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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.

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 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

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.

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How to Cut a Pass-Through in a Load Bearing Wall

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.

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How to Remove a Load-Bearing Wall

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to safely cut open up a wall.

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Build It | Entryway Wall Shelf

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a wall shelf for an entryway using stock poplar from a home center

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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.

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Build It: DIY Shoe Rack

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a combination bench/shoe rack out of fir decking.

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, Garage
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How to Make Geometric Wood Wall Art 

House One’s Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to easily create a beautiful and unique piece of wooden art for under $40.

Exposed 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.

Person holding up new drawers before slides are installed.
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How to Install Drawer Slides

In this video, we show you how to easily install soft close drawers step by step.

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How to Use a Hand Plane

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the proper way to use hand planes.

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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.

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How to Make Decorative Roof Brackets

Decorative cedar brackets are often found under an overhang like a balcony or a roof. Some brackets may be structural, but in this case, these ornamental brackets are simply decorative and are part of the home’s original features. Watch as This Old House Host Kevin O’Connor meets with Builder Charlie Silva in his shop while he makes brackets himself.

Carpenter Nathan Gilbert builds kitchen drawer dividers
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How to Build Kitchen Drawer Dividers | This Old House: Live

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert demonstrates how to build custom kitchen drawer dividers as part of This Old House: Live—an initiative providing daily programming and opportunities to connect with our experts during these challenging times.