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How To Use A Chalk Line
Tips for making accurate, straight lines using a chalk line.
Set Roof Trusses The Right Way
We visited a truss plant and asked about the most common mistakes framers make when...
Three Awesome Ideas For Baseboard (VIDEO)
Raise your trim game.
Boring a Door For a Lever And a Latch (VIDEO)
In this video, Richard McMurray goes through the steps of boring a door for a lever and a latch.
Simple Trick For Removing Baseboard (VIDEO)
In this video Richard McMurray shares a simple and effective trick for removing buried baseboard
Trick For Installing Two-Piece Baseboard (VIDEO)
In this video, Richard McMurray shares a time-saving trick for working with two-piece baseboard.
Simple Trick For Measuring Trim (VIDEO)
In this video Richard McMurray of Finish Carpentry TV shares a simple trick for measuring...
Wood Corner Joints
Professional woodworker Brad Holden shares his 4 favorite joints. Bonus: find out which one is the...
Workbench Hold-Down Clamp
This easy-to-build hold-down clamp adds great clamping versatility to any workbench and is quick to...
Drill with a Backer Board for Best Results
Avoid wood blowout with a backer board.
Create a Fence-Straddling Push Stick
You've never seen a push stick like this before. It's a great tool to help...
Framing Square Drilling Jig
Learn how to build this framing square drilling jig for your drill press.
Kind and Gentle Clamp Jaws
Clamping up projects without sticking bumper boards between the clamps and the wood is easy,...
Replacing a Casement Window In a Brick Opening
In this video, Matt Risinger shows how to replace a casement window in a brick opening.
Protect Tubs From Damage While Homebuilding
In this video Matt Risinger shares a quick tip on how he keeps bath's and...
Building Pocket Doors With Matt Risinger (VIDEO)
In this video Matt RIsinger shows how to install a quality pocket door by avoiding...
Laser Levels With Matt Risinger (VIDEO)
In this video, Matt Risinger talks about three of his favorite things: framing, craftsmanship, and...
Secrets of the Sawhorse: 7 Tips & Tricks
A folding metal sawhorse is every tradesman’s best buddy. They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and...
How To Replace a Load-Bearing Post
In this story we'll show you the best tools and methods for lifting and shoring...
Stair Codes: Rise, Run, and Nosing
This is a simple but helpful summary of what the IRC code says about building...
Flooring Innovation From The Remodeling and Deck Expo (VIDEO)
In this video,Matt Risinger talks to one of the founders of Stellar Innovations, a...
Game-Changing Products From the Baltimore Remodeling Show and Deck Expo
Watch this video for a look at some of the cool new products Matt Risinger...
Five Essential Hand Tools For Trim Carpenters (VIDEO)
Find out which five hand tools you will need while, if you want to be a trim carpenter.
PRO TIP: Prevent Sawdust Buildup (VIDEO)
Learn how to build a drill press jig that will prevent buildup of sawdust and...
How Do Trusses Impact Energy Efficiency? (VIDEO)
How do trusses impact energy efficiency?
Tape Measure Tips From A Long-Time Pro (VIDEO)
In this video, Scott Wadsworth shares a montage of tape measure tips that he has...
Can String Cut Plastic? (VIDEO)
Can you use plastic to cut string? Scott Wadsworth "the Essential Craftsman" takes a look...
Not Your Typical Cabinet Shop
Can you guess what’s being built in this woodshop? Hint: It ain’t cabinets.
Simple Ways To Upgrade Your Workbench
Protect and improve your workbench with these ingenious tips.
Save Old Wood Glue
What to do when wood glue gets too thick
Best Bar Clamp Tip
Prevent pipe clamps from marring your wood projects with this one simple and inexpensive trick.
Prevent Stuck Caps
If it's been a couple of months since you last used your oil finish, the...