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Building A Five Dollar Shed Door PART 1

Part 1 of 3 “Building a five dollar shed door”
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Trend Lock Jig at

Jig for cutting door lock recesses with a router. This jig uses a set of interchangeable templates & with a router will cut the mortise & face-plate recess for popular door locks. For most common sash mortises & dead locks, with up to 3 inch deep mortises & a 7/8 inch or 1inch face-plate. Deeper mortises can be achieved with a suitable size of auger bit.

How to make a hockey stick shaped curved door – Laminate curved panels and doors of any dimension with the Curvomatic system. Available worldwide! For more instructional videos visit our channel niche1975

Door fix 1

Ellis Craft Home Improvements: In this video I describe how I went about fixing a door that is dragging at the jamb on the strike side. Some basic carpentry skills are required and some carpentry tools. You’ll need a chizel , drill , 3″ screws, and a hammer for sure.
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Your Questions About Carpenter Tools

Mark asks…

Should I have hired a carpenter to install interior doors?

I hired a handyman to install five interior doors in existing door frames. The old doors were no longer available. These are just hollow, primed six-panel pressed woodgrain doors from HD.

The doors needed to be trimmed for width and length. Although he said he had a power planer, it looks like he used it for the side of just one door – that one was trimmed evenly. All the other trimming must have been done with his oscillating multitool. Those doors show saw marks/gouges and the cuts are uneven – if I hold a straightedge along the cuts, there are 1/16 to 1/8 and even 1/4 inch gaps; one door bottom looks concave, another looks convex, another is just wavy. I think enough material may have been removed that there isn’t room left to fix them, if that’s even possible.

I loaned him my router and jig to mortise the hinges. For two doors, the bottom hinge mortise didn’t line up with the existing mortise in the door frame, so he chiseled one door frame mortise to make it longer, the other both longer and wider.

I trusted him to have the tools and skills to do the work when he accepted the job. I didn’t look over his shoulder every minute. I didn’t see these problems until I set up one of the doors for what I thought would be light sanding, then painting.

What do you think I should do? I can’t do a lot of fixing myself due to a sore shoulder. To me, it looks like the doors are ruined. How would one fix a wavy, gouged cut?

Was it too much to expect a handyman to trim a door evenly, and leave it ready for light sanding and paint?

Dusty answers:

It is not too much to expect. He should have done a better job. Maybe you could get some kind of metal edge trim to cover the errors at the bottom edge.

When trimming doors, which are usually covered with a veneer that splinters easily, you should use a saw guide, which is like a rip fence that you clamp across the face of the door and use that to guide the saw. In addition, once you know where the saw kerf will land, you score the face of the door just ABOVE the cut using a sharp utility knife, such that as the saw pulls up the wood fibers, they break at the cut, and not above it. Just a light score ~1/32″ is adequate. That produces a very clean edge that can be easily stained if any light colored wood shows between the score and the cut. Typically 1/16 th of an inch or less, depending on the skills and the accuracy of the saw, etc.

David asks…

I want to find juicy plans 4 carpenter projects?

I work as a union carpenter, and often make job built projects out of dementional lumber and plywood. I like to add to my repretrar any fast, solid and highly resourcefull designs or techniques. for a job built; door or window box out (buck) saw horse, blueprint stand, dog house, electrician box, benches, coffee table, miter box, templeate developments, storage bins coat rack, tool box, marksing guage, cumpus, party tray. also any techniques for radius, ellispes, gussets, push sticks, knot tying, rigging, books and especially sign language. I know this is a very broad subject and there are many things out there but if you know of spacifics that have help you please let know.

Dusty answers:

Go to google, type in ,”woodworking”

Richard asks…

What’s the best tool to cut round corners or semi circles with wood?

I’m new to this carpentering thing but I’m gonna give it a shot. My main concern is cutting round or circular end or edges. I heard of a jigsaw knife but is there something better? Also do you just paint wood or do you have to put a finish on it first? All comments will help thanks everyone.

Dusty answers:

Not entirely sure what you are asking ,

to round the square corners of a flat piece of wood looking down at it – jig saw, or sander

the actual edge top and bottom -router or sander

paint wood indoors or outdoors good practice to prime first then paint, exterior more important to prime, indoors not so much, priming helps help keep no. Of coats down, Kilz primer or similar , water based

Maria asks…

Do you think the butler SAW the carpenters tool?

Dusty answers:

I wood think so

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Mark asks…

Extension cord help, what’s an Amp anyway???

My garage is wired with 20 A dedicated outlets which I use for my woodworking tools. I am not a genius when it comes to electrical stuff, but I heard that having 20A dedicated outlets is good, even my table saw manufacturer says that the saw is rated at 15A, but having a 20A outlet is better. Does this mean that the saw can draw 20A? My question is about extension cords. I haven’t seen any that are rated at 20A. so can I not use a regular 15A rated extension cord for my tools? I wanted to get an extension cord and run a shop vac and my table saw at the same time. am I going to fry the cord or damage my tools or blow the breaker? What kind of cords should I buy, it doesn’t have to be long (< 25’). Any detailed explanation as to the “why” would be helpful, thanks.

Dusty answers:

Electricity can be compared to a water pipe…..higher pressure is like higher voltage, it will puncture though an insulater easier, like 9 volts will not poke though your skin but 120 volts will …. Amps is like the volume of water , like 10 amps being a half-inch water pipe and a hundred amps being a 2 inch pipe……that’s where the similarities end…. Amps create heat that melt the insulation on a wire if overloaded….. You need to look around more, there are 12 gauge extension cords, which is rated for the 20 amps…. Your breaker may trip with both pieces of equipment running, if so, see if you can find a different circuit for the shop vac.

The cord would melt if used for prolonged periods at a time, and your saw will not draw 20 amps, as far as damaging the equipment, not likely but why take a chance.

A 14 awg (gauge) COPPER wire extension cord (not aluminum) can be used for short duty cycles (short being 2 or 3 minutes max) but for a continuous duty, you definitely want the larger wire. When using the smaller gauge wire do not coil it up on the floor when in use, this will create more heat, but lay it on the cool cement floor and it will be OK.

A cord similar to this one will do

Steven asks…

any ideas for maximizing a 14′x14′ shop. Primary use is woodworking.?

It is a 14×14 ft. shed. I will have basic wood working tools. No tablesaw. Maybe even a good web site for setting up a shop.

Dusty answers:

In that small of space you must put everything on casters so it can be put next to a wall and brought out one tool at a time for use. If you put in shelves place them high enough on the wall that your tools will fit under them. !4×14 is more than doable you might have to roll your work bench so as to use the open door space to extend work out the door.
Yeah I had a 12×12 shop for a couple of years and made some fine furniture. It just takes a little longer. You’ll be fine
Good luck

Ken asks…

How can I go about making a simple dining table?

I don’t know anything about woodworking, nor do I have any woodworking tools. So, whatever I build will have to be VERY simple! I thought about maybe using columns for legs. Would that even work?

Dusty answers:

I was in a home improvement store (Lowe’s) w/ my husband the other day, and found in the lumber section that they have large, round, wooden table tops already sanded and varnished, various sizes. I was looking at them for a niece who needed a small table for her 1st apt. They were very reasonable, and they also have a variety of legs/posts that look like legs that you can buy and paint. If you need them cut down, they will do it for something like .50 cents per cut, so make sure you have your measurements for what height you need for your chairs, etc. With you. I think maybe the tops had predrilled holes, so you could put the legs in with wood glue and finishing nails, and – PRESTO – instant table! Be sure to buy the stick-on pieces of felt or cork for the bottom of the table legs to keep them from scratching your floor.
You can probably find one very cheap that you can just sand and repaint at a yard or estate sale, if you have a Sat. Morning to scavenge around. Have fun – it always seems to make it more “yours” when you build it / redo it yourself.

Nancy asks…

All around best book/website for primitive living trades?

Looking for a book that teaches… i use the word “primitive”, but what i mean is teaches trades and lifestyles of simpler times. No machines and what have you. Things like woodworking with hand tools, blacksmithing, using plants and herbs for remedies, wilderness survival/living, farming and such trades that are otherwise modernized now-a-days. Thanks

Dusty answers:

Check out Homesteading. There are a ton of sites and they will lead you to the subjects you want to learn about.

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Betty asks…

How can I turn my built-in dishwasher into a portable one?

I was recently given a slightly used dishwasher but I have no counter space for it, so I decided I would just convert it to a portable one. I have all the hoses and everything to make it functional but there is no cabinet. Not only is it ugly, but you can’t open the door without it falling over. Are there any pre-built cabinets or anything to help counter balance the door? I don’t have access to woodworking tools, so building one is out of the question.

Dusty answers:

Hi Joshua. Converting it to a portable one is (as you’ve already discovered) not going to be an easy fix. Yes, it can be done, but you would have to make your own counterweights, remove the leveling feet and replace them with wheels, hook up longer electrical cords and plumbing hoses, etc. Etc. Etc. Then, you would still need to make some sort of cabinet as none of them come with full cabinets since they are designed to go under counters. So all in all, yes it CAN be done, but it’s going to be a lot of work, a fair amount of cost, and a new portable unit will save you a LOT of headaches if you aren’t handy to begin with. It would be a fun project for someone who IS handy, but not very practical.

David asks…

cleaning rust off metal tools?

I left a toolbox in the rain, now many of my woodworking tools have rust on them. Is there a good solvent to use that will clean the rust and preserve the metal?

Dusty answers:

Go to a hardware store and get a jar of naval jelly and a couple Scotch Brite pads. They will look like new in no time. Hope this helps.

Paul asks…

Can moisture meters be used to detect pipe leaks in a house?

Many that I have seen in online stores have these pins and I think they are mostly used to measure the moisture of wood for woodworking projects. But I’m interested in detecting leaks behind walls. Any recommendations for what tool I need?

Dusty answers:

You won’t have any luck with a moisture meter if you’re trying to detect leaks inside walls, Toxxmaster.

If you’ve recently driven and nail to hang a picture on a wall containing plumbing, you’ll need to open the wall there and look for the leak. If there has been no work done to the wall where the water has appeared, you’ll need to open a larger chunk of the wall to find the leak.

Keep in mind that water can travel laterally before it appears, so don’t open sections of the wall blindly. Make your best guess as to where the plumbing runs are relative to where the water appeared before you open the wall or ceiling. Try to take advantage of any open areas such as an attic or basement to track the plumbing and path of the water prior removing any drywall.

Good luck with it.

Ruth asks…

What steps do I need to take to start a small woodworking business?

I would like to set up a small woodworking business but am not sure of how to go about it. I work as a carpenter right now and dont have alot of money to use towards start up. The only things I think I will need to get started would be some better tools and a building to work in. What type of loan and permits should I be applying for? Any help would be greatly appreciated! I live in a Central New York if that helps.

Dusty answers:

First, you’ll need to decide what kind of entity type you’d like to form. Each entity type has pros and cons, and you’ll need to determine which best fits your needs. For instance, a sole proprietorship is the simplest form of business to set up and has the lowest tax responsibilities, but you will be personally liable for the business’s debts and contracts; a corporation, on the other hands, gives you the liability protection, but there are tax responsibilities you wouldn’t otherwise have (which will further be determined by the type of corporation, whether S-corp or C-corp).

Then, once you’ve determined the type of business, you’ll have a better idea where to start on your licenses and permit requirements.

Hope this helps get you started — good luck!

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