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How To: Care for Cedar Shingles

By Scott Sidler | November 6, 2017

wood shingles

If you’ve got cedar shakes or shingles on your old house you need to know how to care for them to make them last. Learning how to care for cedar shingles, whether they are installed as siding or roofing, is […]

A Better Way to Paint a House

By Scott Sidler | October 30, 2017

paint brush on table

Fall is by far the best time to paint a house in most locations. The cooler, drier weather allows the paint to cure properly and also makes the work more enjoyable rather than suffering through the summer heat or spring […]

How To: Cut Glass

By Scott Sidler | October 23, 2017

glass cutter diy

So you want to learn how to cut glass? Good! It’s an easy thing to do for any DIYer and it doesn’t require a lot of complex tools. In fact, learning how to cut glass in almost any shape or […]

The Ultimate Guide to Restoration Tools

By Scott Sidler | October 16, 2017

tools on wood table

Fixing up an old house requires a lot of different tools. Some of them are easy to find at the corner hardware store and some are more specialty items that are a lot harder to find. Just like picking the […]

5 Design Flaws That Drive Me Nuts

By Scott Sidler | October 9, 2017

confused man

Some many elements of our homes today are not real. Fake, faux, pretend. It’s a big illusion to make homes today look like the real McCoy of yesteryear. Why have shutters that actually function or balconies that can fit a […]

Mid-Century Modern Style

By Scott Sidler | October 2, 2017

There’s a new kid on the historic block and his name is Mid-Century Modern or Mid-Mod. The youngest of the historic styles of architecture I’ve written about Mid-Century Modern architecture was absolutely on fire during the 1950s and 1960s. Pulling […]

How To: Use CitriStrip (Kinda)

By Scott Sidler | September 25, 2017

how to use citristrip

Preface: I had a great post all written about how to use CitriStrip effectively just like I have done in the past, but things often don’t turn out exactly like you plan. After writing the post I went to shoot […]

Custom Woodwork Made Simple

By Scott Sidler | September 18, 2017

custom woodwork made simple

Last week we had a fun project come through the shop to replicate some corbels for a 1920s Colonial Revival house in Delaney Park, Florida. I figured this was a perfect way to show you how you can make custom […]