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Welcome to carpentry tips and tricks! It takes a long time to learn the skills needed to be a carpenter and this site's aim is to reduce that time and the number of mistakes that are made along the way. So, this site is full of carpentry tips, tricks, step by step guides and trade secrets for anyone from DIY newbies to professional carpenters alike.

Some tradesmen are all rounders and others specialise in one aspect of carpentry they particularly enjoy to excel in. There are so many different aspects to carpentry that so far it's separated into various sections on this site; The basics, framing, roofing, kitchens, finishing, loft conversions, laminate floors plus hand & power tools. Also, a section containing useful every day formulas and another with lots of carpentry terms explained has been added too.

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I'm always adding information, pictures and step by step guides to carpentry tips and tricks and answering visitors questions on the Q&A page. Have a good look round I hope you find the information you're looking for. Here are just a few of the most popular tips and topics covered so far;

  • What's involved in an apprenticeship, how to find work, register as self-employed and advertise for carpentry work.
  • Step by step, easy to follow guides for lots of common DIY/carpentry jobs like installing laminate flooring and hanging doors for example.
  • Tool advice for sharpening, setup and use
  • Recommended books and resources i've bought and found useful over the years
  • Loft conversion tips - a great business or DIY home improvement
  • A list of common carpentry terms and their meanings
  • Everyday carpentry formula/maths useful for areas, rafter lengths, 3-4-5 rule etc.
  • Loads more!
  • The site is new, and growing every day. The fastest way to find what you're looking for at carpentry tips and tricks is to use the search bar below or go to the site map page with links to all pages added so far.

    If you don't find the answer to your question here already, use the Carpentry Q&A page to ask myself and other visitors for help or advice. That way you get the info you need, and future visitors can find it on your very own carpentry tips and tricks page too!

    Top 5 recently added carpentry tips and tricks

    Trend chisel sharpener review

    Trend chisel sharpener
    I don't know a carpenter that doesn't have one of these, so here I take a look at a new jig that can get a razor sharp edge in hardly any time. I was sick of setting up my honing guide twice for each chisel, then using both sides of my diamond stone to first grind and then hone a chisel. Thank God there's now an easy way!

    Installing laminate flooring at a doorway

    getting laminate under a doorway

    When you're laying laminate flooring the hardest part is when you get to the doorway. Make use of the expansion gap to get the board in, and plane the lip off the tongue (this changes it to normal tongue and groove instead of click together) so you can click the boards to each other.

    Making an inexpensive floating shelf using a hollow core door

    How can you make a really strong floating shelf for less than £25? By ripping down a ply flush door and fixing it to the wall! There's 3 different ways to make a floating shelf explained on the page above.

    How to router and install window cills

    You can buy window cills off the shelf or make your own. The page above shows you how to make and fix, and how to make window cills for victorian sash windows with architraves round them too.

    Trimming ceiling joists out to make way for a loft trap

    Click above to see how I trim ceiling joists out in new builds or renovations to accomodate an access hatch to the loft space


    With a bit of patience, practice and the right advice anyone can learn basic carpentry skills, one of the oldest and most useful trades of them all. Whether you are thinking of starting a carpenter career (a great idea), have already completed an apprenticeship or you are a DIY / hobbyist who is improving and adding a personal touch to your home - free help is here.

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