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Woodworking How To & DIY

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

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How to Properly Notch Structural Beams

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva explain how to notch structural beams to host Kevin O’Connor.

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How to Turn Scrap Wood into Kindling

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook, landscape designer Jenn Nawada and host Kevin O’Connor try out a tool that easily splits kindling.

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How to Build a Chippendale Railing

Kevin O’Connor and Jeff Sweenor demonstrate how to assemble and install a Chippendale railing for the Rhode Island Beach House

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How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Maker Jimmy DiResta and Kevin O’Connor built this side table on an episode of Ask This Old House

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How to Patch a Chipped Wood Floor

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva fixes a chipped wood floor using a Dutchman and hand tools.

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Build It | Holiday Toy Box

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a toy box for Tom’s grandson

How to Make a Wall-Mounted Home Office

These space-saving shelves help you organize on a budget

Paint Colors That Love Stained Wood

Which wall shades look best when woodwork is unpainted? The answer is one part personal taste, one part a matter of the wood’s hue.

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Build It | Hawaiian Mango Keepsake Box

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva works with a local woodworker to build a keepsake box out of mango wood.

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How to Identify Hardwoods and Softwoods

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva walks host Kevin O’Connor through the types of woods available and the best uses for each

Norm Abram's Tricks of the Trade V

A collection of the latest and greatest tips from the TOH master carpenter

An Inside Look at Nick Offerman’s California Woodshop

Nick Offerman is well-known as an actor, comedian, and author, but he’s also an accomplished woodworker. For 16 years, he’s owned the Offerman Woodshop in Los Angeles, a small collective of woodworkers and makers. Nick’s latest book Good Clean Fun offers readers an inside glimpse at the inner workings of his shop and even teaches some basic woodworking skills through step-by-step project instructions. Host Kevin O’Connor toured Offerman Woodshop for an episode of Ask This Old House. Here are some of the highlights from that visit.

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How to Patch a Hole in Wood Trim

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner patch a large hole in painted baseboard molding

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How to Install a Hidden Door/Bookshelf

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva is in Salem, MA, to help install a bookshelf that doubles as a door

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Nick Offerman's Woodworking Advice

Actor and woodworker Nick Offerman shares with Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor where his love of woodworking began and offers advice for young people who want to work with their hands

11 Brilliant Ideas for Painting Window Frames

Make handsome trim pop with colors straight out of the crayon box

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How to Remove Stripped Screws

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks of the trade for backing out stripped screws

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How to Choose Tools for First-Time Woodworkers

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the best tools to have in your shed to start beginner or intermediate woodworking projects

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How to Repair a Cracked Floor Joist

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a cracked floor joist

Fast Fixes for Floor Scratches

Between footwear, pets, and furniture, wood floors can take a beating. Minimize the signs of wear and tear with these easy repairs.

Norm Abram's Tricks of the Trade IV

TOH compiled the latest and greatest from the master carpenter

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How to Make a Campaign-Style Dresser

Glossy orange paint, and campaign pulls and brackets lend a flat-pack dresser the look of traveling furniture in our One Piece, Five Ways series

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How to Make a Mid-century Modern-style Dresser

Olive paint, walnut stain, and brass knobs give a flat-pack dresser mid-century modern flair in our One Piece, Five Ways series

Fix a Wood Stain Mistake

Three ways to right staining mishaps

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How to Make a Wood Quilt

Mixing waxed, stained, and milk-painted boards lends a unique look

TLC for Wood Furniture

Salvage your beloved wood furniture from wear and tear with these tips

How to Build a Hidden Door

Trim out a slab door with poplar boards to create a hidden passage disguised as a paneled accent wall

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How to Make a Six-Pack Carrier

BYOB gets a style upgrade with this classic caddy, modeled on an old-fashioned tool box

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How to Patch a Doorknob Hole With a Dutchman

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva installs an undetectable wood patch in an old door

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How to Create an Interior Door Opening

Cutting a new doorway with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

Norm Abram's Best Tricks of the Trade III

TOH assembles even more pro wisdom from master carpenter Norm Abram's archive

How to Build a Zinc Tabletop

Evoking pre-World War II metal bar tops that could take a beating, tables finished in zinc develop a charming patina as they age