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The 5 Best Biscuit Joiners, Tested and Reviewed by a Professional Woodworker

Ready to "take the plunge" and buy a biscuit joiner? We put five leading brands to the test to find which is the best overall.

We Tried the Hedgehog Featherboard for Straight (and Safe) Cuts on the Table Saw

Get the precision and control you need to saw through your next woodworking project with ease!


The 10 Best Dust Collector Machines for Woodworking

Dust collection is an important part of a clean and safe shop. We found the best dust collector systems on...


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How to Install an Egress Window

Adding a code compliant egress window makes a brighter, safer basement.


If You See a ‘Tooth’ on Your Hammer, This Is What It’s For

Ever come across this type of hammer and wonder what it's for? Here's the scoop.

Remodel Your Kitchen with a Custom Range Hood Kit That’s Easy to DIY

If you're looking for a creative focal point in your upcoming kitchen remodel, try building your own range hood with...


The Headlamp I Never Knew I Needed

This top-notch Fenix HM65r headlamp showed me the light when I thought my old headlamp was fine.

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The Eleven Percent: Meet Mary Kehl, Handyman Apprentice and Medic

Mary Kehl talks about switching careers later in life, building a house and what's in her tool bag.


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The Eleven Percent: Meet Melinde Madsen, Production Carpenter

Melinde Madsen talks about learning new skills, matching tools with her body type and what's in her tool bag.


We Tried the Worx Switchdriver and It Really Is a Time-Saver

Sick of the constant switching back and forth between different bits and tips?  Us, too. That's why we tried this...


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Tear Through DIY Projects with the Family Handyman Approved Diablo Demo Demon Saw Blade

If you're planning on adding a window, knocking down a wall or re-roofing your garage, pick up a Diablo Demo...

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The Best Portable Air Compressors of 2023

Our favorite air compressors for whatever your pneumatic needs may be.


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DeWalt DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw Review (We Approve!)

DeWalt has long been associated with great jobsite tools. This saw is no different.


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Family Handyman Approved: Hart Brushless Reciprocating Saw

This reciprocating saw from Hart Tools is a powerful, all-in-one cutting tool with a brushless motor that DIYers will love.


Did You Know You Can Return Building Materials?

Clear up some clutter in your workshop and make a little money by returning those unused building materials.


12 Things You Should Always Ask a Contractor Before Building a House

The idea of building a new home is exciting. However, if you don't ask your contractor the right questions prior...

Building Material Costs Climb to Record Highs

The cost of construction materials is up across the board, putting a unique strain on homebuilders across the country.


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How to DIY Laundry Room Shelves

Convert your dreary basement laundry into a functional, organized and finished workspace.


5 Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones for Construction

Protect your hearing while you work with these noise-reducing headsets.


10 Things To Do When You Have Contractor Problems

There's nothing quite like a home renovation that's firing on all cylinders. It's easy to get excited when your contractor...


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10 of the Toughest Home Improvement Jobs

Some home improvement projects may look easy, but once you get going, you quickly realize things can be tougher than...


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Crucial Differences Between Licensed & Unlicensed Contractors

Choosing an unlicensed contractor comes with legal liabilities for the homeowner.


5 Essential Tips for Pro Carpenters

Five game-changing pro tips for carpenters who want to up their game and get more efficient on the jobsite.


Members of Congress Urge Federal Action on High Lumber Prices

With the cost of construction materials on the rise, homebuilders look to Washington for a solution to the biggest problem...


5 Best Resources for Women in Skilled Trades

Succeeding as a woman in a historically male-centric industry is no small task. Here are some of the best resources...

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5 Highest-Paying States for Carpenters

Looking to make a life change? Here are the five states with the highest average professional carpenter salaries across the...


How ‘Tstuds’ Change the Way Homes Are Insulated

Framing with Tstuds minimizes air infiltration in a home, reduces carbon footprints, and saves on electrical energy costs.


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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.



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9 Things Carpenters Always Do Working On Their Homes

Ever wonder what practices, principles, tools and materials pro carpenters can't live without? Discover nine of them so you can...


A Pro Carpenter’s Guide to Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...