About Cliff Dutton Carpentry


Home Building Project

Cliff Dutton Carpentry has been making home improvements since 2009. Before there was a Cliff Dutton Carpentry, Cliff gained extensive experience building for contractors starting back in 1989. His range of experience spanned from roofing and decks through complete homes, foundation to finish. These included traditional frame buildings as well as timber frame homes. On his own, 20 years later in 2009, he has been applying his skills to building projects such as decks, woodsheds, roofs, wood floors as well as major repairs and renovations. This is only a partial list as the types of projects Cliff Dutton Carpentry has completed. You’ll see they are quite diverse in his blog where you can see past projects and the results of good planing, efficiency and attention to detail.

 Keeping Efficiency in Mind.

IMGP3823Speaking of efficiency, energy efficiency and reducing/eliminating burning fossil fuels for home heating are core beliefs that are reflected in Cliff’s work. A background in forestry influences his thinking. Firewood is considered a green heating fuel and even said to be solar energy. Something earlier generations never thought of but in heating with wood, they burned solar energy in their heating and cook stoves. What sense does it make to rely on imported oil from war prone areas half way around the world when we have ample solar energy in our woods all around us? Cliff believes burning firewood is a wise choice for Vermonters, since it is plentiful, local and renewable. Here lies his interest in building woodsheds. Modern wood stoves reduce pollution and wood consumption, while thoughtful harvesting and forest management can keep our forests healthy and sustainable.

Uses for this Website.

Cliff created this website so his customers can view and share blog posts about their projects with friends and to promote his carpentry business. Comments are open at the end of every blog post where customers and anyone with a sincere comment about the specific post is invited to write. Please use the email form to contact Cliff directly or if your comment does not pertain to a particular blog post. Check the testimonials page to see what Cliff’s customers are saying. Choose specific subjects using categories or use tags for more specific topics.

 The Other Building Job.

Cliff also builds things with electrons instead of wood in his website business where he hosts websites on a green server. See his Web Design Site for more information. Building either way requires planning, measuring dimensions and calculating sizes. It’s what Cliff does.

A Covid-19 Shed for Skiers

It seems unlikely at first but the answer to the Covid-19 for a nordic ski area is this shed which can provide skiers some protection from the elements yet allow them to socially distance and not be “inside.” With one entire side open and gable end vents there surely must be adequate ventilation! Now that …

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The South East wall

Sun Porch Exterior

With the windows and door in, the board and baton siding could be put on. This side is new rough sawn lumber. Not enough of the weathered boards to do it but it looks nice in fresh wood color too. They will weather soon enough. Yes, careful inspection of the photos reveals one weathered board …

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Weathered Board & Batten

With the windows installed, next was the siding. The owner always wanted board & batten but surprised me when he came up with enough weathered boards to side the short wall of the project. The upper level of the wall was already sided and in a slightly different plane so I made an old fashioned …

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A Weekend Rake Trim Project

This was a project to help me appreciate good framing. On this gable end overhand there wasn’t any good framing to speak of. There were some ends of roof sheathing boards of various lengths or just missing with lots of little scraps nailed in for spacers and some very old 2X4s made from dense, old …

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