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Keep each area of your house interesting and unique by choosing the right materials, theme and aesthetic.

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Try This Hack for Building an Inexpensive Glass Panel Door

Make a glass panel door yourself without breaking the bank.

The 6 Best Wipe-On Wood Finishes

The ease of application and breathtaking results make wipe-on wood finishes beloved by pro and beginner woodworkers alike. These are...


How to Build Beautiful Faux Ceiling Beams

Build these faux beams to finish the industrial, farmhouse, rustic or modern style of your home's interior.


Firewood Measurements: What Do They Mean?

Do you need a full cord or just a half-pallet this winter? Understanding what firewood measurements mean will help you...


Family Handyman Reader Projects: Indoor Spaces

Family Handyman readers were busy during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020, diving into their to-do lists. Here we take...

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Shou Sugi Ban: The Art of Japanese Wood Burning

Learn how to use the ancient Japanese wood burning technique of shou sugi ban to create a unique shiplap accent...


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10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $250

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $250 you can make some...

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What to Know About Coping Trim

Here's a quick little rundown on what to know about coping trim for inside corners.


10-Minute House Repair and Home Maintenance Tips

Simple fixes to household headaches that take 10 minutes or less — these home repairs are quick and easy.


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How To Build a Raised Dog Bed

Keep your dog off the furniture and up off the cold floor.


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What Is a Chop Saw?

A chop saw (a.k.a. a miter saw) is a power tool made especially for accurate crosscutting of trim and lumber...

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Everything to Know About Piano Hinges

Add piano hinges to your playlist of woodworking hardware. Here's when and how to use them.


A Simple Math-Free Method for Marking and Cutting Radius Trim

Marking and cutting radius trim can be tricky, and mistakes can be costly. Here, an expert trim carpenter shares their...


How to Lay Mosaic Tiles

A handy guide to laying and setting mosaic tile from one of our most trusted tile experts. Plus, a quick...


How to Bend Wood

Bending hardwood trim for a countertop


How to Tile a Shower

Build a high-end shower enclosure with this DIY tile shower project.

Easiest and Smoothest Way to Apply Varnish

Want to know how to avoid drips and messes when you apply polyurethane varnish to large surfaces or multiple pieces...


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14 Expert Tips for Tight Miters

Pro tricks for air-tight joints.


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The ‘Secret’ Numbers For Cutting Crown Flat

Here is an easier, more precise method you can use to cut crown molding while it's flat on a miter...


Why Do Some Old Homes Have a Bed in the Ceiling?

Unlike the famous Murphy bed, which hides in a closet or wall to save floor space when not in use,...


How to Build a Laundry Room Pedestal

Save your back without spending an arm and a leg.


How to Build a Classic Doghouse

Build this cozy, colorful doghouse for your best friend. Better yet, let the K-9 carpenter help out!


DIY Roof Bench

Here’s a slick way to keep tools from sliding off the roof!


How To Build Floating Shelves

Customize these amazing floating shelves to suit any room in your house!

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How to Build a Post and Beam Pavilion

Does it seem like whenever you want to spend your day off outside, the weather foils your plans? Rain and...


Trim Edge-banding with a Chisel

Check out this awesome edge-banding veneer trick.


Perfect Miter Joints Every Time

Ensure gap-free miter joints when you’re edge-banding plywood. Before you cut the trim board miters, tape 45-degree “fitting” boards to...


Zero-Cleanup Finishing

Forget brushes when it comes to varnishing a ton of trim or big, flat areas like tabletops and cabinets.


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Edge Banding With Iron-On Veneer Edging

Cover raw plywood edges quickly and easily with wood veneer and an iron.


How-To Build a Wood Log Faux Fireplace Insert

Fireplaces can be cozy in the winter, but does yours collect dust the rest of the year? Create the look...