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

  1. How-to Tips for Tight Miters Article

    We demonstrate tips and techniques for cutting, fitting and joining perfect miters, along with a few tricks for making those less-than-perfect miters look their best.

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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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