Carpentry

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

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5 Lessons We Learned While Building a Deck

When you build a deck from the ground up, you're going to learn some things. Here are some of the lessons we learned while building a deck this summer.

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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...


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Everything to Know About Strap Hinges

If you like to see your door hardware, choose a strap hinge. With two long, narrow, exposed leaves, a strap...


Amazing Repair Products

Sometimes all it takes is the right product to make a quick and easy fix.


4 Proven Methods for Creating Wood Joints

Make strong, long-lasting joints without needing years of woodworking expertise or a big budget.

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.