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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 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

How to Give Wood A Sun-Bleached Tone

Create a worn outdoor-furniture look with this finishing technique

How to Build a Three-Tiered Side Table

It holds much more than a reading lamp—and takes less time to make than shopping for a look-alike

Finding the Right Finish for Interior Woodwork

Staining interior woodwork is a process of trial and error. Here's how the TOH TV pros got the look they were after—and how you can get great results every time

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Jigsaw 101: How to Use the Shoe to Cut a Beveled Curve

Pro tips on cutting curved scribe lines at an angle

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Jigsaw 101: How to Make a Plunge Cut

Pro tips on cutting into the center of your material

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Jigsaw 101: How to Cut Shapes

Pro tips on making tight-angle or curve cuts

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Jigsaw 101: How to Use the Speed Setting

Pro tips on maintaining speed and control when cutting

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Jigsaw 101: How to Use the Orbital-Action Setting

Pro tips on setting the blade to cut through different materials

How to Hide Screwheads on Stair Treads and Other Wood Surfaces

Mask fasteners easily with a simple wood plug

How to Build a Storage Ottoman

Use plywood, foam, and fabric to create a handsome custom piece

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How to Patch Wood

In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to make an undetectable repair in rotted wood

How to Create a Pickled Finish on Wood

A rag and a bit of primer can give plain wood the whitewashed look of driftwood

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How to Pick Materials for a Workbench

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva gives tips for selecting lumber for building a workbench

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How to Build a Home Bar

From our new Hammer It Out series: Create a stately and sophisticated gathering place for mixing and serving drinks

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How to Stain and Finish Wood Furniture

Wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson shares tips for refinishing new and old furniture

How to Install a Floor Medallion

A guide to creating a beautiful inlaid ornament in a wood floor

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How to Build a Ricochet Game Table

TOH's Team Saturday shows you how to transform a door and some sewing elastic to create a tabletop twist on classic shuffleboard

How to Read a Lumber Stamp

Translating the letters and symbols imprinted on wood products

Wainscoting Designs

This traditional half-wall paneling comes in all shapes and sizes. Here's how to pick the right one to make your room stand out

How to Stop a Wood Door from Sticking

Try these antisagging remedies, arranged in order from easiest to most difficult

How to Build an Adirondack Chair

Make a roomy, reclining seat with a fan back and wide armrests out of weather-resistant decking lumber.

Clean Grime from Woodwork

Refresh your tired wood furniture and trim without having to strip and refinish

How to Refinish Woodwork

Whether it's a quick cleaning or a complete strip-down, you can always remedy a tired, old wood finish

How to Build a Table From Stair Parts

Create a space-saving central repository for keys, leashes, and mail in your front entry using vintage stair parts

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How to Strip a Hardwood Floor

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows the proper and safe way to remove an old finish from a hardwood floor

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How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

Applying a new finish to an old floor with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.

Using Chemical Strippers to Prep a Wood Door for Refinishing

Pro secret for rejuvenating weather-beaten wood

How to Give It a Shellacking

Spot repairs on woodwork are easy when the finish is shellac

How to Make a Doorknob Coatrack

Use vintage doorknobs and salvaged trim to make a showpiece coatrack in less than two hours

How to Read the Stamp

An easy way to identify the right framing lumber for your needs

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How to Repair a Damaged Doorjamb

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva makes an undetectable repair to a damaged doorjamb