We Now Have eBooks!
We put together a nice set of ebooks containing our articles and plans. Check them out here.
Are You Smarter Than a First Year Apprentice?
Take our fun little construction quiz
and find out!
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
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
Stairs 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
Standard size picnic table
for your back yard or on your deck just like those in picnic table parks.
Pick 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
We have regular dog house plans
and insulated dog house plans
Complete Set of Bedroom Furniture
Dave 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
and Entertainment Center
Bike Storage Shed Plans
This 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
This is a downloadable package of the complete How to Build Stairs
series including our stair calculator
How to Build a Deck Series
New 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
Dave 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?
How to build Lapeyre or alternating tread stairs for your loft or attic storage.
Concrete Form Calculator
Dan 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
Here's a new article explaining how to shim up and hang a pre hung door.
Cutting Crown Molding
Dave 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
Some 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
Dave shows the diy home handyman how to build an exterior door and jamb from scratch, which is wider or taller than a conventional door.
Dave shares with us the checklist he uses for estimating the overall costs of the construction contracts he bids on.
More New Remodeling Articles
Here'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
Dave 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
We'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
Dave 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
Dan 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
This 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.
We added the calculation of the stair opening to this tool for you to calculate exact measurements when building stairs.