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These This Old House videos showcase all of our tools projects, how-tos, and designs.

circular saw guides, House One
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How to Make Straight Cuts with a Circular Saw

Cutting a straight line through plywood with a circular saw seems easy enough, but it rarely comes out as straight as it feels while you’re making the cut. To get better results, here’s three easy ways to create a guide for your saw.

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How to Use a Hole Saw

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the basics of using a hole saw.

S20 E12, Nathan Gilbert explains saw blades
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Tool Lab | Understanding Saw Blades

Carpenter Nathan Gilbert explains how table saw blades work and the different blade types used.

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Comparing Masonry Jointers

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the uses for different types of masonry jointers

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Testing New Stud Finders

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey tests out a new smart stud finder

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How to Use a Table Saw

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva gives a general overview of a table saw and the best techniques to use it safely and effectively

Chainsaw cutting through tree log
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How to Use a Chainsaw

Safe and efficient cutting techniques with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and chainsaw expert Tim Ard.

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How to Choose and Use Drill Bits

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the uses for different drill bits

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A Track Saw Designed for Framing (Festool HK 55)

Builders need to make quick, accurate cross-cuts for framing and many other carpentry projects. In some ways, the Festool HK 55 Carpentry Saw is like a circular saw with a built-in speed square. In this episode of Tool School, expert Brian Sedgeley and builder Jeff Sweenor use the saw to cut the rafters for an 8-pitch roof

Finish nailers
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How to Choose a Finish Nailer | This Old House: Live

With four nail gauge sizes to choose from, one size does not fit all carpentry and woodworking applications. Need to know how to pick the right finish nailer? Watch as This Old House editor Chris Ermides showcases the differences between the types of finish nailers.

Maintaining Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools
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How to Maintain Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools

Keeping outdoor power equipment running smoothly with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

S17 E21, Jenn Nawada shows how to prune
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How to Choose and Use Pruners

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada shares some tips about pruners.

S12 E3, Kevin O’Connor talks about cordless tool batteries
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How to Select Power-Tool Batteries

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor shares a few tips for getting the most out of your cordless tools.

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How to Change a Circular Saw Blade

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows the correct, safe way to install a new blade on your portable circular saw

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How to Choose and Use a Hammer

Understanding the differences among choices for the carpenter's favorite with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

S14 E21, Tom Silva discusses drill/drivers with Kevin O’Connor
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How to Select and Use a Drill/Driver

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the proper use of a drill/driver

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Celebrating Craftsmanship: The Principles of Sanding Wood

Ask This Old House general contractor, Tom Silva, explains why he loves sanding and what goes into a good sanding job.

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How to Choose and Use Sandpaper

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches the basics of sanding

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How to Make a DIY Circle Jig for a Router

It can be very difficult to create a perfectly circular cut with a jigsaw. Luckily, there’s another easy way to cut a circle using a router and a simple DIY circle jig. Watch this video to learn how.

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Impact Driver 101: When to Use an Impact Driver

Pro tips on choosing between an impact driver and a drill/driver for your next home improvement project.

Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to use a pneumatic nailer.
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How to Use a Battery-Powered Pneumatic Nailer

Pneumatic Nailers used to require a compressor and hose, and came with a hefty price tag. Now, cordless options make them much more DIY-friendly.

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How to Cut a Perfect Jig Circle

Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor works with House One maker Jenn Largesse to demonstrate an interesting technique on a trim router.

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How to Sharpen a Pocket Knife

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates how to sharpen a knife

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How and When to Use a Japanese Pull Saw

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert explains when and how to use a Japanese pull saw

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How to Choose Handsaws

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva walks through the various types of handsaws and gives tips on how to use them.

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Testing New Table Saw Technology

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor look at new type of table saw with smartphone technology.

Two people demonstrating how to use a speed square to measure and cut a 2x4.
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How to Use and Carry a Speed Square

A speed square is a small but versatile tool, here are the many ways you can use it.

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How to Choose and Use Air Compressors

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how air compressors work

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Generation Next | Building a First Tool Box

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a young fan how to build her first tool box.

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How to Build Sawhorses with Scrap Lumber

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert demonstrates how to build sawhorses using leftover materials from the job site

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Exploring the Features of A High-End Compound Miter Saw (Festool Kapex KS 120)

Miter saws are an essential tool for most builders and craftsmen. In this episode of Tool School, Norm Abram and Brian Sedgeley demonstrate several useful features of the Kapex KS 120, including the mobile base, extensions, and micro adjustments for the miter, bevel, and depth.

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An Intro to the Domino Joining System (Festool Domino DF 500)

Woodworkers have used loose-tenon joinery for hundreds of years to make strong, accurate miters and other connections. But instead of cutting mortises by hand, the Domino System uses a unique rotating and oscillating bit. In this episode of Tool School, Festool’s Brian Sedgely and Norm Abram use the Domino DF 500 to align and cut mortises of different widths for fast and precise assembly