Drawer Dresser, 11 Drawer Dresser, End Table, Bedside Night Table, Wardrobe and Entertainment Center.

Bike Storage Shed Plans

bike storage shed imageThis is a custom bike storage shed plan for Curtis, my son-in-law, which I thought you may be interested in. Curtis lives in a strata townhouse and wanted this bike storage shed design to fit into his strata requirements.

Complete Stairs Package

our stairs packageThis is a downloadable package of the complete How to Build Stairs series including our stair calculator.

How to Build a Deck Series

building a deckNew series of articles on building a deck. The first is entitled Raised Backyard Wood Deck from the foundation all the way up!

Buffet and China Cabinet Plans

cabinet imageDave gives basic instructions to complete the construction of this cabinet as well as how to apply the stain or clear finish. The buffet is separate from the upper glass door china cabinet.

Ever Heard of Lapeyre Stairs?

lapeyre stairs imageHow to build Lapeyre or alternating tread stairs for your loft or attic storage.

Concrete Form Calculator

our concrete calculatorDan created another calculator for you. This one figures out how much concrete goes into any size of concrete form.

How to Hang a Pre-Hung Door

pre-hung doorHere's a new article explaining how to shim up and hang a pre hung door.

Cutting Crown Molding

crown moldingDave just wrote several articles including an extensive table to help you with how to cut crown molding that's wider than 3½ inches using a compound miter saw.

Member Project Photos

our members photosSome great photos from Members who built using our plans and articles. Send us your photos and show them to the world!

How To Build a Door

building a doorDave shows the diy home handyman how to build an exterior door and jamb from scratch, which is wider or taller than a conventional door.

Estimate Checklist

Dave shares with us the checklist he uses for estimating the overall costs of the construction contracts he bids on.

More New Remodeling Articles

remodelingHere's another three new home remodeling articles: How to Cope an Inside Corner, How to Cut and Install Crown molding Around a Ceiling, How to Install a Rounded Corner in a Door Opening and How to Install and Finish Drywall.

How to Read a Tape Measure

tape measureDave just created a new series that lets you in on the secrets carpenters learn during their apprenticeships. The first two home improvement remodeling articles are: How to Read a Tape Measure and How to Make a Straight Cut with a Circular Saw.

Free Storage Shed Plans

storage shedWe've got three new storage shed plans free to our members: a small gambrel roof storage shed (looks like a barn), a large barn roof storage shed with a loft and a utility storage shed that can double as a small workshop.

How to Install a Skylight in an Existing Roof

skylightDave gives do-it-yourself home improvement remodeling people the exact steps you need to install a skylight in your house.

Linear to Board Feet Calculator

our construction converterDan added an easy way to convert your board lengths to board feet in his new conversion calculator.

Construction Conversion Calculator

Here's a simple calculator that converts the measurements most used in the building trades.

New Roof Articles

roofThis series shows you how to use a framing square when building a roof, how to calculate roof pitch and how to frame a hip roof.

Stair Calculator

stair calculatorWe added the calculation of the stair opening to this tool for you to calculate exact measurements when building stairs.

Home improvement remodeling advice.

Home Improvement Tips

Basics 1: Power Tool Safety
Basics 2: Lumber Dimensions, Wood Grades and Engineered Wood
Basics 3: How to Read a Tape Measure
Basics 4: How to Make a Straight Cut with a Circular Saw

Cabinets 1: Frameless Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinets 2: How to Build Face Frame European Cabinets
Cabinets 3: How to Make Cabinet Doors
Cabinets 4: How to Make a Formica Counter Top

Concrete Work 1: Exposed Aggregate Driveway

Deck 1: Raised Backyard Wood Deck
Deck 2: Deck Railing
Deck 3: Deck Design
Deck 4: Deck Stairs
Deck 5: Deck Stairs with Returns

Electrical 1: Electrical Safety
Electrical 2: How to Wire a Three Way Switch
Electrical 3: Home Wiring Tips

Fun 1: Construction Quiz
Fun 2: Construction Words Quiz
Fun 3: Contest

Going Green 1: Tips

How to Build a House 1: House Lot and House Plans
How to Build a House 2: The Concrete Foundation
How to Build a House 3: Services, Concrete Slab and Backfill
How to Build a House 4: Install Aluminum or Vinyl Soffits
How to Build a House 5: How to Install Vinyl Siding

Jigs 1: Table Saw Feather Board
Jigs 2: Table Saw Push Stick
Jigs 3: Dado Router Jig
Jigs 4: Feather Wedge Table Saw Jig
Jigs 5: Table Saw Tapering Jig
Jigs 6: Circular Saw Guide
Jigs 7: Woodworking Compass
Jigs 8: Circular Saw Cutting Jig

Plumbing and Ventilation 1: Plumbing Rough-in Dimensions and Instructions
Plumbing and Ventilation 2: How to Remove and Replace Plumbing Fixtures
Plumbing and Ventilation 3: Questions on Plumbing and Ventilation

Remodeling 1: Mold and What to Do About It
Remodeling 2: Moisture and Humidity Problems in the Home
Remodeling 3: Home Improvement Ideas
Remodeling 4: How to Frame a Wall
Remodeling 5: How to Install a Window in an Existing Wall
Remodeling 6: How to Make a Drop Ceiling
Remodeling 7: How to Install a Skylight in an Existing Roof
Remodeling 8: How to Install a Laminate Floor
Remodeling 9: How to Install a Hardwood Floor
Remodeling 10: How to Lay Ceramic Tile
Remodeling 11: How to Cope and Install Crown Molding
Remodeling 12: How to Cut Crown Molding
Remodeling 13: Cutting Wide Crown Molding and Cove Molding
Remodeling 14: How to Install an Arch in an Opening
Remodeling 15: How to Build a Door
Remodeling 16: How to Hang a Door
Remodeling 17: How to Install a Prehung Door
Remodeling 18: How to Install a Pocket Door
Remodeling 19: How to Replace a Sliding Patio Door
Remodeling 20: How to Hang and Finish Drywall
Remodeling 21: How to Build a Wheelchair Ramp
Remodeling 22: Wood Framing Answers
Remodeling 23: Remodeling Finishing Answers
Remodeling 24: Remodeling Answers

Roof 1: Rafter Tables on the Framing Square
Roof 2: Calculating a Roof Pitch
Roof 3: How to Build a Hip Roof
Roof 4: How to Install Roof Trusses
Roof 5: Re-Roofing a Roof
Roof 6: Insulation and Soffits
Roof 7: Roof Framing Tips

Seasonal 1: Fall
Seasonal 2: Winter Proof Your Home
Seasonal 3: Christmas
Seasonal 4: Spring

Stairs 1: How to Build Stairs
Stairs 2: How to Cut a Stair Stringer
Stairs 3: Stair Calculator
Stairs 4: Installing a Landing in a Staircase
Stairs 5: How to Install an Inside Handrail
Stairs 6: Installing Hardwood on Stairs
Stairs 7: How to Build Concrete Steps
Stairs 8: Lapeyre or Alternating Tread Stairs
Stairs 9: Answers about Stairs

Tables 1: Rafter Tables
Tables 2: Span Tables for Joists
Tables 3: Span Tables for Rafters
Tables 4: Common Conversions
Tables 5: Conversion Calculator
Tables 6: Nail Table
Tables 7: Penny Nail
Tables 8: Cutting Crown Molding
Tables 9: Concrete Volume Calculator
Tables 10: Fractions to Decimals and Decimals to Fractions
Tables 11: Inches to Decimal Foot
Tables 12: Construction Estimating Checklist
Tables 13: Weights of Materials

Upholstery 1: Upholstery Answers

Useful Stuff 1: Simple Steam Box
Useful Stuff 2: Cleaning Vinyl Siding
Useful Stuff 3: Dave's Basic Tools
Useful Stuff 4: Home Improvement Tips
Useful Stuff 5: The National Building Code
Useful Stuff 6: How to Renovate an Old Camper
Useful Stuff 7: Home Safety Tips

Woodworking Plans

Bedroom Furniture: 4 Drawer Dresser
Bedroom Furniture: 11 Drawer Dresser
Bedroom Furniture: End Table
Bedroom Furniture: Entertainment Center
Bedroom Furniture: King Size Bed
Bedroom Furniture: Night Table
Bedroom Furniture: Queen Bed & Drawers
Bedroom Furniture: Wardrobe
Bench Seat
Bookcase 3'x5'
Buffet and China Cabinet
Carpenter Tool Box
Child's Doll Cradle
Child's Picnic Table
Child's Table and Chairs
Child Bench Seat Toy Box
Corner Cabinet
Corner Shelves
Doghouse for Mid Size Dog
Doghouse for Small Dog
Gazebo 10'x10' With Skylight
Gazebo 12'x12' Hip Roof
Gazebo 12'x12' With Skylight
Gazebo 3600mm Square with Hip Roof
Gazebo Hip Roof 10'x10'
Gazebo Octagon 12'
Lazy Susan
Mission Entertainment Center
Outboard Motor Stand
Patio Cover
Picnic Table
Shed 5'x10' Bike Storage
Shed 6'x8' Lean-To Roof
Shed 8'x12' Gambrel Roof
Shed 10'x10' Gambrel Roof With Loft
Shed 10'x12' Gambrel Roof
Shed 10'x12' Garden
Shed 12'x16' Gambrel Roof With Loft
Shed 12'x16' Gambrel without Loft
Shed 12'x16' Utility
Shop Work Bench Table
Stair Calculator
Stairs Package
Sunshine Ceiling
Wheel Chair Ramp
Wishing Well

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