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.

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

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