Get projects and expert tips to improve your carpentry skills so you can complete DIY projects from framing to finishing.

  1. How to Install a Chair Rail

    Chair rail wood molding can transform the appearance of your living room, dining room or hallway, and installation goes quickly when you prefinish the wood.

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  1. Plumb Bobs and Levels: An Essential Guide


    Whether you're hanging a picture or framing a house, plumb and level is essential. These tips show how to use plumb bobs and levels for a wide variety of building and decorating tasks.

  2. 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 bedroom using basic framing techniques and standard materials.

  3. Finish Carpentry Tips


    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 Remove a Wall and Other Demolition Tips


    Remodeling usually requires at least a little demolition. Sometimes you have to remove a wall before you can build one. Whether you're tearing down walls, removing a roof or getting rid of old plumbing fixtures, follow these tips and all your demolition jobs will be easier—and cleaner.

  5. 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 angles and curves.

  6. 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 tips.

  7. How to Install Crown Molding: Three-Piece Design


    Crown molding can be intimidating, because walls often aren't flat and nailing is difficult. Don't worry. This three-piece system solves those problems. Here we'll show you how to install trim on the walls and ceiling first, then add the crown. The three combined look elegant and go up more easily than a single large piece. We'll also walk you through the tricky cuts at corners.

  8. How to Cope Joints


    The secret for a glove-tight fit for trim corners is a coped joint. With this technique you can even make complex crown moldings fit without leaving gaps. Because inside corners are rarely square, simply butting two mitered pieces into the corner almost always looks lousy. The only foolproof method for great-looking inside corners is cutting a coped joint. This age-old carpenter's trick involves cutting the profile on the end of one molding and fitting it against another like pieces of a puzzle. The resulting joint is easy to file and sand for a perfect fit, even on out-of-square corners. In this article we'll walk you through the key techniques, step by step, and you'll be cutting perfect copes in no time.

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