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Carpentry

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

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    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.

    How to Build a Timber Frame Garden Arbor

    You can cut perfect, old-style joints with standard tools...and keep all the fasteners out of sight


    Weekend Wainscoting

    Traditional elegance, home-center materials


    Building Cabinets With Pocket Screws

    Intimidated by cabinet work? Even a novice can make fine joints with pocket screws


    Frameless Kitchen Cabinets

    A pro shows you the special installation techniques for these 'Euro-style' cabinets.


    Installing Large Garage Cabinets

    With this 2x2 frame and panel system, you can add 80-plus cubic feet of storage in an afternoon