Carpentry

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

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      Fantastic Framing Tips the Pros Use

      Here are some great framing tips that will help you build your walls straight, strong and fast.


      Ceiling Panels: How to Install a Beam and Panel Ceiling

      A quick, inexpensive way to transform a room—and a beautiful cover-up for damaged ceilings


      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...


      Reader Project: DIY Custom Playset

      The Family Handyman reader, Nick was looking for a playset for his son. but he was not impressed with the...


      No Cutting Corners: Tips for Tight Miters and Coped Joints

      Tips for tight miters and coped joints.


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      How to Use a Benchtop Wood Planer

      Smooth rough lumber, clean up sawn edges and reclaim salvaged boards with a wood planer


      How to Build a Garage: Framing a Garage

      Learn how to build a garage with these tips to help you plan, build a solid foundation, frame and more.


      Amazing Miter Joint Clamp

      Make these amazing miter joint clamps now so that you have them the next time someone needs a frame.

      Third-Hand Crown Molding Hanger

      Mounting long pieces of molding by yourself is a lot easier with this molding hanger.


      Trim Edge-banding with a Chisel

      Check out this awesome edge-banding veneer trick.


      Framing Tips Vol. 1

      Clear communication is key This is how I stay organized with myself and the guys. The first picture shows how


      Framing Square Drilling Jig

      Want to cut holes in the same spot in a whole pile of workpieces? Read on to learn how to...


      How to Frame a Window, Build Window Headers and Door Headers

      These wooden “bridges” let you create lots of big openings without weakening the walls.


      Reader Project: Year-Round Tree House

      Jim Heim’s tree house is play-ready in any season. In warm weather, it’s an outdoor playground where kids can swing, slide and climb.


      Reader Project: Timber-Frame Shop

      From planning to finishing, Mike spent three years on his shop. He had lots of help from friends, but hired pros only for...


      Reader Project: Home Theater

      I built this 13×20-ft. home theater from scratch, only bare concrete foundation walls and existing load-bearing walls were in this

      More Planing, Less Exercise

      Fasten your portable planer to a board; then fasten the board to a miter saw stand. The stand’s board supports...


      Reader Project: Dream Shed

      Check out this version of The Family Handyman’s Dream Shed, originally published in the July/August 2013 issue. See what additions...


      Reader Project: Showcase Wall

      Check out reader Mike Farron’s rendition of The Family Handyman’s Showcase Wall, originally published in the December/January 2015 issue. Photos:


      Woodworking Jig For Complex Shapes

      Learn the ancient art of tick sticking


      Top Trim Carpentry Tools

      A veteran trimmer reveals his secret weapons

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      How to Build Small Sawhorses

      Baby saw horses for the shop


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      How to Plane Rough Lumber

      Learn the basics of flattening rough-sawn wood


      Building Rock-Solid Exterior Walls

      Hidden braces keep your house plumb and level


      How to Remove Stuck Nails: Hammer Tips

      Stubborn nail got you stumped? Try these tricks for pulling the toughest nails.


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      How to Use a Block Plane

      Tips for using and sharpening the versatile block plane.


      The Best Sander for Finishing Cabinets

      Random orbital sanders do the best job of finish-sanding wood.