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

  1. 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.

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  1. Caulking: Pro Tips

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    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. Router Table Plans

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    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.

  3. Chain Saw Safety

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    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.

  4. How to Build a Wall Cabinet

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    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Build a Table Saw Sled

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    Build these simple table saw sleds and make perfectly square cross cuts and flawless 45-degree miter cuts in both small and wide boards. You only need a 4x4 sheet of 1/2- or 3/4-in. plywood, particle board or MDF, some glue and a few hours time.

  7. Table Saw Tips and Techniques

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    Get better performance from your bench top or stationary table saw. With these jigs and accessories you can make safer, more accurate rips, crosscuts, dados, rabbets cuts and more.

  8. Best Air Tools

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    Use your air compressor for more than just filling your tires, blowing off your workbench or running your pneumatic nailer. Here are 12 of our favorite pneumatic tools. Save time—and your muscles—by letting compressed air do the work. You’ll get more jobs done faster—and better—by expanding your ...

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