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What is a normal height for countertops?

In very old houses, you’ll find that the height of their countertops can vary. But in the mid-20th century, homebuilding exploded and countertop heights became standardized. That way, cabinets could be built in factories, saving the builders a lot of money.

My deck stair treads are rotting! Can I replace them?

Deck stair treads–especially FRONT deck stair treads–are prone to coming loose, detaching, and even breaking. This article and video from The Honest Carpenter will show you how to replace individual deck stair treads. It will also give you great tip on how to make deck treads stronger...

Cross lap joints – how do I cut them?

Cross lap joints–or “overlapping” joints–are used to create beautiful, continuous lines in wooden structures and furniture. This article will show you how to cut clean cross lap joints, especially in thicker lumber where typical woodworking tools won’t quite do the...

Our Friends Across The Pond…The NYMR!

I receive a lot of nice messages through my YouTube comments section. It’s one of my favorite things about the boom my channel has experienced these last few months! But, recently, one comment in particular stuck out from the rest… Charlie, a member of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, wrote in...

Step ladder tips – here are 6 great ones!

Step ladders have many more functions than most people realize. This short article and video from The Honest Carpenter will teach you 6 of the most helpful step ladder tricks and secrets! (Note: #4 is one of the most helpful tips I use on a regular basis…) (The following content contains...

Don’t mess up your circular saw! Here’s a tip!

Take care to avoid setting your circular saw down on concrete or masonry! These rough, stony surfaces can scratch the underside of your saw’s “sole plate” (the metal platform that provides a square base for your saw to rest on). These scratches will in turn scuff any lumber you cut! Instead, try...

I need a lattice screen! How do I build one to hide my garbage cans?

Lattice screens–or “hideaway” screens–are structures built to conceal the more unsightly elements found around a house. Whether you want to hide a cluster of trash cans, a propane tank, or an AC unit, the lattice screen build described in this article will give you all the...

Can you paint treated wood? Yep, we show you how!

Yes, you can paint treated wood! But, the process of painting treated wood is not quite as straightforward as it seems. This short article and video from The Honest Carpenter will teach you the tips you need to know in order to paint your treated wood projects more effectively! (The following...

I need some planter boxes! – how do I build them?

Planter boxes come in all shapes and sizes. However, certain design elements are useful in all planter box projects! This short article will provide a detailed description of how to build sturdy, long-lasting planter boxes, with a focus on the construction techniques and material selections...