Carpentry

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

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    How to Drive Screws Perfectly

    For such a simple task, it's surprising how many things can go wrong when you drive screws. Stripped screw heads,...


    How to Frame a Gabled Dormer

    A gabled roof looks great from the outside and adds space and light inside.


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    14 Framing Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

    Build your walls straight, sturdy and plumb with these great tips.


    The Best Carpentry Tips and Advice

    We asked carpentry pros who have spent years pounding thousands of nails to pass along some of the best of...


    Save Big By Hiring Contractors Off-Season

    Choosing the right time to hire home contractors can save you money and get better quality work. Here's the best...


    How to Install Basement Windows and Satisfy Egress Codes

    How to saw the hole, frame the opening and set a basement egress window


    Jigsaws: How to Use and Cut With a Jigsaw

    Use a versatile jigsaw tool to cut lumber, plywood, metal and tile.


    How to Use a Wood Chisel

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

    How to Build an A-Frame Picnic Table

    Learn how to make a picnic table you can build in a day


    Install a New Stair Handrail

    So strong it's kid-proof! We'll show you how to do it.


    Check it Out: DEWALT Cordless Stud/Joist Drill

    We tested out this drill designed for rough-in work. Read on to see how it stacked up.


    Building a Deck: What’s Involved

    A quality deck starts with a sturdy, well-built frame. These are some of the key things to keep in mind...


    Tips for Creating Face Frame Cabinets

    Building face frames is rewarding and not as difficult as you might think. Here’s some great tips and sound advice...


    How to Install a Bow Window

    How to frame a rough window opening, install a new window, trim out the interior and exterior around a new...


    Choosing 4×4 Treated Lumber

    Growth rings tell the story of 4x4 pressure treated lumber.


    How to Use Epoxy on Wood for Repairs

    How to fix rotted wood with durable epoxy.

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    Face Frame Cabinet Building Tips

    Cabinet building advice from the Family Handyman pros


    How to Build a Porch: Screen Porch Construction

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


    Toenailing Basics

    Our staff expert walks you through the basics of this essential carpentry skill.


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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...

    How to Straighten Bowed Stud Walls

    Minor tweaks make a major difference in the finished wall


    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 Install Tongue and Groove Wainscoting

    Step-by-step instructions for installing this beautiful tongue and groove wainscoting right over your existing drywall or plaster.


    How to Install Stair Spindles

    It looks complicated to replace banister spindles...it's not.