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

S20 E34, Tom Silva teaches Kevin O’Connor how to draw an ellipse with string

How to Draw an Ellipse with String

This Old House General Contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor an easy method for drawing accurate, smooth ellipses.


Build It | How to Make a Lathe Turned Bowl

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches host Kevin O’Connor the basics of using a lathe and then they turn a bowl together.

How to Refinish a Door

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

circular saw guides, House One

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.

How to Install Drawer Slides

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

Cutting with a miter saw

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.


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.


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.

S39 E14 recreating decorative roof brackets with Kevin O’Connor and Charlie Silva

How to Make Decorative Roof Brackets

Decorative cedar brackets are often found under an overhang like a balcony or a roof. Some brackets may be structural, but in this case, these ornamental brackets are simply decorative and are part of the home’s original features. Watch as This Old House Host Kevin O’Connor meets with Builder Charlie Silva in his shop while he makes brackets himself.

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.

DIY wooden bike rack

How to Build a Mobile Bicycle Rack (For Kids)

Need a place to store your children’s bicycles, without having to put holes or hooks into the wall? Watch this video and read our guide to building an easy DIY kids bike rack.

Custom shelving unit around a fireplace

How to Build a Custom Built-in Shelving Unit

DIY Expert & House One editor Jenn Largesse shows how to build custom shelving units around an existing fireplace mantel for a custom, built-in look.


How to Build a Shoe Dresser

Learn how to build a shoe dresser with This Old House DIY Expert & House One Editor, Jenn Largesse.

How to Build a Wooden Clothes Rack

If you’re short on closet space, this DIY hanging clothes rack is the perfect solution. You can build your own clothes rack with a few basic tools—plus can be moved anywhere, and takes up very little space. 

Building a floating shelf

How to Build Floating Shelves

There are a lot of ways to hang a shelf, but the appeal of floating shelves is that there’s no hardware visible above or below the shelf. Watch this video and follow these steps for building your own DIY floating shelf.

Wainscoting Panels and Design Ideas

Ideas and inspiration to help you select, plan, and install wainscoting.


How to Tighten a Loose Newel Post

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert travels to a Sears kit house in Richmond, Virginia to tighten an old, loose stair railing.


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.

Garden bench

How to Build a Basic Garden Bench

House One’s Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to build a DIY bench for your garden.


How to Build a Dog Bowl Stand

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a young Generation NEXT woodworker how to build a dog bowls stand using primarily power tools.

How to Build a Wood Beam Ceiling

Use these directions to add character to your home by installing wood beams to your ceiling.

How to Use a Band Saw

Learn the basics of how to properly use a band saw.

How to Make an End-Grain Cutting Board

Turn a piece of scrap wood into a useful butcher block.


How to Install Wainscoting

Layer stock lumber and moldings to produce this classic architectural element


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


How to Choose and Use Drill Bits

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

Norm Abram’s Best Tricks of the Trade VII

You asked, Norm answered! Now, learn from the best

How to Patch a Chipped Wood Floor

Using only hand tools and a drill, Tom Silva makes minor floor damage disappear with a simple and effective dutchman repair technique

Easy Way to Extract a Stripped Screw

Too much torque can strip a fastener clean in seconds, but this fix is just as quick