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

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    Finish Carpentry Tips

    Great results, even in bad situations. We'll walk you through the best tips for DIY finish carpentry.

    How to Install Craftsman Window Trim and Craftsman Door Casing

    Stylish Arts-and-Crafts woodwork built up from simple oak boards

    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.

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    20 Marking Hacks Every DIYer Should Know

    See 20 astounding hacks that'll help make your marking more accurate and your days more productive.

    Trim Repair: How to Fix and Revive Trim

    Renew dull trim in one weekend.

    Must Know Shortcuts for Trim Carpenters

    Install trim faster, with better results

    Simple Window Trim and Door Trim Guide

    Window trim and door trim with old world elegance—it’s actually easier than standard trim.

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    Metal Studs: How to Use and Frame With Metal Studs

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

    Perfect Trim on Doors, Windows and Base Moldings

    Tricks for getting tight-fitting joints on door and window casings and on base moldings.

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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 Remove Wood Trim

    The best way to remove trim without damaging the wall

    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's not.

    How to Fill Holes in Woodwork Around Your Home

    Colored putty and marking pens hide woodwork flaws quickly and easily. Here we'll show you how to fill nail holes...

    How to Build Window Cornices

    Custom-build your own window cornices for one-fourth the price of store-bought

    Safety First: Install an Outdoor Stair Railing

    Add safety and style with a custom outdoor stair railing

    Plumb Bobs and Levels: An Essential Guide

    Build straight and true with less effort

    Simple Hacks to Maximize Your Sawhorses

    How to get the most from folding metal horses—and other breeds

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    How to Repair a Load-Bearing Post

    Floor sagging? Here's the solid cure for rotting posts and sinking footings.

    How to Prepare Wood Trim for a Smooth Paint Job

    Here's how to wash, sand, scrap and fill woodwork for a smooth finish.

    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.

    Making Sense of Lumber Dimensions

    The difference between “nominal” and “actual” dimensions for items like 2x4 dimensions

    How to Use Epoxy Resin Like a Pro

    What is epoxy? Epoxy has several advantages over other adhesives and fillers. It can fill gaps and still retain strength,...

    Identifying Treated Lumber

    Clearing up treated lumber tag confusion

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    This Nail Hack Will Prevent Wood From Splitting

    This simple nail hack will help to prevent wood from splitting.

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    How to Instantly Remove Spray Foam Mistakes

    Get rid of spray foam overspray with this cheap and simple trick.

    How to Make Your Own Shims

    Shims are one of a carpenter's most commonly used tools. So what should you do if you run out? Try...

    Fantastic Framing Tips the Pros Use

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