More stories about Carpentry

  • What's up with Canadian Woodworkers?

    And I mean that in a good way. I keep running across incredible inventions by Canadian woodworkers and it makes me wonder if there's something in the water up there or if maybe they get snowed in and spend all winter in the shop.

  • Scandinavia's Answer to the Utility Knife

    European tradespeople are not into the kind of generic utility knives used in this country; they prefer sheathed knives because they are better for heavy-duty work and can be designed for specific trades such as plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and painting.

  • Product Watch: Easy Scriber

    Most carpenters scribe with a compass or a small block of wood. That works fine but requires a practiced hand to keep the pencil line parallel to the scribed surface. The M.Power Perfect Butt Profile Scriber makes the task easier. 

  • Product Watch: Feature-Rich Finish Gun

    Bostitch recently upgraded its 15-gauge finish nailer with an eye toward making life easier for the trim carpenter. The gun has a small, thumb-operated blowgun for clearing away dust and debris and a small battery-powered LED on the nose.

  • An Introduction is in Order

    My name is David Frane and I am the new editor of TOOLS OF THE TRADE. This is a dream job for me because I have been fascinated by tools since the age of five, when my father gave me a hammer and handsaw and turned me loose on a pile of scrap wood. As an adult, I spent 20 years doing new...

  • Jevons Tool 3D Squares

    Jevons Tool 3D Squares are designed to aid in clamping casework corners and other joinery.

  • A Carpenter's Favorite iPhone Apps

    Last year I replaced my cellphone with an Apple iPhone, a smartphone that allows me to check my e-mail and go online.

  • Fast Job-Site Joinery

    Finish carpentry is all about making joints quickly and accurately.

  • Two New Right-Angle Cordless Drivers

    My first right-angle drill was a small corded model that other carpenters were always asking to borrow.

  • First Test: Mitertite Assembly System

    Stretch clamps are provided to help pull the miter together and keep the two members making the joint from rotating around the single pocket screw. The stretch clamps are a great product all by themselves and will find other uses apart from the Mitertite application.