More stories about VIRGINIA

  • Hand Saw and Chainsaw Perform Silent Night

    It’s the age-old musical question: acoustic, electric, or gas?

  • Super Cooper

    Walk into Norm Pederson's cooper shop, and you'll feel like you've stepped back into the 1850s. Lit by daylight and heated by a woodstove, this mid-19th century building is part of Historic Richmond Town on New York's Staten Island. When not working as one of the island's ferrymen, it is here that...

  • Portable Planers

    When I was working as a wooden boat builder, there were times that I couldn't tell where my hand ended and my portable planer began; no tool got used more. Since I've used these tools so much, I'm sensitive to their features and performance, and I take poor design and false promises about them...

  • Table Saw Savvy

    Two experts share their tips on how to get the most out of table saws.

  • Jobsite Generators

    My two partners and I have three lifetimes of carpentry and building experience between us. Our company, Ace Carpentry, frames and trims new homes in Northern Virginia. Our framers tilt up about 600 houses, and our trim crews finish close to 2,000 houses a year.

  • Low-Angle Block Planes

  • Joe Youcha

  • Do You Believe in Magic?

    A piece of life's puzzle fell into place for me last week: The connection between Knowledge and Magic. First, I got an e-mail from reader Joe Novack, a former contractor and director of the Building Trades Department at Madison County High School in Virginia, asking us to spend more time promoting...

  • New Tools, Hands On

    In my snowboard manufacturing shop, we use a circular saw primarily for cross-cutting hardwood lumber to rough lengths prior to laminating it into blocks. This operation is all about speed. With thousands of feet of lumber in 16-foot lengths delivered at once, we really need to move through the...