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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.


10-Minute House Repair and Home Maintenance Tips

Simple fixes to household headaches that take 10 minutes or less — these home repairs are quick and easy.


10 DIY Projects To Make Work-From-Home Life Easier

Don't be stuck with a lousy workspace. These 10 DIY projects will make your work-from-home experience MUCH easier.


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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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9 Things Carpenters ALWAYS Do Working On Their Homes

Ever wonder what practices, principles, tools and materials pro carpenters can't live without? Discover nine of them so you can...


Vintage Family Handyman Project from 1982: How to Build a Weekend Retreat

Family Handyman has always taken great pride in teaching readers to DIY through step-by-step projects. To celebrate our 70th anniversary, here's...

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17 Most Common Carpentry Mistakes Beginners Make

A pro relays the 17 most common mistakes made by carpentry beginners, to help you bend the learning curve in...


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Every Tool You Need to Work Side Jobs as a Carpenter

Considering a side gig as a carpenter? Make sure you have these essential carpentry tools.


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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.

11 Female DIYers Who Are Changing the Game

Women have carved out a powerful space for themselves in DIY. Find out more about just a few of our...


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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. 

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Girls Garage Book Empowers Young Women to Build, Believe

Emily Pilloton wants her book, Girls Garage, to inspire generations of young women to become "fearless builder girls."


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14 Things Home Depot Employees Won’t Tell You

The Home Depot offers a wealth of materials, resources and a customer-friendly return policy. But there are a few secrets...


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...


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What to Know About Wall Studs

Wall studs are vertical pieces of wood or metal that help form the framework of a stud wall. New to...


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

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


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Impact Drill: What It Is and When Do You Use it?

Impact drills, better known as impact drivers, are handheld tools designed to drive screws fast. We're here to help you...


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...


Working With Steel Studs: Metal Stud Framing

How would you like to be able to frame a perfectly straight wall each and every time? It's possible with...


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.