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

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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Lengthening an Interior Wood Door

  • Fix an interior door that's been cut too short with this simple repair. By carefully matching thickness, wood grain direction and stain, you can…

  • DIY Granite Countertops

  • Install your own granite countertops. All you have to do is measure your space, order the granite, then install—with the help of a few…

  • Identifying Treated Lumber

  • The amount of chemical treatment needed to preserve wood depends upon the chemicals used. Read the treatment tags carefully to get what you need.

  • How to Build Small Sawhorses

  • Mini-sawhorses (saw ponies) are surprisingly useful around the shop or job site, and are easier to make than full-size saw horses. Using this…

  • How to Install Stair Spindles

  • There are really just three steps involved in replacing a broken spindle: remove the old one, find a replacement, and fit it in. These tips will…

  • Woodworking Jig For Complex Shapes

  • Need to reproduce a complex shape for your carpentry project? With a tick stick you can easily make perfect templates for cutting irregular…

  • How to Use Epoxy on Wood for Repairs

  • Epoxy is the perfect material to make permanent repairs of rotting window sills, door jambs and exterior molding that are difficult to remove…

  • 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…

  • Using Steel Studs

  • You'll like steel framing. Steel studs are perfectly straight, don't shrink or split. They're light, easy to store, resist fire, insects and…

  • How to Fix Squeaky Floors

  • Fast, easy ways to silence floor squeaks. No special skills or tools needed. We'll show you everything you need to know.

  • How to Straighten Bowed Stud Walls

  • One bowed stud can make a whole wall look bad. Before you hang the drywall, fix badly warped studs so that the finished wall will look straight…

  • The Letter 'd' in Nail Sizes

  • Carpenters always talk about 16d common nails or 8d finish nails or 10d sinkers, but nobody ever explains what the heck ‘d’ means.…

  • Building Rock-Solid Exterior Walls

  • Houses stay plumb and level not because of all the studs and joists, but because of the diagonal bracing—the triangles—incorporated…

  • How to Drive Screws Perfectly

  • Drive screws with a drill/driver more simply and easily by adjusting the clutch, predrilling, using a bit holder, using good bits, and other…

  • Circular Saw Tips and Techniques

  • Learn how to use a circular saw safely and effectively. These pro tips and techniques will help you build everything from a few shelves to a…

  • How to Plane Rough Lumber

  • Expand your woodworking skills and get access to a wide range of domestic and imported wood for your furniture projects by learning to flatten…

  • How to Fill Holes in Woodwork

  • Two pro tips – color putty and marking pens – help you hide scratches, holes and blemishes in stained woodwork quickly and easily.

  • How to Install Wainscoting

  • Traditional wainscoting doesn't have to cost a bundle. Using MDF and standard pine molding profiles you can add old-world elegance to an…

  • How to Install Cabinets

  • Avoid mistakes when installing kitchen cabinets. A professional installer explains how to install upper and lower cabinets, deal with wavy…

  • Maximize Your Sawhorses

  • Sawhorses can do much more than just hold up a piece of plywood. Even experienced carpenters will learn new tricks with these time-tested pro…

  • How to Build Window Cornices

  • Want to give a dreary room a dramatic facelift? Adding window or door cornices will bring freshness and style to any room décor.…

  • Install a New Stair Handrail

  • If you have a loose stair rail, a weak stair rail or no rail at all, fix the problem by installing a solidly anchored railing like we show here.…

  • How to Install a Load-Bearing Beam

  • Open up cramped rooms by replacing a wall with a load-bearing beam. Create an open kitchen/dining area, a larger living room or a huge master…

  • How to Install a Countertop

  • We'll show you five techniques for a great looking countertop installation. Buy the countertops premade, then install them yourself by following…

  • How to Repair a Load-Bearing Post

  • Learn to identify the most common causes of floor sagging—and what to do about it. Learn the best tools and methods for lifting and…

  • How to Install Beaded Wainscoting

  • Transform a room with the warm glow of beaded wood wainscoting. Install the paneling right over your existing wall, eliminating the hassle of…

  • Fixing Bouncy Floors

  • We'll show you three ways to stiffen up your bouncy floor—by adding bridging, installing plywood along the joists and adding a wall or…

  • Frameless Kitchen Cabinets

  • Here’s a home improvement job that’ll give you instant home equity along with great visual impact. Installing your own kitchen…

  • Installing Kitchen Cabinets

  • Install kitchen cabinets—base, wall and peninsula—using professional techniques. Hanging cabinets is easy and you'll save on…

  • Structural Screws vs. Lag Screws

  • High-strength structural screws are beginning to displace traditional lag screws as the fastener of choice for structural applications.…

  • How to Use a Circular Saw: Long Cuts

  • Learn how to use a circular saw to quickly and accurately cut long boards and plywood. Plus, we've included plans for a handy cutting guide…

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