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Carpentry

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

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    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...


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    Building the Ultimate Backyard

    This Florida family had no idea how great their ultimate backyard would be once the Family Handyman editors were done.


    The Easiest Carpet to Clean: Tested and Approved

    Dirt clings to carpeting like nobody's business, but we've discovered a better carpet combination to keep your home clean. Plus,...


    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,...

    Stuff We Love: 3 Distinctly Different Framing Hammers

    This edition of Stuff We Love focuses in on three framing hammers with a variety of uses and nifty features.


    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...


    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.


    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


    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.