Get projects and expert tips to improve your carpentry skills so you can complete DIY projects from framing to finishing.
Using Steel Studs
You'll like steel framing. Steel studs are perfectly straight, don't shrink or split. They're light, easy to store, resist fire, insects and rot. Steel studs are cheaper than wood.
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How to Install Cabinets
Avoid mistakes when installing kitchen cabinets. A professional installer explains how to install upper and lower cabinets, deal with wavy walls, shim bases and more.
Sawhorses are an essential construction tool, and this article highlights 5 of the best—3 DIY designs, with complete plans, and two off-the-shelf favorites.
Interior Trim Work Basics
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 ...
Simple Window Trim and Door Trim
Tradition window and door trim looks more complicated than picture-framed trim, but it's actually simpler and more forgiving. It also hides uneven walls and jambs better.
Drilling Holes: Notching and Boring Holes in Wood Studs
Building codes specify allowable sizes and locations for holes and cuts in studs. Here's a handy guide to those requirements that will keep your building standing tall.
How to Install Wood Molding
A veteran carpenter demonstrates tools and techniques that make trim work faster, better and easier, including mitered joints, wood selection, nailing and creative molding combinations.
Perfect Trim on Doors, Windows and Base Moldings
These DIY tips will help you get tight-fitting joints on doors, windows and base moldings, even if your walls are less than perfect. We'll show you how to adjust your cuts so the trim fits together on out-of-square corners and wavy walls. Get out your miter saw and follow these steps, and you'll ...
Convert Wood Cabinet Doors to Glass
Complete a dramatic kitchen upgrade in 2 hours by upgrading your cabinet doors from wood to glass.