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Woodworking Maintenance

Our woodworking maintenance tips can help you keep your home cost efficient, safe & cozy.

How to Protect Wood Floors

This Old House's top tips for keeping your floors looking like new

How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

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

Norm Abram's Best Tricks of the Trade

Master carpenter Norm Abram shares his top how-to secrets for flawless DIY

How to Stop a Wood Door from Sticking

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

How to Give It a Shellacking

Spot repairs on woodwork are easy when the finish is shellac

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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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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.

Which Wood Glue to Use When

Lots of DIY projects, both small- and large-scale, often call for the use of wood glue. But did you know that "wood glue" is an umbrella term, and there are multiple adherents to choose from?

Protecting Floors From Chemical Stripper

A trick for keeping chemical strippers from damaging your floors