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Check out our favorite ideas, projects, tips and tools for creating the ultimate backyard
Improve your carpentry skills with these projects and tips from expert carpenters, from framing to trim carpentry.
How to Install Tongue and Groove Wainscoting
Step-by-step instructions for installing this beautiful tongue and groove wainscoting right over your existing drywall...
How to Install Stair Spindles
It looks complicated to replace banister spindles...it's not.
How to Fill Holes in Woodwork Around Your Home
Colored putty and marking pens hide woodwork flaws quickly and easily. Here we'll show you...
How to Drive Screws Perfectly
For such a simple task, it's surprising how many things can go wrong when you...
How to Build Window Cornices
Custom-build your own window cornices for one-fourth the price of store-bought
Safety First: Install an Outdoor Stair Railing
Add safety and style with a custom outdoor stair railing
Plumb Bobs and Levels: An Essential Guide
Build straight and true with less effort
Simple Hacks to Maximize Your Sawhorses
How to get the most from folding metal horses—and other breeds
Choosing 4×4 Treated Lumber
Growth rings tell the story of 4x4 pressure treated lumber
Get plans for five great sawhorses
How to Repair a Load-Bearing Post
Floor sagging? Here's the solid cure for rotting posts and sinking footings.
How to Use a Level Over Long Distances
Trusty old 2-ft. level too short? Use these tools and techniques for leveling from 4 to 100 ft.
Install a New Stair Handrail
So strong it's kid-proof! We'll show you how to do it.
Making Sense of Lumber Dimensions
The difference between “nominal” and “actual” dimensions for items like 2x4 dimensions
How to Use Epoxy Resin Like a Pro
What is epoxy? Epoxy has several advantages over other adhesives and fillers. It can fill...
Identifying Treated Lumber
Clearing up treated lumber tag confusion
How to Install Baseboard Molding, Even on Crooked Walls
Wall molding: Install great-looking baseboards on any problem wall.
16 Amazing Cabins You Have to See to Believe
From luxury mountainside cabins with a view to simple handcrafted log homes, there are cabins...
This Nail Hack Will Prevent Wood From Splitting
This simple nail hack will help to prevent wood from splitting.
How to Instantly Remove Spray Foam Mistakes
Get rid of spray foam overspray with this cheap and simple trick.
How to Make Your Own Shims
Shims are one of a carpenter's most commonly used tools. So what should you do...
Ceiling Panels: How to Install a Beam and Panel Ceiling
A quick, inexpensive way to transform a room—and a beautiful cover-up for damaged ceilings
Reader Project: DIY Custom Playset
The Family Handyman reader, Nick was looking for a playset for his son. but he...
No Cutting Corners: Tips for Tight Miters and Coped Joints
Tips for tight miters and coped joints.
14 Framing Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs
Build your walls straight, sturdy and plumb with these great tips.
How to Install Wood Molding
Extraordinary results with ordinary moldings
Third-Hand Crown Molding Hanger
Mounting long pieces of molding by yourself is a lot easier with this molding hanger.
Trim Edge-banding with a Chisel
Check out this awesome edge-banding veneer trick.
DIY Dictionary: Chair Rail
What's chair rail? Chair rails are horizontal moldings applied to walls designed to protect them...
Reader Project: Year-Round Tree House
Jim Heim’s tree house is play-ready in any season. In warm weather, it’s...
Reader Project: Magnificent Moldings Added to Living Room
Reader Project: Home Theater