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As the daughter of a carpenter and an English teacher, Jenn has been honing her love for woodworking and writing her entire life. After nearly a decade as a writer and producer for This Old House, she bought her first home in rural New England and launched her blog, Build Basic. Since then Jenn has also rejoined the This Old House family as the editor of House One, and now their in-house DIY Expert sharing easy woodworking and home improvement projects.

How to Install Decorative Stair Brackets

Turn a bland stringer into an elegant eye-catcher with shapely, decorative stari brackets—a low-cost DIY upgrade.

Mobile workbench tool organizer
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Mobile Workbench with Tool Organizer

In part two of this mobile workbench series, House One Editor and DIY Expert Jenn Largesse shows how to add tool storage to the base.

Wooden birdhouse in a tree
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How to Build a Birdhouse

Building a birdhouse is a simple woodworking project you can do with young children over a weekend. Watch this video and follow these steps for building an easy birdhouse with scrap wood.

Build a DIY firewood storage bench
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How to Build a Firewood Storage Bench

House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares how to build a sturdy cedar seat that keeps firewood close.

Fall themed reversible porch sign.
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How to Make a Reversible Porch Sign

Create this tall, double-sided word sign for your porch that can be decorated and flipped depending on the season, giving you one less item to store in your seasonal décor.

Fall 2021, Easy DIY, console cabinet, finished
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How to Build a Console Cabinet

Using pocket-hole joinery and plywood from the home center, This Old House DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares the steps she used to turn a complex build into an easy assembly.

Mobile workbench with clamp rack, finished
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How to Add a Clamp Rack to a Mobile Workbench

In the final part of this series, House One Editor and DIY Expert Jenn Largesse shows how to add a clamp rack to the Ultimate Mobile Workbench.

Mobile Workbench with Downdraft Sanding Station, finished
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How to Add a Sanding Station to a Workbench

In part five of this series, House One Editor and DIY Expert Jenn Largesse shows how to build a downdraft sanding station for the Ultimate Mobile Workbench.

Mobile Workbench with table saw, finished
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Build the Ultimate Mobile Workbench

In part one of this series, House One Editor and DIY Expert Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to build the foundation to this multifaceted mobile workbench.

Mobile Workbench with Drawers, finished
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How to Add Drawers to a Mobile Workbench

In part three of the series, House One Editor and DIY Expert Jenn Largesse shows how to build and add drawers to the Ultimate Mobile Workbench.