Woodworking Tools & Materials
Discover a guide to the tools & materials involved with your woodworking.
Belt sanders are a must-have item for woodworkers of any experience level as they allow for quick and easy sanding on any wood type.
The 5 Best Random Orbital Sanders (2023 Review)
Random orbital sanders are a must-have item for any woodworker, as they allow for wood to be sanded without worrying about the direction of the grain. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best random orbital sanders on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
Wood Putty vs. Wood Filler: What’s the Difference?
You can confidently repair holes, cracks, or scratches in your woodwork when you know which product to use for the job. This guide will help you understand what makes wood putty and wood filler different, and when to use each so you can restore damaged trim, molding, or even furniture to its original glory without fear of doing harm.
The 5 Best Wood Glues (2023 Review)
Wood glue creates a permanent chemical bond between two pieces of wood. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best wood glues on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various furniture stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
Celebrating Craftsmanship: The Principles of Sanding Wood
Ask This Old House general contractor, Tom Silva, explains why he loves sanding and what goes into a good sanding job.
How to Use a Mobile CNC Router
Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert demonstrates a mobile CNC routing machine.
Easy Way to Extract a Stripped Screw
Too much torque can strip a fastener clean in seconds, but this fix is just as quick
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
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 Stain and Finish Wood Furniture
Wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson shares tips for refinishing new and old furniture
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.
Non-toxic, Affordable Pressure-Treated Lumber
A new process encases wood fibers in trace amounts of glass, with surprising results.
Files & Rasps
Both are meant to be used between the rough cut of a saw and the smoothing of sandpaper — we'll tell you what types to use for what jobs
Choosing and Using Hand Planes
Plane tools are the best tool for smoothing and shaping wood. Here is why you would use one and the types available.