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  1. 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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  1. Top Trim Carpentry Tools

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    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 must-have hand and power tools.

  2. Shortcuts for Trim Carpenters

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    Learn better ways to cut and install casing, baseboard and crown molding, tricks for hanging doors and avoiding bad transitions, and other secrets of the trim carpentry profession.

  3. Finish Carpentry Tips

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

  4. How to Use a Laser Level

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    Do you think that laser levels are a bit of a gimmick? Try one and we bet you will be reaching for one more and more often for all kinds of carpentry tasks. Here are a few tips to help you get started using laser levels.

  5. Woodworking Jig For Complex Shapes

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    Need to reproduce a complex shape for your carpentry project? With a tick stick you can easily make perfect templates for cutting irregular angles and curves.

  6. Interior Trim Work Basics

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    We show you how to make crisp, sharp corners and tight joints when installing door trim, window trim and a three-piece baseboard. With a few basic carpentry tools and a little patience, you can trim out a room in a weekend. With a little practice you can master the two key trim techniques, mitering ...

  7. Maximize Your Sawhorses

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    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 tips.

  8. How to Install Window Trim

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    Most trim carpenters don't even use a tape to trim windows. It's all done by eye, with a sharp pencil, a miter saw and an 18-gauge nailer. Here's how they do it.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Using Wood Plugs - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    By using wood plugs, you can conceal the fasteners that are holding together your carpentry project.

  2. Bob Vila Radio: Dowel Joinery Tips

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    FromBobVila.com

    Here’s a technique professional carpenters use to conceal screws in fine woodworking projects: use wooden plugs. List...

  3. Carpenter's Squares - Bob Vila Radio - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    When you need to create accurate angles as part of a home improvement project, there's no substitute for the trusty carpenter's square.

  4. Cape-Style Home : Putting Up Exterior Trim - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Bob goes over the electrical wiring with John Hickey, cedar clapboards are put up, and Hank Cassidy explains insulation ratings. Also, carpentry contractor Bob Ryley puts exterior trim up around the windows.

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Use a Framing Square

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    You don't have to be a professional carpenter to use a framing square. Even if you're a carpentry hobbyist, the tool can come in handy.

  2. How to Mark a Board

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    The Family Handyman carpentry expert, Mark Petersen, will show you how to properly mark a board before cutting it on a miter saw.

  3. How to Set Up a Stop Block for Your Miter Saw

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    If you have several identical cuts to make, a stop block will make it go a lot quicker. The Family Handyman carpentry expert, Mark Petersen, will show you how to set up a stop block for your miter saw to save you time.

  4. How to Build a Miter Saw Table

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    The Family Handyman carpentry expert, Mark Petersen, will show you how to get more efficient use out of your miter saw by building your own miter saw table.

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Blog Posts

  1. DEWALT Carpentry Quick Check

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

    DEWALT Building Code Reference Books My crew and I recently stumbled on two building code reference books called DEWALT Carpentry Quick Check Extreme Duty Edition and Building code Reference.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

  2. Tight Fitting Miters

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  3. Stair Skirts

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    FromAna-White.com

    Well, here's a first. I'm going to show you how a carpenter makes a skirt. And yes, it's a pretty skirt. To be worn by the stairs. So why do stairs need a skirt? Well they don't really - you could run your baseboard down each riser, over each tread, mitering each corner, cursing any bullnoses. You could. But it would be a ton of extra work and look really busy. So our solution is to cut a skirt that will slide between the wall and the stairs, that has a straight edge on top. That way our baseboard can just continue from the upstairs, right down the top of the skirt, around the landing, down the second flight of stairs, and on to the lower level. Since the skirt is part of the trimming, we want to go from finished floor to finished floor heights. So we floored the landing area - the same as the upstairs. Then we took a 1x12 board, a few feet longer than the flight, and rested it on top of the stairs. Notice the board is resting on top of the leading edge of each of the treads, and brought down to touch the landing floor. Then we determined how far we want the skirt to go past the stairs. I choose 4" for our stairs. Enough to give an even reveal of the skirt around the stairs, and still leave enough room for the baseboard to make the end corner. So from this distance, use a level to mark a straight line vertically near the bottom end of the skirt board. This line gets cut with a circular saw. The top meets the top landing and for us, it worked out flush to the wall. Again, a level is used to mark the top and this mark is cut off with a circular saw. With the top and bottoms cut, this allows the skirt to drop down between the stairs and the wall. But for us, it doesn't drop down enough, and a tiny corner of wall shows at the inside corner of each stair. What to do? We trim the bottom edge of the skirt, square to the level end cut off, to bring the entire skirt down. It looks like the skirt needs to be brought down more in this photo, but that's just the angle of this photo. Once we were happy with the height of the skirt, we then need to go back and trim the top edge of the skirt off flush with the finished upstairs floor to allow the baseboard to make the corner from the hallway and down the skirt. This gets marked with a level, and cut off with a circular saw. That's one skirt done! And you can see, our baseboard will now just run from the upstairs, around the corner, down the skirt, then around the landing and continue on. (I'll show you how we do that in a later post). With the skirts cut just right, we then removed them and sanded and painted them on sawhorses. Much easier. And then repositioned the skirt between the stairs and the wall and nailed it in place to studs in the wall. And that's how carpenters make skirts!

  4. Decorating With Flowers

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

    Decorate your Home With Flowers From Your Own Garden Carpenters don’t really care about decorating with flowers. As a carpenter my thoughts and plans often revolve around details and ideas that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

  5. Hardcore Hammers and Hatchets: American Made Tools

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    If you value American designed and manufactured tools then you'll love Hardcore Hammers. It's difficult for anyone to break into the tool business, much less two carpenters , but brothers Steve and Rick had an idea for a new type of framing hammer and in a year they had designed and developed a ...

  6. Dickies Multi-Use Pocket Work Pants

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    I ask a lot of the pants I wear here at The Family Handyman. First, they have to be ready for me to go back to our shop and spend the day doing carpentry . They also have to be dressy-looking enough that I can dust them off, go up front and welcome business...( read more )

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