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

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12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some big changes to your home.

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What to Know About Coping Trim

Here's a quick little rundown on what to know about coping trim for inside corners.


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Vintage Family Handyman Project from 1970: How to Build a Trash Compressor

To celebrate Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, we're sharing some projects from past issues, all the way back to our first...


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How to Build an Under-the-Stairs Storage Unit

Organized, easy-access storage — and lots of it!


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How to Resurface Your Fireplace

From dull and dated to modern masterpiece in one weekend.

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How to Make a DIY Dog House

Your dog will love it. And so will you.


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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...

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How to Build a Backyard Ring Toss Game

Your whole family will love this fun yard game.


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How to Upgrade Your Shower in a Weekend

Get an impressive shower upgrade without breaking the bank or turning your basement into a jobsite.


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How to Increase Storage Space In Your Bathroom

Turn unused bathroom space into a hidden yet functional cabinet. 


Amazing DIY Treehouse Ideas and Building Tips

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

Sit or Stand: How to Make Your Own Adjustable DIY Desk

This customized DIY desk provides comfort whether you prefer sitting or standing.


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.


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...


Metal, Wood and More: Tools and Tips for All Kinds of Cuts

These will definitely get you out of a few jams.

How to Install Basement Windows and Satisfy Egress Codes

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


How to Use a Wood Chisel

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


Jigsaws: How to Use and Cut With a Jigsaw

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


How to Build an A-Frame Picnic Table

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Learn how to make a picnic table you can build...


Install a New Stair Handrail

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


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.

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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


Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...


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.


How to Straighten Bowed Stud Walls

Minor tweaks make a major difference in the finished wall