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Woodworking How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our woodworking step-by-step tips & ideas.

How to Remove Bubbles from Polyurethane

Kevin O’Connor calls on a wood refinishing expert to address unsightly bubbles in polyurethane finishes

Jenn Largesse upholsters a round storage ottoman.
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How to Upholster a Round Tufted Storage Ottoman (Part 2)

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.

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3 Ways to Finish Plywood Edges

Watch these three easy ways to conceal plywood edges for more professional-looking results.

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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.

How to Pick Tung Oil Finishes

Some handy tips for identifying and using tung oil finishes plus a list of products.

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How to Match Historic Molding

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor look at ways to match historic molding.

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How to Make a Tall, Tapered Planter

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.

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Build a DIY Magazine Rack

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.

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How to Create a Dutch Door

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva converts a regular door into a Dutch door.

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How to Safely Strip Paint from Woodwork

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique travels to Sacramento to show a homeowner the safe way to strip paint

How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

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.

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How to Build an Outdoor Air Conditioner Cover

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.

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How to Patch Hardwood Flooring

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner patch a hardwood floor to make it look seamless

Art caddy for supplies
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How to Build an Art Caddy

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.

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How to Scale Up an Image

The trick to transferring any design is printing on customized graph paper.

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How to Cut a Pass-Through in a Load Bearing Wall

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.

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How to Remove a Load-Bearing Wall

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to safely cut open up a wall.

How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

Clean and refinish hardwood floors without sanding down to the bare wood.

How to Fix Furniture Finish

Got scratches, dings, or nicks to fix? Here’s how to repair your wood furniture.

Choosing and Using Hand Planes

Plane tools are the best tool for smoothing and shaping wood. Here is why you would use one and the types available.

Building a Fireplace Mantel Out of Wood

Learn how to build DIY fireplace mantel and surround from stock lumber and moldings.

How to Refinish a Door

A pro's secrets for rejuvenating weather-beaten wood.

Exposed tongue and groove flooring.
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How to Remove and Replace Tongue and Groove Flooring

Step-by-step instructions to help you carefully fix your wood floor boards without causing damage.

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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.

Person holding up new drawers before slides are installed.
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How to Install Drawer Slides

In this video, we show you how to easily install soft close drawers step by step.

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3 Ways to Make Multiple Cuts with a Miter Saw

Watch House One editor Jenn Largesse demonstrate three easy ways to make multiple cuts using a miter saw.

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How to Use a Hand Plane

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the proper way to use hand planes.

How to Strip Paint From Wood

Our start to finish guide will help you decide how to remove paint from wood.

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How to Choose and Use Wood Filler

Looking for the best wood hole filler? We offer a variety of options for plugging holes and filling cracks, with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.

How to Make a Half-Lap Joint

Mill your own half-lap joint quickly and easily using nothing more than a portable circular saw and a chisel.

Choosing & Using Random Orbit Sanders

How do you use an orbital sander? What’s the difference between an orbital sander vs palm sander? Learn about the tool that takes the hassle out of sanding wood.

How to Frame a Partition Wall

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva's technique for erecting an interior dividing wall.