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Gary Katz

Gary Katz is a frequent contributor to JLC and a presenter at JLC Live. He produces the Katz Roadshow and publishes THISisCarpentry.com.

Gary Katz's Posts

Honor Your Craft Honor Your Craft

Master carpenter and educator Gary Katz offers his perspective on being a tradesman,respecting whatever is your craft, and earning the respect you deserve. Read more

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A Tool Is Born A Tool Is Born

We often say the best ideas are born on jobsites by toolhounds looking for a better way. The Big Foot Saw is no exception. Read more

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Site Lines: Great Gadgets Site Lines: Great Gadgets

Like most finish carpenters, I've had my share of countersink bits. In the last 10 years or so, I've grown very fond of one brand of two-piece tapered countersink bits because they cut just the right size and shape of hole for drywall screws. But controlling the exact depth of the countersink so that the screw heads end up at precisely the same depth relative to the surface has always been frustrating. Plus, when the pilot bits break, it's not always easy to get replacements, and they're expensive. Besides, after heavy use, the countersink cutters dull, too, so why buy new parts? Read more

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Steve Phipps, IDMM System, Woodland Hills, Calif. Steve Phipps, IDMM System, Woodland Hills, Calif.

If Steve Phipps can't find a tool from his collection to use in building custom cabinets, doors, and windows, he'll make one. When I'm looking for a special radius jamb and entry door or a houseful of bifold windows and doors, or the sweetest hardwood kitchen, Phipps is the guy I turn to first. He makes some of the finest circle-top sash available, even those fancy radius muntins for Gothic tracery. Read more

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