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How to Build a Spindle Headboard

It only looks tough to build. This easy-to-customize piece will give your bed an instant lift

Coffered Ceiling
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How to Build a Coffered Ceiling

Apply basic carpentry techniques to primed boards and molding to add a formal, elegant touch to any room

A Murphy bar on the side of a house
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How to Build a Fold-Down Murphy Bar

Use cedar lumber and a doweling jig to create an outdoor piece that can handle its share of liquor.

Wooden rain barrel outside blue house
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How to Build a Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater is a no-brainer for gardening. It’s the ugly black barrels we could do without. So here’s a plan you can use to build your own rain barrel, one that’s both eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. It’s a simple project, thanks to an off-the-shelf diverter kit that connects to a downspout.

A cedar compost bench in a landscaped garden
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How to Build a Cedar Compost Bench

Use clear cedar boards to assemble a comfortable and productive focal point for your yard.

Cedar cooler
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How to Build a Cedar Ice Chest

Make a handsome cedar ice chest cooler to update a backyard essential.

Cedar picnic table and grill.
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How to Build a Picnic Table and Benches

We asked TOH fans about picnic tables, and they asked us for an update to the park-variety A-frame. Here's our answer.

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How to Make a Lily Pond

Use treated lumber and a pond liner to create a soothing water feature in your backyard

A Porch Railing With Pizzazz

The This Old House TV team creates a railing of flatsawn balusters that packs a big visual punch

Finding and Restoring Hidden Plaster Details

In an act of upside-down residential archaeology, the This Old House TV crew reveals—and rebuilds—historical plaster details entombed above a false ceiling