Dovetail joints are, in my opinion, the prettiest of joinery techniques. They provide incredibly strong joints that, if done correctly, don't even need glue to hold them together. However, they also require much more skill and precision to create than other joinery methods.
There are a dozen different ways you can finish (or refinish) wood furniture. Knowing more about the different finishes available can help determine what will work best for your project.
A mortise and tenon joint is one of the most basic and strong ways to join two boards together, but it takes a bit more time (and more tools) than some of the other joinery techniques we've discussed.
Ever wonder how to create an arched opening in drywall? The Family Handyman has a step-by-step slideshow that shows how to do it with modern materials like bendable sheetrock and plastic beading.
It can be difficult to get a straight hole when using a hand drill. Some drills come with a level mounted on the back, but Popular Mechanics shares a few other tips for drilling straight.
There a many different ways to construct a fire pit, from a simple ring of stones to something with more modern aesthetic like this poured concrete version. While the project is labor-intensive, you can build it in a weekend for around $150.
Biscuit joinery requires a specialized tool, but it also provides a quick, simple joint that is strong enough for most applications. Here's how a biscuit joiner works, and a few applications when you might use one.
Soldering copper pipes is a more advanced DIY skill, but a great one to have if your house contains copper plumbing. Here's a complete walk-through of how to solder pipes.
I suspect there isn’t a person in the world who hasn’t had trouble trying to find a wall stud when hanging a picture, shelf, or TV mount. Most stud finders are inconsistent at best. In lieu of buying yet another tool, here are a few tips for finding a stud without any fancy equipment.
Fall is a great time to take stock of your gardening and other bladed tools, and get them in pristine shape before they're put away for the season. Sharpening tools like shovels, hoes, pruning shears, knives, and chisels can make a world of a difference in how they work. Here are some tips for sharpening the most…
A cut or damaged power cord will often mean a costly replacement of an otherwise-working tool or appliance. However, there are times when you can repair the cord yourself without replacing the entire tool.
In the last Joinery 101 post, we took a look at joining boards using clamps and glue. Dowels are a simple way to make glued joints even stronger by using small pegs to keep things together.
While using a grill is the most popular method of cooking outside, connoisseurs of slow-cooked meat will tell you that a smoker is the way to go. You don't have to buy another outdoor appliance to smoke your own meat though. This no-weld plan shows you how to build a smoker out of a 55-gallon drum.
Building furniture or shelving generally requires some specialized tools, and joinery or welding skills. However if you like an industrial look to your furniture, you can construct simple pieces using pre-threaded pipes and fittings.
Dipping a roller in some paint and slapping it on a wall seems like such a simple task—and to an extent, it is. But there are a few tips and tools that do make the job quicker, easier, and result in far less paint in your hair.
There are many different types of saws out there, and it can be difficult to determine the best one to use unless you've seen them all in action. This video from Do It Best gives a good overview of common types of power saws and saw blades, and the applications they are designed for.
Sanding is an essential part of any finished woodworking project. In its simplest form, you can use a piece of sandpaper and some elbow grease, but power sanders are much faster and more efficient. This video has some tips for choosing the right sander for your project.
Old counters can make a kitchen feel out-of-date, but replacing them with new, expensive materials isn't always an option. Here are a few less expensive ways to update old counters.
The great debate among tool enthusiasts is which type of power tools are better with a cord and which should be cordless. Tell us what you think!
A new doorknob can make a big difference in how a door looks or works, and most can be replaced with just a few tools. Here's a quick video tutorial from Buildipedia on how door hardware works, and how to replace it.