• Plywood Turns 100

    Industry celebrates anniversary in Portland, Ore.

     
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    Give Me a Break

    Here's a good one: As of this past February, the 14th to be exact, young carpenters and roofers, and any other 16- or 17-year-olds trying to get a start in the construction trades, are banned by the Department of Labor (DOL) from working 'upon or in close proximity to a roof' because of the...

     
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    Out of the Chute

    Few places in construction are mistakes harder to correct than the surface of a concrete slab, so you've got to pay attention to the basics if you want to get the quality and finish your customers expect, whether it's a driveway, patio, or floor deck.

     
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    2005 Editors' Choice Awards

    Cracking the code, cutting a new edge, shifting a paradigm, or re-imagining the commonplace are the traits that drive companies, designers, and engineers forward. They are what makes them great at their jobs and what compels them to create the new tools, ideas, and innovations that make it easier...

     
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    Tool Storage

     
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    Framing With Light-Gauge Steel

    I learned how to frame with 2-by sticks, and in those days the idea of framing with steel was about as foreign to me as speaking Russian. But after setting up shop in New York City, fire codes and commercial building practices left me with no alternative, so now I speak Russian.

     
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    Harry Bryan, Wooden Boat Builder

    People think I don't use power tools,' said my friend Harry Bryan, a wooden boat builder and designer I was visiting on the coast of New Brunswick, Canada. Maybe that's because his shop is unusual: It's off the grid.

     
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    14-Inch Band Saws

    Before I went into woodworking and custom boat building, I built and remodeled houses. Oddly, some of my earliest band saw work came framing a cloverleaf-shaped custom home. We spent days pushing 2x12s through the boss's rickety band saw, making miles of curved plates and parts for a funky mansard...

     
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    Straight-Magazine Finish Nailers

    In the old days it was easy to pick out the better finish nailer because cool features like depth adjustment, no-mar caps, and swing-out noses for clearing jambs were few and far between. Now these features–and more–are pretty much standard on most pro-grade nailers, and the definition of a 'good'...