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How to Build a Home Bar

From our new Hammer It Out series: Create a stately and sophisticated gathering place for mixing and serving drinks


How to Build a Storage Chest

Join oak lumber with wood dowels to create a modern take on Shaker-style storage.


How to Stain and Finish Wood Furniture

Wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson shares tips for refinishing new and old furniture

Everything You Need to Punch Tin

Create intricate designs on metal for a unique, handcrafted look

How to Make an Open Shelving Unit

Transform turned spindles and plank shelves into a handsome display space


How to Reupholster a Dining Chair

Furniture expert Matthew Haly shows how to bring new life to a worn chair seat

How to Repair Aluminum Patio Chairs

A pro shows how to extend the life of your sling patio chairs

Use a Potting Bench as All-In-One Party Station

Rather polish your tools than your silverware? Then check out this fir potting bench-turned-entertaining center

How to Build a Tool Bench

TOH reader Amy Paladino gets help making a tool bench for her garage from TOH general contractor Tom Silva

How to Lime a Table

Giving a plain wood table an aged, whitewashed look takes no more than a few simple tools and products any beginner can tackle

How to Build a Sideboard from Stock Cabinets

This elegant storage piece comes together with off-the-shelf base kitchen cabinets and simple molding

How to Build a Mudroom Bench

Create a built-in place for coats and storage, with a seat to perch on while you tie your shoes

How to Build an Adirondack Chair

Make a roomy, reclining seat with a fan back and wide armrests out of weather-resistant decking lumber.

How to Refinish Woodwork

Whether it's a quick cleaning or a complete strip-down, you can always remedy a tired, old wood finish

How to Build a Table From Stair Parts

Create a space-saving central repository for keys, leashes, and mail in your front entry using vintage stair parts

How to Build a Vintage-Look Dresser Vanity

Convert a favorite furniture piece into a sink stand

How to Build a Headboard and Footboard from Bifold Doors

Turn paneled closet closers into handsome bookends for a bed

How to Make New Cabinet Doors From Old Shutters

Search your local salvage yard for vintage shutters. They can tidy up more than the view

Stripping Painted Furniture

Sometimes ugly is only skin deep. Getting under those layers of old paint might reveal a valuable piece of furniture.

How to Build a Custom Entertainment Center

Get your media center organized with a custom-built storage unit

How to Create a Vintage Tile Tabletop

This Old House reader Rosi Zingales shows how to upgrade your home with vintage tiles

How Heirloom Furniture is Built

For the folks at Thos. Moser, it starts with select cherry trees, old-fashioned craftsmanship, and a passionate respect for the wood

How to Build a Window Seat

Create a beautiful window seat with loads of extra storage


How to Build a Small Bookcase

How to build a small bookcase with more than 10 square feet of shelf space


How to Build a Toy Chest

How to make handy storage for games and gizmos, with instructions for parents and kids.


How to Build a Step Stool

How to make a mini platform with a checkerboard top, with instructions for parents and kids

Build A Custom-Look Window Seat Using Stock Kitchen Cabinets

The pros aren't the only ones who can craft a handsome built-in. You can, too

How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Use vintage stained glass panels to build this bar cabinet in just 4 hours

How to Make a Doorknob Coatrack

Use vintage doorknobs and salvaged trim to make a showpiece coatrack in less than two hours

Fast Fix for Worn Drawers

Gluing Laminate Trim

Re-gluing a laminate trim piece just got a little easier.

Fixing Falling Drawers

Create your own stops for older cabinet drawers