Get tips and techniques to help you use and take care of your tools for all your DIY projects.

  1. How to Use a Block Plane

    Nothing beats a handy little block plane for simplicity and convenience. It's versatile enough to perform all kinds of cutting and shaping tasks, yet small enough to fit in a tool pouch. And it's perfectly shaped to use with one hand. In this article, you'll learn how to use a block plane and find tips for sharpening and buying them.

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  1. Caulking: Pro Tips


    Whether you're caulking a siding, a bathtub or exterior doors, it's important to fill gaps completely and lay a neat caulk line. A pro shares his tips for getting great results.

  2. Rebuild a Cordless Tool Battery


    Cordless tool batteries eventually fail, but replacement batteries can be amazingly expensive. To save money, consider rebuilding the battery pack.

  3. Choosing the Best Hammer


    Can't decide on the best hammer for you? We compared balance, strength and features of classic and modern hammers. See which ones our Editors preferred.

  4. Router Table Plans


    Once you mount your router in a router table, you might never remove it. Use these plans to build this router table and change your woodworking world.

  5. Chain Saw Safety


    A chain saw is one of the most versatile tools you can own, but it cuts both wood and flesh equally well. Before you cut up a fallen tree, learn how to use this powerful tool safely.

  6. How to Repair a Cut Power Tool Cord


    Power tool cords that get accidentally cut or hacked can be permanently repaired in minutes with heat shrinkable tubing and a soldering gun.

  7. How to Build a Wall Cabinet


    Need more space for tools? Build this pegboard wall cabinet, and you can turn 16 sq. ft. of wall space into almost 48 sq. ft. of hanging storage for tools and supplies.

  8. How to Use a Laser Level


    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.

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