Woodworking Ideas & Inspiration
Explore inspiring woodworking ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.
As tough as wood is, once it’s converted to some house part—a chair, a door sill, a cabinet, a floorboard—it needs to be protected against the elements and general wear and tear. When it comes to wood finish, which should you use? Read this guide to learn more about the differences between polyurethane and polycrylic.
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.
If you’re working on a project that involves wooden furniture or paneling, you’ll likely find yourself facing an important decision at the end: varnish or polyurethane for the finish? There’s a lot of confusion over the difference between these two popular wood sealants, and it’s important to know what sets them apart so you can choose the right topcoat for your project.
Carpentry projects call for a unique set of tools that can help woodworkers make intricate cuts, carve special patterns, and ensure the quality of their design. In this review, we’ll help you find the right gift for your carpenter by detailing 16 of the best carpentry tools and accessories available. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
Are you looking for a new project to tackle outside using cedar? We’ve rounded up four DIY wood projects that will enhance your outdoor living space.
Are you unsure of what type of plywood to purchase for your next project? Read our guide to learn how to sort through plywood options.
Looking for the best bamboo flooring? Read our guide on what to look for, the difference in cost and durability compared to that of its rival hardwood, and how it delivers on style and versatility.
Do you love the look of wall murals, but are too hesitant to commit to the permanence of paint or wallpaper? This project will give you the look of a mural, without the commitment.
From shiplap to salvaged barn board wood, simple interior wall cladding is making a comeback in home decor, giving rooms a style and texture boost, plus a dose of rugged charm. Here’s how to choose and use them.
Before you grab a saw and begin a DIY bookshelf project, there are a variety of factors to consider. From wood selection to tools and materials, read our tips for building your own bookshelves.
Pro painter Nick Slavik shows you how to spruce up an antique that is covered in thick shellac
A few top-requested accessories for your favorite carpenters (or aspiring carpenters).
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a shadow box using wood recycled from an old door.
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.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva works with a local woodworker to build a keepsake box out of mango wood.
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor visits Nick Offerman in Los Angeles to tour the comedian’s woodworking shop.
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.
With the classic good looks of solid wood in a DIY-friendly package, these floors are easy to love—and install
From our new Hammer It Out series: Create a stately and sophisticated gathering place for mixing and serving drinks
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
The wood you see beneath a clear finish determines whether your door's look will be rustic or refined
Everything Sam Maloof touches — every chair, every table, every cabinet, every rafter, every molding, every window, every door, every latch — reveals his genius