Tool Review: Makita 10.8v Lithium-Ion Combo – LCT203W

June 19, 2011

It’s Father’s Day already and it’s important to focus on…how much he loves his tools! From the  “117-Tiny-Useless-Accessories Toolkit,” to the latest “thing” from Black & Decker, there are lots of ways to waste his time and your money. Not to worry though, here is a gift that will keep him happy and actually get […]

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Free Bosch Oscillating Tool Adapter!

June 15, 2011

Now that Fein doesn’t enslave the oscillating tool market, we don’t have to buy $300 Multi-Masters. Pretty much everyone has their version of the tool, even a few cordless models too. I purchased the Sonicrafter by Rockwell about six months ago for $100 and have been really happy with the tool. It not only performs equally […]

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Coastal Homes features Drayco Builders’ Work

June 10, 2011

On Badger’s Island in Kittery, Maine, Betty and Jim LaBranche watch the setting sun from their condo, while on the Portsmouth, New Hampshire side of the river, Renée and Dan Plummer share a similar view from their elegant brick space in Harbour Place. Both couples traded traditional homes for condo living, and both would never […]

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15 Minutes Can Save You Hours Every Day

June 8, 2011

Whether it’s the Monday morning blues, or the pre-coffee fog, we all know the feeling. Getting mentally refocused on a project, at work or at home, can be difficult. The key to a productive morning, which often sets the pace of the entire day, is how we spend the last 15 minutes of the previous […]

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3 Tricks for Better Measuring

May 28, 2011

  An accurate measurement is crucial to a perfect fit and efficiency. When something is difficult to measure accurately, it often leads to repeated trips to the cut table as the perfect fit is slowly achieved. The ability to measure with accuracy means we can be sure of the cuts and save time without sacrificing […]

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A Perfect Level of Certainty

May 24, 2011

I love my job. I really do. There is a perfect level of certainty without being mundane. Although I know exactly what I need to do, I don’t know exactly what I will do. Today, for example, I knew that I needed to fit and install risers on a staircase (my current project); I didn’t […]

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Welcome to

May 21, 2011

Hi, I’m Luke! Welcome to the new Hopefully, this will be an outlet for the excitement (over excitement I’m sure…) that I have for the challenges faced as a self-employed, framing-to-finish carpenter. I’m just getting started, so check back soon to learn fun and unique ways to build something you can truly be proud […]

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