Carpentry

The road to becoming a master carpenter starts with learning these expert skills and techniques.

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Check Out Early Sketches and Blueprints of the Getaway

Want to see some early sketches and blueprints of our Getaway dream cabin? Explore how the Family Handyman team first envisioned the layout of our modern and innovative build.

Estimating Software Technology

What? You’re not using geospatial generated estimates? Read this article to find out why you should start.


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How to Finish, Frame, and Insulate a Basement

With special framing and insulating techniques, your basement can be as comfortable as any other room in your home. Find...


DIY Treehouse Ideas and Helpful Building Tips

Advice and tips for building, attaching and furnishing your home in the treetops. Learn how to build a treehouse from...


How to Use a Wood Chisel

Tips for sharpening and using a chisel, one of the carpenter's basic tools.

How to Build a Porch: Screen Porch Construction

Add an enclosed screen porch to your house using basic framing and deck building techniques.


Fool-Proof Wall Framing Tips for New Construction

Learn how to frame a wall and avoid common framing errors with these pro tips on framing a wall.

Metal Studs: How to Use and Frame With Metal Studs

Tools and techniques for building basement and partition walls with steel studs.


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7 Deck Building Tips from the Pros

Techniques for deck building, framing a deck, building stairs and railings and adding deck trim.


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.


How to Use a Power Planer

And electric planer: It shaves and shapes wood like a hand plane, a belt sander and a jointer all rolled...

Frameless Kitchen Cabinets

A pro shows you the special installation techniques for these 'Euro-style' cabinets.