Characteristics of a Good Carpenter

Characteristics of a Good Carpenter

Carpentry is a dangerous profession. Woodworking involves a variety of different tools, including saws, drills, and nail guns. In the workshop, it is important to keep in mind that it only takes one moment of poor judgment to lose an eye, a finger, or more. As a carpenter, you must have certain qualities that help…

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Barney & Carey Co. Inc. Honored With Membership in the LBM Century Club

Barney & Carey Co. Inc., of Avon, MA, has been named to LBM Journal magazine’s LBM Century Club, in recognition of the company’s 100 years of service to its community. “We’re honoring lumberyards with a century or more of service to their communities and to our industry,” says LBM Journal Publisher and Executive Editor Rick…

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The (Un)Usual Suspects: Really Unusual Walnut Slabs

Unusual Walnut Slabs

I am always on the hunt to buy wide hardwood slabs from our network of small sawmills, but it gets harder and harder to find them, as demand is high. Walnut is always scarce, because there just aren’t that many Walnut trees here in New England. Tree companies come across them occasionally when a homeowner…

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Tips for Woodworking Beginners

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If you enjoy building things with your hands, you might consider picking up the craft of woodworking. Creative and practical, woodworking can be a fulfilling hobby or trade. These tips can help you get started if you’re new to woodworking. Invest in the Right Tools You should assemble all the necessary tools before beginning your…

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Woodworking and the Lost Art of Mentoring

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Many people have asked me over the years how I first got started in woodworking. From a very young age, I was always fascinated by anything to do with construction. I used to go to building sites near my home and pick up scraps of lumber, from which I would make rudimentary projects. I took…

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Installing Crown Molding Around Your Home

Crown molding can provide a seamless transition between your walls and ceiling. Whether you have floor-to-ceiling cabinets or just want to spice up your room space, adding crown moldings can add a classy flair to your decor. With the following tips, you can install these moldings stress-free around your home. Plan Your Style Before you…

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How To Choose Built-In Furniture

Making the spaces in your home work well for you can be a challenge sometimes. You may have an odd corner or a room that is an awkward size, making it difficult to find ready-made furniture to fit. Alternatively, you may have specific guidelines that nothing seems to match. Custom built-ins resolve both these issues.…

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More Than Just Little Pieces of Wood, Because It’s More Than “Just a Hobby”

Most woodworking hobbyists don’t need long lengths of hardwood, especially if they are crafting a small project. Unfortunately, most hardwood companies are geared toward being strictly wholesale, with few exceptions. They don’t look kindly upon the person who asks if they will cut a two-foot piece of 8/4 x 10 Mahogany, or a one-foot piece…

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3 Questions to Ask An Expert Carpenter

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You’ve decided to hire an expert for your next big woodworking project. This is an excellent choice; there is so much to the craft which will be second nature to a master carpenter that would be daunting for a DIYer. Here are three questions to ask any carpenter before engaging their services. 1. What Is…

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The Mindset of Woodworking

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As a boy, I was introduced to woodworking by my uncle, who was an electrician, but knew his way around carpentry, as well. Better yet, I had two great uncles, from the “old country,” who had been expert carpenters, and one a stair builder. One of them was the father of the founder of a…

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