Carpentry

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

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 about anything made of wood. Read the following tips to benefit from their hardworking carpentry experiences.

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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…