Woodworking Tips

Woodworking tips and techniques from veteran woodworkers.

Wood Finishing Tips Article

A fine finish is the crowning touch that brings out the true beauty of wood. Learn the key steps in the sanding and finishing process, and discover how to insure good results. This article offers tips for a smooth, successful finish and shows how to avoid common pitfalls.

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  • Woodworking Tips: Editors' Favorites

    These six expert shop tips simplify and speed up sanding, gluing, cross cutting, drawing and measuring lines, making repetitive cuts and other…

  • Top 10 Woodworking Tips

    Check out these great tips from our pro woodworkers for working faster, smarter and more efficiently in your shop.

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • The Top 10 Woodworking Ideas & Skills

    Our best woodworking ideas, tips and tricks. Read this collection of carpentry basics to learn woodworking for beginners.

  • Measuring Tips and Techniques for DIYers

    Use these clever tricks to work faster and better

  • Make a Perfect Miter Joint

    In pursuit of the perfect miter joint? These tips for tighter miters cover common situations you’ll undoubtedly encounter in your workshop.

  • Furniture Repair and Finishing Tips

    A professional woodworker shares basic, time-tested tips that will help you work faster and get better results on your furniture projects.

  • How to Use a Wood Chisel

    A sharp wood chisel can cut mortises, shave rough surfaces, chop out corners and scrape off glue. We'll demonstrate these techniques and show…

  • 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…

  • Trim Painting Tips

    How to repaint chipped, flaking or dirty moldings so they look like new; the secrets of a professional-looking job.

  • What is MDF? Plus Tips for Using MDF

    MDF (medium-density fiberboard) is inexpensive, durable, and a good choice for many woodworking and carpentry projects. Learn how to use it…