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

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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.

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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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

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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 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

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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.

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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 Pro2Pro editor Chris Ermides showcases the differences between the types of finish nailers.

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How to Choose and Use Pruners

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

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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 and Use Air Compressors

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

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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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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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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

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A Jigsaw That’s As Precise as It Is Versatile (Festool Carvex)

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

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The Rotex Sander: Multiple Sanders in One (Festool Rotex RO 150)

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

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Exploring the Features of a High-End Track Saw (Festool TS 55 REQ)

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

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Getting Started with a Chisel

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains basic chiseling techniques

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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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Understanding Chainsaw Safety Features

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains safety features built into all chain saws

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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 a Homemade Track Saw

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates an easy way to make a track for any circular saw

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How to Choose and Use Pliers and Wrenches

Getting tight—and loose—with Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey

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How to Choose Tools for First Time Gardeners

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada shows off some of her favorite tools to help out first-time gardeners