Woodworking Tips

Woodworking tips and techniques from veteran woodworkers.

Tips for a Better Rip Cut

Making consistent, accurate and safe rip cuts is easy—if you know what you’re doing. Whether you’re using a table saw or a circular saw, use these ten tips for ripping and you won’t be able to tell the factory edge from the edge you just cut.

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    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…