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To take your woodworking to the next level, get inspired with these projects across all levels.

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.

S20 E13, Tom Silva explains how to identify and repair wood rot
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How to Identify and Repair Rotting Wood

General contractor Tom Silva takes host Kevin O’Connor through the causes of wood rot, how to avoid it, and what to do when it occurs.

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.

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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 and Camilla build a workbench for her workshop
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How to Build a Workbench

General contractor Tom Silva teams up with an aspiring woodworker to build a workbench specifically designed for kids.

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.

Wooden birdhouse in a tree
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How to Build a Birdhouse

Building a birdhouse is a simple woodworking project you can do with young children over a weekend. Watch this video and follow these steps for building an easy birdhouse with scrap wood.

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How to Install Floating Shelves and Mantel

Jeff Sweenor and Kevin O’Connor install floating white oak shelves and a floating mantle

Best Gifts for Woodworkers (2022)

Choosing tools for first-time woodworkers or experienced carpenters can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best gifts for woodworkers on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for the carpenter in your life. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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.

How To Bend Wood

Whether it’s a woodworking project, trimwork for a remodel, instrument making, or boatbuilding, learning to bend wood can take a project from seemingly impossible to doable. You just need to know how.

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.

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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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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.

6 Practical Wood Shed Ideas

Firewood requires dry storage and plenty of airflow for optimal burning. These wood shed ideas offer options—and add a certain cozy, rustic touch to your property.

The 411 on Salvaging Wood Pallets

How to obtain, prep and use the covetable pieces for upcycling

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.

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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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Build It | French Rolling Pin

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor, turn a French-style rolling pin with an ornate detail in the center using a lathe.

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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.

Norm’s Tricks of the Trade: Wood Cuts for Flooring

Is it advisable to mix flatsawn and quartersawn pieces? Master carpenter, Norm Abram has answers.

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Build It | How to Make a Lathe Turned Bowl

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches host Kevin O’Connor the basics of using a lathe and then they turn a bowl together.

Spring 2021, Build it, Modern Platform Bench
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Build It | Modern Platform Bench

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor use strips of hardwood decking to create a slatted bench inspired by an iconic mid-century furniture design. Get the full plans and instructions to build your own George Nelson-inspired modern slatted bench.

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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.