These This Old House videos showcase all of our tools projects, how-tos, and designs.
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.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the basics of using a hole saw.
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.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the uses for different types of masonry jointers
Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey tests out a new smart stud finder
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
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches the basics of sanding
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
Pro tips on choosing between an impact driver and a drill/driver for your next home improvement project.
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 Pro2Pro editor Chris Ermides showcases the differences between the types of finish nailers.
Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada shares some tips about pruners.
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor works with House One maker Jenn Largesse to demonstrate an interesting technique on a trim router.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates how to sharpen a knife
Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert explains when and how to use a Japanese pull saw
Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert demonstrates how to build sawhorses using leftover materials from the job site
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.
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.
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
Like many builders and woodworkers, Jeff Sweenor often uses a large band saw to make curved cuts. But in this episode of Tool School, Brian Sedgeley from Festool shows Jeff how to achieve the same level of precision with a portable Carvex jigsaw
Not all random orbit sanders are created equal. In this episode of Tool School, Festool expert Brian Sedgeley shows Tom Silva how the two different sanding modes and dust extraction capability of the Rotex RO 150 can achieve great results
Track saws are more popular than ever on jobsites and in workshops. In this episode of Tool School, Festool trainer Brian Sedgeley and Tom Silva demonstrate how to use several features of the TS 55 track saw to get accurate, splinter-free cuts
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva walks through the various types of handsaws and gives tips on how to use them.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor look at new type of table saw with smartphone technology.
A speed square is a small but versatile tool, here are the many ways you can use it.
Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains safety features built into all chain saws
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a young fan how to build her first tool box.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates an easy way to make a track for any circular saw
Getting tight—and loose—with Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey