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With over a decade spent on residential and commercial construction job sites, Dan Stout has the hands-on experience to speak to builders, contractors, and homeowners with the voice of authority. Much of his work centers on demystifying the building industry by simplifying construction jargon for homeowners and laying out best business practices for contractors. Dan's non-fiction has appeared on numerous blogs and vendor websites, while his prize-winning fiction has been featured in publications such as Nature and The Saturday Evening Post. His debut novel Titanshade is scheduled for a 2019 release from DAW Books.

10 Most Common Woodworking Mistakes Made By Beginners

Seeing complex, beautifully built projects can be intimidating to newcomers. But take heart! Every skilled woodworker started out at as a beginner, struggling to cut a straight line. If you're still early on the learning curve, here are 10 woodworking lessons that the Family Handyman team has learned the hard way. We're sharing them so that you don't have to! Learn from our mistakes and get your woodworking expertise kickstarted in the right direction.