One of the basic joining techniques of carpentry is toenailing. This method of creating joints can also be used to edge resistant boards into position. To learn how to do it on your own can be frustrating, but The Family Handyman has made the process easier through this step by step tutorial. Written in plain English, there are also useful photos and diagrams to illustrate the instructions.

It also offers tips that beginners may not think of, like drilling pilot holes or using blocks to act as supporting spacers to keep everything stationary while fixing the stud in place. The writer also details the correct arm and wrist movement, as well as how to avoid common problems encountered when practicing the technique.

For those interested in do-it-yourself home improvement projects, there are lots of helpful tips available online.  But if you encounter a major repair that's best left to a professional, contact the full-service home improvement contractors at Quarve - serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.  763-785-1472.