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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

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How to Build a Rain Barrel

Enclose a plastic bin with stock lumber to make a water-wise garden feature

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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

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

Rising Above in Coastal Flood Zones

To survive the next big storm, more and more houses will need a lift. It's a smart move seen around the country—and on the Spring 2013 season of This Old House TV

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

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How to Dress Up a Hollow-Core Door

Apply panel molding to a featureless door to create a grand entrance to any room