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Workshop Videos

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

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.

S15 E10, Tom Silva builds a garage workshop
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How to Build a Space-Saving Workshop

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a hobbyist woodworker turn her small garage into an efficient workspace—with tips anyone can use.

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How to Set Up a Garage Workshop

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva heads to Chicago to transform a garage into a woodworking shop.

Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor talking with cans of oil on a table
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How to Safely Dispose of Oily Rags

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discusses the proper disposal techniques for oily rags to prevent spontaneous combustion.

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How to Build a Work Glove Holder

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares a viewer tip for an inexpensive solution to storing work gloves.

A hand holding a measuring tape
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How to Quickly Divide Any Length in Half—Without Math

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to quickly divide any length in half—without using math.

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How to Repair a Damaged Carrying Beam

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner how to repair some structural problems in his home.

early Ask episode
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How to Cut Glass

In this how-to video, learn the safe, effective techniques for cutting glass with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor

TOH editor Chris Ermides recommends 5 hand tools for your workshop.
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5 Hand Tools Worth Having in Your Workshop 

Having the right hand tools readily accessible for a project can improve your efficiency and the end result. Here’s a look at five not-so-common hand tools to have on hand.

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How to Install Pegboard

Tom Silva demonstrates how to hang a pegboard in a garage or workshop and organize tools with it.

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How to Use a Table Saw

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva gives a general overview of a table saw and the best techniques to use it safely and effectively

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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

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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