7 Deck Building Tips

Techniques for building decks, stairs and railings

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Combination square
  • Framing square
  • Jigsaw
  • Stair gauge
  • Straightedge
  • Safety glasses
  • Sawhorses

3/4-in. wood chisel

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Wood scraps for jigs