Carpentry

How to Mortise a Door Hinge

Door Hinge Being InstalledFor residential passage and entryway doors, butt hinges are used; they require a full mortise so that the hinge surface is flush with the door and jamb. You can make the mortise either by hand, using a chisel, or with a router, with or without a template.

Engineered Wood I Joists

Engineered Wood Rafters and Ceiling JoistsAs 1960s architecture introduced open plan living spaces the need for longer and longer wooden joists became apparent, resulting in the development of engineered wood I joists in 1969.

Although conventional lumber joists over 16 feet long were available they were both cumbersome to handle and, for most domestic buildings, prohibitively expensive. With more and more people wanting to build homes based on large open plan designs the market was ripe for the introduction of a cheaper joist to support floors, without compromising the integrity of the floor.

Engineered Wood Joists

Mitering Cornices

Old Fashioned Cornice BookMitering cornices can be a frustrating job if you are not sure of what you are doing. There are special tools available that will assist you with the job though.

Toe Nailing Joists

Some people may say the art of toe nailing is getting old or is a lost art. We argue that toe nailing will always be around simply because there are some things, like joists, that just cannot be done without a well driven toe nail.

Installing Casing Molding

Installing case molding around the doors after hanging the doors will cover up the edge of the drywall and the wood and shims you have used for hanging the door. This part of the home DIY project is one that is easy enough to do, but you will have to make some cuts to make the two sides and the top case molding fit together. To make the cuts in the case molding you will use a miter box.