Whether looking to buy, build, or just fix up a home, chances are you have called on the services of a carpenter. With many charging hundreds of dollars per hour, it can be an expensive call. Save some dough and learn more about the industry before picking up the phone.
To help, we have collected the top 100 carpentry blogs. With entries for everything from residential to commercial, electrical to plumbing, and everything in between, you are sure to find what you are looking for. You can also use many of them to find a licensed professional in your area.
Top Carpentry News Blogs
Get the latest news in carpentry by visiting the below blogs.
1. Smart Brief
No matter what industry of carpentry you prefer, there are options for you here. The site keeps up to date with contractors, civil engineers, concrete, roofing, and many other areas of construction and real estate. You can also use it to get news in other industries.
2. Builder Magazine
Stop here for an information source for the home building industry. Topics include construction, design, sales, green building, and there is even a Builder TV option with much more.
The Engineer News Record also keeps headlines for those interested in carpentry. Options on this site include topics from infrastructure to economics. They even keep cost reports and other white papers on hand.
4. Science Daily
Need to learn about the latest building materials or methods used in carpentry? Then check out this science based website that reports on items such as strengthened glass, living buildings, and flaws in current building methods.
5. Construction News Portal
This is the blog for news on equipment, cranes, mining, road, and tunnel building news. Check out headlines by the latest, or you can look them up by company, product, machine, and more.
6. AGC of America
The Associated General Contractors of America keep a steady news feed of breaking news in the construction industry. You can also find a chapter in your area, get state construction data, and annual reports.
7. Construction Informer
Construction news, views, interviews, and more are the topics of this blog. There are also posts on related topics from managing to finance.
8. Construction Journal
News headlines in both commercial and residential carpentry are featured here. There are also links to headlines in carpentry education and a project database.
Top Carpentry Contracting Blogs
Learn more about carpentry and contracting in these blogs.
9. Contracting Business
Choose from several professional bloggers on this site from energy conservation to women in HVAC. They also feature webcasts, the latest news, and much more.
10. The General Contractor
Both homeowners and contractors can find resources here. In addition to the latest news, there are also many blogs to choose from including by city and profession.
11. Contractor Blab Blog
This blog is dedicated to helping those with a contracting business and how to grow it. Recent posts are on cutbacks, time well spent, contracting marketing, and business vs. job.
12. GovCon Blog
If interested in the government side of contracting and carpentry, visit here. This group often works with the public sector and blogs about how laws affect the business.
13. The Quirky Contractor
Mitch is a professional contractor and a “quirky person.” True to form, blog entries take on interesting and quirky topics such as DIY, renovation help, tools under review, and more.
The National Contract Management Association keeps a news feed of the latest happenings in the industry. You can also use the site to get certified, attend events, read one of their publications, or even get connected to other contractors.
15. Construction Marketing
Construction marketing strategies and resources are what this blog offers. Topics range on everything from free web tools for contractors to remodeling tips for specific locations.
16. Contractor Talk
If you haven’t found what you are looking for in the above contracting blogs, click here. They are forums specifically for contractors to ask and answer questions.
Top Residential Carpentry Blogs
Home construction is the focus of these carpentry blogs.
17. A Concord Carpenter
You don’t have to live in this part of Massachusetts to take advantage of the blog, but it doesn’t hurt. Robert Robillard is a professional carpenter and shares more on his blog here. He even offers a weekly tool giveaway.
18. Home Construction Improvement
Expert home improvement advice is featured here. Every subject from power tools to structure gets its fair share of blog entries.
19. Journal of Light Construction
This is a monthly publication for builders and remodelers. Check out the featured articles on the homepage, or get more information from their JLC TV channel.
20. Home Fixated
Visit here for “where the DIY meets the LOL.” Loads of expert how-to guides are featured, as well as tips for what not to do.
21. Building Moxie
This blog has tips for both home and neighborhood. With a tagline of “do together daily,” it is a great way to get others involved in carpentry.
If you can imagine it, this blog can help you build it. Stop by for tips on materials, fixtures, equipment, contractors, and even home building plans.
23. Housing Zone
Both professional builders and remodelers can stop here for entries for both inside and outside of the home. A recent entry was on a tankless water heater.
They offer a free service for homeowners to find reputable renovators, repairmen, and retailers by searching its database of almost two million companies. Visit to read testimonials or write your own.
Top Commercial Carpentry Blogs
Everything from strip malls to skyscrapers are part of these carpentry blogs.
25. Facilities Net
Facility management and other professional carpentry resources are found here. Choose from lighting, fire safety, or many other topics covered by blog posts or webcasts.
26. Construction & Demolition Recycling
Learn how to both tear it down and build it up on this blog. Videos, news, and more help you do just that.
Stop here for a construction blog that “dips below bedrock.” Popular posts include global warming and the $13.5 million project.
Visit this blog for the journal of affordable housing and community building. In addition to the blog, you can also get research, jobs, and web exclusives.
29. Site-K Construction Zone
This blog actually features a column called The Daily Dirt on the industry. You can also get new entries on all sorts of construction topics as well as items on new and used equipment.
30. Site Prep
Learn everything you need to know about prepping a site for commercial carpentry on this blog. Resources are featured both online and in print.
31. Construction Risk Blog
Know more about the industry and risk less with the help of this blog. Most popular posts include lawsuits and a ruling on crane safety.
32. Darren Slaughter
He helps small and medium sized commercial and residential contractors improve their marketing communications. Check out the blog to see how and get tips for your own carpentry business.
33. Collaborative Construction Blog
This company helps stakeholders in the construction industry craft, negotiate, and implement integrated agreements. The latest news and breakthroughs in the industry are also covered in the blog.
34. Hard Hat Chat
This is the blog of Englewood Construction in Chicago. They share observations and conversations about commercial construction, development, and management.
Top Carpentry Material Blogs
These blogs involve a specific material or area of construction.
35. Roofing Contractor
Learn more about the roofing industry in this blog. The site includes breaking news, digital education, a career center, and more.
36. Thomas Net
Learn the latest on materials for carpentry solutions here. Choose from the green, electrical, and many other products.
37. Walls and Ceilings
Dry walling and related areas are the focus of this blog. Entries can be on corners, fasteners, code compliance, and much more.
38. Floor Covering Installer
Learn loads about flooring and the industry on this blog. You can also check out articles from the latest issue of their magazine.
Get the latest in home appliance news and trends here. Everything from stoves to air conditioners and outdoor grills are reviewed.
40. Popular Woodworking
This magazine helps those at all levels who are interested in working with wood. Check it out to see videos, get project ideas, tool recommendations, and more.
41. Lighting Trends
Check out the latest in lighting with a visit to this blog. Home, office, and life designs are all shared.
Get the more trendy and designer information on materials in this blog. Furniture, lighting, and related items are usually reviewed.
43. Masonry Work Tools
Visit this blog for information for tools for bricklayers. Categories include cleaning, mortar, flashing, and even forklifts.
This blog is obsessed with the construction equipment industry. Topics range from agricultural to the World of Concrete tradeshow.
Top Carpentry Design Blogs
Get loads of design inspiration by checking out these blogs.
45. The Kitchen Designer
One of the most important rooms in a home, get all sorts of resources for designing a kitchen at this blog. Susan Serra has been a professional designer for over 20 years and shares loads of expert tips.
A DIY design community is the focus of this blog. Topics include furniture, kitchen, crafts, and more.
47. Old House Web
Get all sorts of design ideas for older homes on this blog. How-to advice, a green guide, in the garden, and more sections are offered.
48. Home Edit
Interior and home design is the focus of this blog. Read the latest entry or get random how to tips such as choosing a fireplace and Feng Shui bedroom.
49. Home Designing
Stop here for inspirational home and interior design ideas. Choose from kitchen, bathroom, by style, and even real life house tours.
50. Design Milk
Learn about interior design, particularly of furniture and other in home features, on this blog. The latest entry was on an interesting crib design.
51. Desire to Inspire
Want to know what the best kitchens of the year were? Then stop at this blog to read the post or get many related ones.
52. House Home Design
All three topics are the focus of this blog. Categories range from apartments to wood houses. A recent entry was on a double home in Spain.
53. Kitchen and Residential Design
Get notes and anecdotes from a real, professional kitchen designer here. Answers to reader’s questions, tips, and even random thoughts are all shared.
54. The Style Court
With both definitions for style and court, this blog prefers to review more open spaces. Top posts are on rules and The Rolling Stones.
Get the latest in design and architecture from a green point of view here. A fridge that cleans itself and serves meals was the topic of a recent post.
Top Carpentry Electrician Blogs
Learn more about electrical work, wiring, and more on these blogs.
56. Timothy’s Electrical Blog
He is a professional electrician and blogger at About.com. DIY projects and troubleshooting are just some of the projects dealt with on the blog.
57. EZ DIY Electricity
Think electrical work is over your head? Then stop here to get loads of resources on wiring help, how to articles, diagrams, and much more.
58. The Internet Electrician Blog
Join Terry for some professional advice and instruction on home wiring projects. Technology and daily life are also topics of posts.
59. Los Angeles Electrician Blog
Go inside the mind of Kim Hopkins on this blog. He includes rants, raves, and observations with 30 years of experience to draw on.
60. Geocaching Electrical Safety Blog
Although this isn’t a traditional carpentry electrical blog, Johnny still keeps useful electrical tips. Most of them involve geocaching, but the safety elements are definitely worth a read.
61. Outdoor Electrical Safety Check
Similar to the above, this is a guide all about safety information for electricians. Contents include safety devices, the outdoors, hazards, and more.
62. Green Power Easy
Doing a carpentry project with a green frame of mind? Then check out this electrical blog to get the latest reviews in green power products.
63. Electrical Contractor
Click here for a resource in electrical trade, contracting, and even the consuming side of the business. New entries are sparse but useful tips are included.
64. Call 811
Why should you call the number or read before starting an electrical project? Because your very safety, as well as the neighborhood power sources, are at stake.
Top Carpentry Plumbing Blogs
Get your pipes right with the below carpentry blogs.
Visit here for another carpentry blog, this one on plumbing, from About.com. Must reads include how to unclog a drain and five tips for pricing plumbers.
66. Quality 1st Plumbing Repair
Everything from commercial plumbing to the DIY is discussed on this blog. You can also send in your plumbing questions or read the latest entry.
67. 1-800 Anytime
These carpenters and contractors have a special section for plumbing, along with answers to many common questions. You can also find items on electrical and HVAC.
Quiz your own home or project’s water efficiency with a visit to this EPA sponsored site. You can test your own water sense, calculate savings on a project, and even find rebates near you.
69. Plumbing and Mechanical
The latest news in the plumbing and mechanical industry is featured here. You can also get blogs, videos, and more.
70. The Faucet Site
Stop here for a showcase of faucets and plumbing fixtures on one blog. Links to many popular makers are also included.
71. My Plumbing Portal
A variety of bloggers comment on the happenings of the plumbing and piping industry. Visitors can also read the latest news, get buyer’s guide, and even check out RJ’s Tool Bin.
72. Nootbaar Plumbing
This is a licensed, bonded, insured, family owned, and operated full service plumbing company. Everything from shower curtains to kitchen island upgrades is shared.
Top Carpentry Renovation Blogs
Learn how to remodel, renovate, or redo any project with the help of these blogs.
73. One Project Closer
If your to-do list is a mile long, tackle it one project at a time on this blog. There are tool reviews, how to guides, and even coupons for the carpenters.
74. Remodel Buddy
This company specializes in helping people renovate their homes. Check out the blog to get even more tips, or watch videos on the subject.
These nationwide remodelers have loads to say about the subject. Popular posts include turning a garage into a dream home and Christmas ideas.
Get a “sourcebook for the considered home” here. You can get inspired, choose which room to renovate, and even get the latest design news.
77. Homeowner’s Blog
Home improvement with an eye on sustainability is what you will find on this blog. Best of the posts include making a French drain and a well pump pressure switch.
78. 100K House
All things modern, affordable, and green are covered here. The blog began as a record for an attempt to build a LEED home for $100,000 and has since evolved into this popular blog.
79. Young House Love
Sherry and John are a young married couple and are looking to upgrade their 50 year old home. See how and get other family news with a visit.
80. Kathy’s Remodeling Blog
In addition to sharing her own DIY remodeling stories, Kathy also asks readers to send in their own. You can read them all from additions to windows.
81. Rambling Renovations
Click here for the blog of a designing couple who are eager to put their handyman skills to use in their renovation project. Great reads for year’s end are the topic of the latest post.
82. Retro Renovation
Pam Kueber is your guide to renovation for post war homes. The blog is also a daily dose of mid-century renovation resource, design inspiration, vintage finds, and friends all interested in cherishing their homes.
83. A(nother) Renovation Blog
See how they do renovation carpentry overseas in this blog. Kayba is from London where she is currently renovating her home and blogs all about it.
Top Carpentry Podcasts
Learn more about carpentry with a listen and even look below.
84. Handyguys Podcast
Work together on the to-do list at this podcast. The Handy Guys take on everything from recessed lighting to making a sandwich the handy way.
85. Full Episodes
Why listen to a podcast a few minutes long when you can watch entire episodes of HGTV series on their website. Top choices for carpenters currently include “All American Handyman” and “Bang for Your Buck.”
86. Video Library
The DIY Network is where thousands of handymen stop to learn and watch all sorts of projects. With loads of choices in just the Most Popular section, make time for this site.
87. How To
Ever wish you could take one of those guys from Home Depot home with you? Then get the next best thing by checking out their expert how to guides listed right on the site.
Not to be outdone, Lowe’s also has a special how to section for various projects around the home. You can also get home ideas and a personalized help center.
89. Fine Homebuilding
The video library of this massive site contains entries on everything from drilling holes to inspecting a chimney. There are also tons of how-to entries, a tool guide, blogs, and even a gallery.
90. Tool Talk
Not to be confused with the show, this is actually a podcast on all things relating to tools. Although there are over 60 episodes to choose from, it has been a while since the last one.
From the same blog as the above, this is the home of One Beer Projects. Although they have also stopped making new episodes, projects such as fixing the dryer and repairing wood surfaces can still be found.
Top Specialty Carpentry Blogs
These carpentry blogs deal with a specific aspect of the business.
92. Construction Law
Walker Duke is an attorney and represents companies in construction law. Visit his blog to get the latest in rulings and law news.
93. Construction Law Musings
Like the above, Christopher Hill is a lawyer specializing in construction law. However, his blog tends to lead towards musings on both construction and law, along with everything in between.
94. Construction Software Review
Just as technology is taking over every business, carpentry is no exception. Visit here to get the latest in software reviews before spending hundreds on an item.
If you love tools as much as this blogger does, you’ll both be happy with a visit here. In addition to reviewing tools, they also specialize in breaking them and invite you to submit your own for review.
96. Kevin Palmer House Painting Blog
Learn more about interior and exterior painting on this blog. Kevin Palmer is a painting company that serves Connecticut but offers tips to everyone who checks out the blog.
97. A Woodworking Odyssey
Rookster took a woodworking class in 2003 and fell in love with it. Check out his blog to get useful carpentry tips such as building your own bandsaw.
98. Dan’s Shop
Another wood working blog, Dan enjoys working with hand tools. A recent entry asked readers about a mystery tool.
99. Full Chisel
Get carpentry the old way on this blog. Hand tools and elbow grease are often the topic of posts.
100. Custom Furniture Building
If you wish to extend your carpentry skills to something you can sit on, click here. Chris Davis informs his readers of the inner workings of the furniture business and shows you items as they are completed.
Be sure and consult an experienced expert before following any of the advice read on the above top 100 carpentry blogs. For example, a leak can only be prevented if the water is off and a shock happens when circuits aren’t tested.
For a free and fun carpentry tool, try Google Sketchup. You can use the free program to design everything from a chair to a building. There are even options to share with the community or get inspired.