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

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.

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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.

How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

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

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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

How to Fix Loose Door Hinges

If a door sags because the hinge holes are stripped, you can use dowels to save the day.

How to Build a Shadow Box

We show you how to make a DIY shadow box using an old wooden door in 15 steps.

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.

A Complete Guide to Hardwood Flooring

This Old House presents a complete guide to finding the best hardwood flooring for your home.

What is Varnish?

If you’re working on a project that involves wooden furniture or paneling, you’ll likely find yourself facing an important decision at the end: varnish or polyurethane for the finish? There’s a lot of confusion over the difference between these two popular wood sealants, and it’s important to know what sets them apart so you can choose the right topcoat for your project.

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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.

Building a Fireplace Mantel Out of Wood

Learn how to build DIY fireplace mantel and surround from stock lumber and moldings.

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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.

How to Refinish a Door

A pro's secrets for rejuvenating weather-beaten wood.

4 DIY Outdoor Projects You Can Make Out Of Real Cedar

Are you looking for a new project to tackle outside using cedar? We’ve rounded up four DIY wood projects that will enhance your outdoor living space. 

Understanding the Different Types of Plywood

Are you unsure of what type of plywood to purchase for your next project? Read our guide to learn how to sort through plywood options.

All About Bamboo Hardwood Flooring

Looking for the best bamboo flooring? Read our guide on what to look for, the difference in cost and durability compared to that of its rival hardwood, and how it delivers on style and versatility.

Wood Floor Repair

Replacing damaged oak-strip flooring requires a little ingenuity—and a really sharp chisel. Here’s how to make a repair.

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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.

How to Pick Tung Oil Finishes

Some handy tips for identifying and using tung oil finishes plus a list of products.

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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.

How to Strip Paint From Wood

Our start to finish guide will help you decide how to remove paint from wood.

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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.

How to Make a Half-Lap Joint

Mill your own half-lap joint quickly and easily using nothing more than a portable circular saw and a chisel.

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.

All About Interior Wood Paneling

From shiplap to salvaged barn board wood, simple interior wall cladding is making a comeback in home decor, giving rooms a style and texture boost, plus a dose of rugged charm. Here’s how to choose and use them.

How to Frame a Partition Wall

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva's technique for erecting an interior dividing wall.

Buying Guide for Reclaimed Wood

We share why and how you can use reclaimed wood to add history and character to your home as well as where to find it.

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?