The house-builder at work in cities or anywhere, The preparatory jointing, squaring, sawing, morticing, The hoist-up of beams, the push of them in their places, laying them regular, Setting the studs by their tenons in the mortices according as they were prepared, The blows of mallets and hammers, the attitudes of the men, their curv'd limbs, Bending, standing, astride the beams, driving in pins, holding on by posts and braces... — Walt Whitman, "Song of the Broad-Axe," i8gi
Pull the joist back out and gauge down from its top edge.
One wall at a time, one floor at a time, one roof truss after another—the carpenter will measure, cut, and drive timbers together. There will be sweat in every beam, skill in every cut, but from the first tree felled, the carpenter's intelligence has imagined the whole.
In the carpenter's mind, the long oak timbers stacked in the yard were sills even as they stood in the forest. The first glance at the growth rings in the first chips from felling the pines revealed their potential as beams. Narrow rings indicate slow growth and, in pines, the subsequent long fibers of strong, stiff wood.
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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.