Carpentry

Improve your carpentry skills with these projects and tips from veteran carpenters from framing to trim carpentry.

Patch a Hardwood Floor

We'll show you how to replace a damaged hardwood floorboard in just a couple hours using basic carpentry tools. This article covers removing a hole-filled or otherwise damaged tongue-and-groove board, then installing a new one.

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  • Finish Carpentry Tips

    Uneven walls, floors and corners are common problems in finish carpentry. These tips from veteran carpenters will show you time-tested…

  • Top Trim Carpentry Tools

    Pro-quality finish work is a lot easier with the right tools—and they don't have to be expensive. Check out a master carpenter's list of…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • The Best Carpentry Tips and Advice

    We asked professional carpenters to pass along some of the tricks and tips they've learned after years of pounding thousands of nails into just…

  • Toenailing Basics

    The art of toenailing is easy to learn. With a little practice you can drive an angled nail perfectly every time.

  • Sawhorse Plans

    Sawhorses are an essential construction tool, and this article highlights 5 of the best—3 DIY designs, with complete plans, and two…

  • How Joists Work

    Learn how to maintain floor strength when you have to cut or drill joists for ducts, pipes, cables or other modifications. Following the rules…

  • Bathtub Caulking Tips

    If a lumpy caulk job bugs you, check out these tips to help anyone learn to run a smooth bead of caulk. With advice from a pro painter and a…

  • Shortcuts for Trim Carpenters

    Learn better ways to cut and install casing, baseboard and crown molding, tricks for hanging doors and avoiding bad transitions, and other…

  • Choosing 4x4 Wood

    Not all pressure-treated wood is equally decay-resistant. Different parts of the tree absorb treatment differently. Learn how to spot the best…

  • DIY Washer Pedestal

    Pedestals for front-loading washing machines and dryers can cost hundreds. Save your money—you can build your own bases from standard…

  • Plumb Bobs and Levels: An Essential Guide

    Whether you're hanging a picture or framing a house, plumb and level is essential. These tips show how to use plumb bobs and levels for a wide…