Woodworking How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our woodworking step-by-step tips & ideas.
You can build this handy boot station with just a few essential tools and some lumber. Park it right outside your door, so you can effortlessly scrape off any muck and snow on your shoes all fall and winter. This simple DIY project only takes an hour to complete, plus no more tracking dirt into the house. Win-win!
Kevin O’Connor calls on a wood refinishing expert to address unsightly bubbles in polyurethane finishes
In part two of this project, House One’s Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to upholster a round tufted storage ottoman, without the need to sew.
Watch these three easy ways to conceal plywood edges for more professional-looking results.
Using hardwoods of strikingly different colors, This Old House contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’ Connor team up to create a cutting board with an eye-catching 3D effect. See how to make one yourself with the instructions below.
Some handy tips for identifying and using tung oil finishes plus a list of products.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a toy box for Tom’s grandson
This Old House DIY Expert & House One’s Jenn Largesse shows how to set up a miter saw to create geometric planter, shelves, and more.
A DIY wall magazine rack is the perfect place to store and display your favorite magazines. The clear front and slim design is also perfect for displaying photos, records, and other artwork. Watch this video for instructions on how to build a magazine rack for your home.
Create a firewood rack that fits your storage needs using simple 2x4 construction. This pressure-treated rack will last for years outside. And paired with a cover, it will keep your firewood dry and ready to use in fireplaces, pizza ovens, or firepits.
Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique travels to Sacramento to show a homeowner the safe way to strip paint
This freestanding bathroom cabinet features open shelving, allowing you to keep an eye on supplies and fulfill as needed, or display washroom decor. Read on to get the free plans, cut list and instructions for this project.
Inspired by an antique milk crate, TOH general contractor Tom Silva and TOH host Kevin O’Connor use box joints to assemble this simple but smart-looking project.
Create a raised garden bed that you won’t have to babysit. With this simple DIY, you’ll use naturally rot-resistant cedar, fitted with some clever planter inserts, to make a low-maintenance container that automatically distributes water on its own.
Need an organizer for art or school supplies? You can make one yourself using only scrap wood materials. Watch DIY Expert & House One Editor Jenn Largesse show you the steps for building a helpful wooden art caddy.
Corbels and staircase parts helped us craft a handsome table with plenty of room for a family crowd
Do you have an awkward space near your staircase or entryway that could use some storage? Watch as House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse builds a simple corner bench with storage near her stairs.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva reveals various means and methods of making your own authentic reproduction moldings
Building a birdhouse is a simple woodworking project you can do with young children over a weekend. Watch this video and follow these steps for building an easy birdhouse with scrap wood.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a fast fix for a badly fractured doorframe
Step-by-step instructions to help you carefully fix your wood floor boards without causing damage.
Whether it’s a woodworking project, trimwork for a remodel, instrument making, or boatbuilding, learning to bend wood can take a project from seemingly impossible to doable. You just need to know how.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor look at ways to match historic molding.
Ask This Old House carpenter, Nathan Gilbert, shows the office he renovated during the quarantine and works on the finishing touch—a display case to store the U.S. flag that was presented to him at his grandfather’s funeral.
Air conditioning is nice to have, but the look of the clunky unit outdoors can be unsightly. Watch as Jenn Largesse, DIY Expert and House One Editor, creates a wooden cover for her air conditioning unit.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner patch a hardwood floor to make it look seamless
The trick to transferring any design is printing on customized graph paper.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a couple frame an opening between their kitchen and living room in a load-bearing wall.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to safely cut open up a wall.
Clean and refinish hardwood floors without sanding down to the bare wood.