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Woodworking Videos

These This Old House videos showcase all of our woodworking projects, how-tos, and designs.

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Build It | Tool Storage Shelf

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a tool storage shelf out of leftover lumber from other Build It projects.

Art caddy for supplies
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How to Build an Art Caddy

Need an organizer for art or school supplies? You can make one yourself using only scrap wood materials. Watch DIY Expert & House One Editor Jenn Largesse show you the steps for building a helpful wooden art caddy.

Tom Silva sitting on an oak staircase.
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How to Update Stair Treads and Risers

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner how to replace split-level stair treads in his mid-century modern home.

S20 E14, Tom Silva explains wood joints
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Everything to Know About Wood Joints

General contractor Tom Silva teaches host Kevin O’Connor about the different wood joints, including their strengths and weaknesses.

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How to Turn a Wood Slab Into a Table

Rustic wood meets modern metal to create this striking—and timeless—piece of furniture. Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor show how to make a live-edge console table of your own

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Chest of Drawers | New Yankee Workshop

Norm constructs a chest of drawers from Ponderosa pine

Building a floating shelf
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How to Build Floating Shelves

There are a lot of ways to hang a shelf, but the appeal of floating shelves is that there’s no hardware visible above or below the shelf. Watch this video and follow these steps for building your own DIY floating shelf.

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How to Safely Strip Paint from Woodwork

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique travels to Sacramento to show a homeowner the safe way to strip paint

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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

How to Patch a Chipped Wood Floor

Using only hand tools and a drill, Tom Silva makes minor floor damage disappear with a simple and effective dutchman repair technique

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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

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How to Match Historic Molding

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor look at ways to match historic molding.

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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

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How to Patch Hardwood Flooring

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner patch a hardwood floor to make it look seamless

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How to Turn a Reclaimed Beam into a Fireplace Mantel

Ask This Old House carpenter, Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner turn a reclaimed mantel into a fireplace mantel.

S20 E11, Tom Silva makes wooden ornaments with a lathe
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Build It | Christmas Ornaments

Host Kevin O’Connor meets general contractor Tom Silva in the workshop playing with his new favorite toy—the lathe. Tom demonstrates how he uses it to turn custom wooden holiday ornaments perfect for the tree or give as a festive gift.

S20 E10, Tom Silva helps 2 young woodworkers build a birdhouse
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Build It | Birdhouse

General contractor Tom Silva helps a pair of woodworking siblings build a DIY birdhouse in their new workshop.

S6 E4, Tom Silva fixes rotted wood with epoxy
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How to Fix Rotted Wood with Epoxy

Saving a rotted window with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

S20 E9, Nathan Gilbert demonstrates drill/driver technique
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How to Use a Drill | Tool Lab

Carpenter Nathan Gilbert explains everything you need to know about drill drivers, from their history to their modern features.

Build a DIY firewood storage bench
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How to Build a Firewood Storage Bench

House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares how to build a sturdy cedar seat that keeps firewood close.

S2 E26, Tom Silva repairs a split door jamb
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How to Repair a Split Door Jamb

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a fast fix for a badly fractured doorframe

S9 E12, Tom Silva repairs tongue and groove flooring
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How to Remove and Replace Tongue and Groove Flooring

Step-by-step instructions to help you carefully fix your wood floor boards without causing damage.

S20 E2, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor build a 3D cube cutting board
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Build It | 3D Cube Cutting Board

General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a cutting board out of walnut, cherry, and maple to create a 3D cube design effect.

Fall 2021, Build It Cooler Bench, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor toast the finished cooler bench
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Build It | Cooler Bench

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build an outdoor bench that doubles as a cooler using cedar and copper.

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How to Create a Dutch Door

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva converts a regular door into a Dutch door.

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How to Build a Flag Display Case

Ask This Old House carpenter, Nathan Gilbert, shows the office he renovated during the quarantine and works on the finishing touch—a display case to store the U.S. flag that was presented to him at his grandfather’s funeral.

Summer 2021, Build It, Adirondack chair, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor
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Build It | Adirondack Chair

Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor build a classic Adirondack chair. Tom demonstrates how to build an Adirondack chair by using a template and a project plan.

DIY folding laptop table
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How to Make a Folding Laptop Table

Need a comfy place to work from your couch? DIY Expert & House One editor Jenn Largesse shows you how to build a custom laptop table that easily stores away when not in use.

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Generation NEXT | How to Cut Wood Joints

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches apprentice Austin how to make a variety of different wood joints by building simple utility boxes.

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How to Scale Up an Image

The trick to transferring any design is printing on customized graph paper.