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- "DIY True Value Stories"
True Value launches a Facebook web series chronicling the progress of its three DIY contest winners. Thick black pa...
- 'Appy' New Year: Productivity Tools for Your Smartphone
Now is the perfect moment to plan your 2013 projects. Be more precise with your time and resources using this raft of...
- 10 Great Tools to Give Your Recent Grad
Equip the recent graduate in your life with the tools necessary for life in the real world—and we don't mean that metaphorically!
- 10 Tools for Your Apartment That You Never Thought You'd Need
While renters don't need to worry things like the furnace or lawn, they are not safe from all maintenance woes. Here are ten tools to keep your digs in good shape.
- 3 Products for Mounting Your Tablet Device
Tablets are designed to be functional as well as beautifull, so why not display your iPad as if it were an art work, ...
- 3 Top Apps to Help You Plan a Remodel
Are your home improvement plans hidden in piles of folders overflowing with clips, notes, and paint chips? You can sa...
- 5 Basement Workshop Essentials
You’re probably thinking I’m about to list my all-star tool picks. Nope. My five must-haves for a basement workshop h...
- 5 Easy Ways to Contain Sawdust and Drill Debris
In the spring, summer, and fall at our house, we're pretty active cyclists—for recreation, exercise, and transportati...
- 5 Ways to Get Perfect, Clean Cuts in Plywood
Plywood sheet goods are an essential in any home improvement project involving wood. But due to their layered structu...
- 6 Home Improvement iPhone Apps To Know
The number of home improvement iPhone apps on the market leaves smartphone-equipped DIYers with few excuses for putti...
- 7 Essential Measuring Tools for Any Job
Besides "righty tighty, lefty loosey," there's one DIY phrase that nearly anyone can recite: Measure twice, cut once....
- 7 Essential Woodworking Tools
Here are seven basic tools that are essential in the workshop.
- A "Young House Love" Affair
Sherry Petersik is glowing. Her husband John is nearby. Baby Clara, one of the cutest child co-stars of the blogging ...
- A Conversation with Amy Matthews
The current host of This New House chats with Bob about family, favorite projects, sustainability, and more.
- A Conversation with Bob Tedeschi: "The Pragmatist"
Bob Tedeschi contributes on a regular basis to The New York Times "Gadgetwise," but you likely know him as the author of the "The Pragmatist" column—an honest, light-hearted, and truly informative body of writing about the DIY experience.
- A Tape Measure with a Story
This old tape measure follows me around everywhere. My father gave it to me, and it does the trick. Sure, it’s a ...
- Add a Decorative Touch to Your Woodworking Shop
There's no reason why your woodworking shop can't be easy on the eyes, outside and in. The one pictured above was cre...
- All-Weather Scribbling: Rite in the Rain
Tech is great, but a lot of times tech can’t cut it, especially mobile technology. Thus, a fool and his smartphone ar...
- Amy Matthews: 5 Tips for Successful DIY
Amy Matthews offers tips on using recycled and salvaged materials and advises DIYers on best ways to complete a successful remodeling project.
- App Review: DIY Kids
Social media doesn’t have to be an inactive activity. DIY. org is a good example of social media that works best when...
- App Review: Houzz Interior Design Ideas
Let’s say you love Asian home design. There are plenty of places you could turn for design inspiration. But Houzz. co...
- Band Saw
A stationary saw that can be used for freehand cutting, the band saw is a very useful piece of equipment.
- Band Saw Safety
Band saws are powerful cutting tools and must be used with proper respect and care. Follow these guidelines for safe and proper operation.
- Basic Grinding 101
Follow the three steps necessary to sharpen a chisel or similar tool with a grinding wheel.
- Belt Sander
Powered sanders can help you get your work done quickly.
- Bench Dogs
To secure a workpiece for planing, use bench dogs.
- Bench Furniture
Bench furniture is critical to making your workspace productive. Learn what types of furniture there are, and what types you actually need.
- Bench Planes
Bench planes are used for smoothing and squaring surfaces.
- Bevel Gauge
The bevel gauge allows you to fabricate or replicate pieces that are not square.
- Bit of Knowledge: Choosing the Right Drill Bit for the Job
Drill bits are designed to do one thing: make holes in stuff. That is, except when they are intended to drive hardwar...
- Blog Stars: In the Workshop
Meet four do-it-yourselfers who are creating their dream surroundings and blogging about the experience.
- Bob Tedeschi's 5 Tips for DIY Beginners
During a recent interview with The New York Times columnist Bob Tedeschi, a. k. a. "The Pragmatist," I asked if he ha...
- Bob Vila Radio: Adhesives
To get the job done right, you need stick-to-it-iveness. Here’s how to choose the right glue for your next woodworkin...
- Bob Vila Radio: DIY Dolly
The next time you need to move something big and heavy in the workshop or around the house, save your back and build ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Dowel Joinery Tips
Here’s a technique professional carpenters use to conceal screws in fine woodworking projects: use wooden plugs. List...
- Bob Vila Radio: Drill Drivers
Did you know the right drill bit can make or break the job?LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON DRILL DRIVERS, or read text be...
- Bob Vila Radio: Handsaws
With all the great power saws available today, the lowly handsaw has kind of faded into the background. But there are...
- Bob Vila Radio: Headlamps
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
- Bob Vila Radio: Hearing Protection
If you’re exposed to it long enough, any noise level above eighty-five decibels—like what you’d hear on a busy city s...
- Bob Vila Radio: Ladders
If your last-minute fall chores have you climbing a ladder, here are some tips to save time and stay safe up there. L...
- Bob Vila Radio: Left-Handed Tools
If there's a leftie on your gift list this season, they might appreciate a tool or two that's meant for them. Listen ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Levels
Do you want to make sure that shelf you’re putting up is really on the level? Then you need. . . well, a level. Level...
- Bob Vila Radio: Lithium-Ion Batteries
Cordless power tools, and now lithium-ion batteries, have revolutionized the home improvement world. But anyone who’s...
- Bob Vila Radio: Nail Sets
If you have stubborn nails that pop out of your floorboards, or you need a way to get a finishing nail flush against ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Plumb Bob
A plumb bob is an amazingly simple tool, basically just a pointed weight on a string. But whether you’re putting up a...
- Bob Vila Radio: Power Drill
A power drill does more than just drill holes. With different attachments, it also drives screws, turns a sander, or ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Rust Removal
Reviving rusty metal tools or furniture is a great indoor winter project, and there are three ways to remove rust. Li...
- Bob Vila Radio: Screwdrivers
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tape Measure
I can barely think of a home improvement job that doesn’t require a tape measure! Whether you’re framing a new room o...
- Bob Vila Radio: The Saber Saw
For a saw that’s great on the curves, no workshop is complete without a good saber saw. CM_BVILANOTES-4 Tool Tip- Sab...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Belts
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a tool belt is just for pros! Even if you’re just doing quick jobs around the...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Circular Saws
If those holiday gift cards are burning a hole in your pocket, a good circular saw is something you really shouldn't ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Clamps
In carpentry, the first key to a good joint is proper clamping. The clamp is responsible for pulling together the pie...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Flashlights
Save your eyes and shed a little light on the job you’re doing with the right flashlight. LED flashlights are illumin...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Laser Level
No workshop should be without levels in various lengths, but for lines longer than 3' or 4', traditional bubble level...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Nail Guns
As time-saving tools go, it's hard to beat the pneumatic nailer; aka the nail gun. But before you run out to get one ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Pliers
The tool we think of as pliers only evolved from “tongs” fairly recently, but it’s hard to imagine life without a var...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Power Sanders
Good sanding can make or break a woodworking project, so every do-it-yourselfer should have a power sander in the wor...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Ratchet Sets
Tool sets are popular gifts, but none is more useful for the home and garage handyperson than a really good ratchet s...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Sandpaper
Despite its name, sandpaper isn’t made of sand, and often doesn’t even involve paper. Listen to BOB VILA ON SANDPAPER...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Staple Gun
It's a ‘staple’ in every tool and craft kit, it can save you lots of time banging tacks or nails, and it can get into...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Table Saw
You don't have to undertake too many do-it-yourself woodworking projects to understand that a table saw is a must-hav...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Tin Snips
Don't wreck a good pair of scissors trying to cut metal; you need a good pair of tin snips. Listen to BOB VILA ON TIN...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Toolboxes
Most home improvement projects require at least some moving around from place to place with tools, and that can get t...
- Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip: Claw Hammers
It’s been in every tool belt since the 16th century. The claw hammer is a must-have for driving and removing nails an...
- Bob Vila Radio: Top Tools
Not every homeowner needs a workshop full of professional tools, but there are a few basics you should have if you pl...
- Bob Vila Radio: Types of Screws
There are many different types of screws, and each kind has its own job to do. Before you make the first turn of the ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Woodworking Tips
Even experienced carpenters make mistakes, especially when they're cutting a lot of different pieces. Listen to BOB V...
- Bob Vila Radio: Wrench Roundup
When you have to tighten a nut, bolt, or other standard fastener, you need a wrench. But what kind?Listen to BOB VILA...
- Bob Vila's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Tool-Lover
Whether you're looking for a stocking stuffer or a gift to slip under the tree, our top tool picks will help you shop for the tool-loving handyman or woman in your life.
- Bob Vila's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Woodworker
Shopping for the woodworker in your family? Browse our top picks for gifts beginners and experts alike are bound to enjoy.
- Bob Vila's Top 5 TV Shows & Movies
I was amused to see James Marsden geared up in a tool belt on "30 Rock", as his character set about fixing loose floo...
- Bolts and Screws
A comprehensive guide to bolts and screws.
- Books for the Love of Home
Experts on all things home aren't always confined to hammer and nail. Many have picked up another set of tools altoge...
- Brad, Jeremy, Harrison and Bob? An Oscar Salute!
It may strike you as odd for a home improvement web site to publish an Oscar-related blog post, but while Bob Vila is...
- Builders' Show, Day Three
Today is my third and last day at the Builder's Show in Orlando, and while I have a bit of "building product" overloa...
- Builders' Show, Day Two
Day two at the International Builders' Show in Orlando turned up some more great introductions. I started the day tai...
Calipers are helpful in transferring measurements from one spot to another.
- Capturing Your DIY in TimeLapse
It's a ritual that dates back to cave times—DIYers showing off their proud achievements. 'Before and after' shots are...
- Carpenter Squares
This is one of the practical, substantial tools that always seem eager to go to work.
- Choosing Essential Tools for Woodworking
Having these 10 favorites on hand will make any future project a breeze.
Clamps, specifically hand-screw, bar, spring, strap, pipe, and C-clamps remain the basic tools on which any workshop relies, used to hold assemblies in position while glue cures or while nails or screws are put in place.
- Closet Workshop
For many occasional, around-the-house handypeople, a closet workshop is an easy answer to a multitude of headaches.
- Cold, Masonry and Brick Chisels
Use these tools to help you cut through metal, brick or stone.
- Combination Square
This tool is essentially an adjustable hand square, with a couple of clever advantages.
- Compressed-Air Tools
Use air tools for a variety of tasks to expand your workshop's capabilities.
- Concrete Blocks: Foundations to Art
I know what you're thinking—a concrete block. Big deal. But take a look at it. Solidly built. Produced with hollow ce...
- Creating the Ultimate Garage Workshop
Here are some things to consider when building a garage workshop for car enthusiasts.
- Cut Nails: Hammering Home Authenticity
Cut nails provide the look of early American construction to wood floors, doors, cabinetry, or fencing.
- DIY Deals: Tools
At BobVila. com we are dedicated to providing the tools and information necessary to help you with all of your home i...
- DIY Workbenches: 5 You Can Build in a Weekend
The workbench is a DIY project's hub. It's where supplies are kept and progress gets made. Sure, you can buy a workb...
- DIYdiva Kit Stansley: In the Workshop
Kit Stansley has a zest for building and a talent for blogging about it. The 5’3” 115 lb. power tool addict tackles projects armed with fierce ambition and sharp wit, and then chronicles them with great humor and humanity on her website, DIY diva.
- DesignVision: Jenn-Air's New Augmented-Reality App
Augmented reality (AR)—the ability to overlay digital information over what you see through a lens—is expanding into ...
- Disk Sander
Another high-powered sanding tool to consider adding to your workshop.
- Doweling Jig
The doweling jig is a purpose-made tool for joining boards with dowel joints.
- Drawing a Workshop Floor Plan
To aid in the planning of your workshop, put your ideas for the space on paper.
- Drill Bits for Different Jobs
A good starter set of drill bits should include at least a small index of twist drills and a set of spade bits.
- Drill Press
The drill press is a fixed-in-place version of the simple hand drill with a worktable beneath.
- Drilling with Care
Skilled Drillers Work Carefully
- Electric Drills
Learn the best uses for the different types of drills.
- Feng Shui for the Home with Your iPhone
Someone once asked me to describe feng shui. I said it was like believing your meal tasted bad, because the food was ...
- Filing Techniques
It takes a little technique and some practice before the file fits naturally in your hand, and your stroke is smooth and regular.
- Finishing Sanders
Finishing sanders function in different ways, sanding in a straight-line mode, backwards and forwards, much like hand sanding or orbital sanding.
- Finishing Wood
Let's talk about the surface of the object you are making. Now is the time to correct or camouflage flaws in your work.
- Fireproof Your Workshop
Fire is a devastating show of strength by Mother Nature. Take these steps to prevent it in your workshop.
- Flexible Tape Measures
Tape measures come in a variety of lengths, ranging from a few feet to one hundred feet or more.
- Free-Standing Workshop
If you're serious, you can build a separate building for your workshop.
- Freestanding Saws
What kind of saw do you need in your workshop? Here's some help.
- Garage Workshop Foundation and Slab
Before starting on your garage foundation, check soil, permits, and structure upfront.
- Getting to Know HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins"
NJ-based builders Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, who began their TV careers in the kitchen, are now hard at work on the whole house, and beyond.
- Glass Cutter
- Hammer Time: The Art of Roy Mackey
As you know from my prior posts, I am as fascinated with tools for their purpose and usefulness as I am for their sha...
- Hand Squares
Hand squares have been used for most of recorded history.
- Handling Your Hand Saw
Handling Your Hand Saw
- How Many Tools Does a Good Multi-Tool Need?
A century ago, knife-maker Wenger (of Swiss Army Knife fame) started a debate that only got louder in 1983 when Tim L...
- How To: Build a Sawhorse
Follow these instructions to make this indispensable work-site furniture.
- How To: Choose the Right Saw for the Job
Different sawteeth have different strengths for particular projects. Learn which kind of blades are best for your needs.
- How To: Choose the Right Screw for the Right Job
Back in the day there were just two options, slotted or Phillips. You picked one, picked a length, and were good to g...
- How To: Clamp a Glue Joint
Follow these steps to properly clamp a glue joint.
- How To: Clean Your Toolbox and Workshop
While spring is generally considered the month for cleaning windows, airing out the house, reorganizing the cupboards...
- How To: Cut Straight Lines with a Circular Saw
Use these steps to cut straight lines using a circular saw safely and accurately.
- How To: Distress New Beams for an Century-Old Look
Creating distressed beams adds character to any space.
- How To: Drill Straight 90° Holes (Without a Drill Press)
Except in special cases—when you intentionally choose a specific angle or bias—it's important to keep all drill holes...
- How To: Get Clean, Chip-Free Cuts in Melamine and Veneer
Melamine-coated particleboard is a great material for storage, basement, garage, home office, and kid's room projects...
- How To: Keep Your Tools Accessible
One of the great advantages of a workshop—as distinct from a tool box carried to a workplace—is the opportunity to put you tools within hands-reach at always visible.
- How To: Make a Deck Rail Planter
Last year, I was dying to have some deck rail planters to grow spinach and lettuce in, but I couldn’t find any that w...
- How To: Make a Mitered Corner
A mitered corner is formed by joining two pieces of wood, each cut to a 45° angle. One of the easier joints to cut, a...
- How To: Make a Mortise-and-Tenon Joint
Making mortise-and-tenon joints is, with the proper tools, a straightforward process.
- How To: Match End Grain with Side Grain
As you may recall from science class as a kid, wood is a collection of fibers that run in the same direction. Basical...
- How To: Sand Wood
Sanding is the unsung hero of any project with wood. It can take a long time, and the results are subtle: Sanding doe...
- How To: Saw Safely
These safety guidelines are essential for preventing injury and ensuring a positive experience when sawing.
- How To: Spring Clean Your Power Tools
Like everything with moving parts—your car, your computer, your body—your power tools will last longer and work bette...
- How To: Stock Your Workshop
Know your needs and buy smart in order to build a workshop that is right for your needs.
- How To: Use a Block Plane
These simple steps will help you operate the block plane to its best use.
- How To: Use a Hammer
Though many believe their hammering technique is correct, improper use of a hammer is more widespread than you think. Follow these steps to hammer correctly.
- How To: Use a Hand Plane
Wood planes are easy and immensely satisfying tools to use.
- How To: Use a Miter Box
A miter box is a wonderfully simple, affordable tool that allows any DIYer to make accurate crosscuts in wood. Since ...
- How To: Use a Portable Power Planer
Power planers do much the same work as the jack plane, but more quickly, sometimes more efficiently and accurately, and always at a higher decibel level.
- How To: Use a Rafter Square
While it may seem complicated at first, using a rafter square to raise rafters is a relatively simple process.
- How To: Use a Saw Properly
Results depend on more than technology.
- In Search of Antique Tools
Woodworkers choose tools for their quality, craftsmanship, and functionality. Collectors who never intend to use an antique tool are more interested in the history, aesthetics, and condition.
- In the Workshop: Blog Stars 2012
So alike in DIY ambition, this year's blog stars fix, tinker, and create in spaces that couldn't be more different.
- Inexpensive Ideas and DIY Tips for Storing Sandpaper
When you first start tackling home projects, it's no problem to hit the hardware store for one of those sandpaper mul...
- Japanese Saws
Looking at the differences and advantages of Japanese saws.
The jigsaw is similar to the band saw, only it cuts slower and has less power. It is best used to cut intricate shapes.
- Keeping Your Workshop Clean
Follow these valuable tips in order to maintain a sawdust- and debris-free workshop.
- Keyhole and Reciprocating Saw
Learn more about the keyhole saw, designed to cut holes in different materials of differing diameters and the reciprocating saw, a powerful tool best suited for demolition work.
- Know Your Workshop Needs
To begin assembling your workshop, first you must take stock of your requirements.
- Kobalt Tools: Power and Value at Lowe's
When I consider the assortment of power tools that I've purchased, collected and inherited over time, I am amazed tha...
- Lamon Luther: Reclaiming Lumber... and Lives
Compassion, faith, and hope are not intrinsically wired into the furniture business, but Lamon Luther, a fledgling ma...
A square is invaluable in helping ensure the joints are tight and the overall shape is true and square
- Locating Air Leaks: Black & Decker's Thermal Heat Detector
It was 99 degrees last night in Chicago and everyone, everyone, was wondering when the power grid would succumb to th...
- Lowe's Launches "Tile Product Selector" Web Tool
H. B. Fuller Construction Products, maker of TEC-brand tile installation tools, and Lowe’s have created a shopping-li...
- Lumber Grades and Numbers
Go into a lumber yard with confidence by learning basic lumber info here.
- Making Friends with a Detail Sander: Refinishing Your Front Door
I love wood. Maybe it’s the way the surface glows when sunlight suffuses the grain, lighting up any room with golden ...
- Making Plane Adjustments
Woodworking planes require cutter adjustment for optimal performance.
Learn about the tools that are like hammers, only for completely different projects than their steel counterparts.
- Manage Noise in Your Workshop
Protect yourself and your home from noise.
- Marking Tools
Determining which marking tool is best for different situations.
- Meryl & Chris: Renovation and Romance
With his-and-hers DIY specialties, the talented couple behind Picardy Project are a match made in home improvement heaven.
- Milwaukee Tool Introduces a Refreshed Lineup
I traveled to Milwaukee, WI, a couple weeks ago to visit the headquarters of the Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation ...
- Miter Box
Lining cuts up perfectly without a miter box is tricky, and when it comes to fitting the pieces together, the miter box more than proves its worth.
- Molding Planes
Molding planes are many traditionalists' preferred tool for cutting wooden moldings.
The multi-plane is truly the muscle-driven equivalent of the router. Its handle is of wood, but that's where its resemblance to traditional hand planes ends. It is a highly machined, complex assemblage of adjustment screws, stops, fences, depth gauge, and interchangeable cutters, all of which enable it to plane grooves, rabbets, dadoes, sash moldings, reeds, concave and convex curves, and even stair nosing.
- My Workbench Today
Although I used to have a pretty big workshop back in Cambridge, things changed once we sold the place and became sno...
- MyLowe's: Managing DIY Projects and Dreams
This is a test: What type of filter does your furnace or air conditioner require? What is the paint color of your li...
- Nail Guide
Every nail you could think of using for any situation.
- Nailing Techniques
There are more ways to use a nail than what you're used to.
- New Wave of Brushless Motor Power Tools
Brushless motor technology has been around for a while, but only within the last couple years have power tool manufac...
- On Master Craftsmen
Throughout the years, I've been lucky enough to meet scores of talented, experienced contractors and craftsmen—proud ...
- Opening Day at the Builders' Show
What's new at this year's International Builders' Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL? Bob Vila for one. After a five year abse...
- Operating a Drill Press
Follow these guidelines to operate a drill press the right way.
- Pegboard: Still a Classic Storage Solution for Today
As a kid growing up, I remember visiting my grandparents’ house and heading straight for granddad’s garage. It was im...
- Planning Your Woodworking Shop
When planning your woodworking shop, keep these considerations in mind for practicality, comfort, and safety.
You may think there are only one kind of pliers, but you'd be forgetting four varieties.
- Pneumatic Nailers for Homeowners
Pneumatic Nailers for Homeowners
Pocketknives are known for their convenience when something small and unexpected arises. Find out which type will confer the most convenience to you.
- Power Drivers
If you're looking to save time and money, using a power driver for screws could be an option.
- Power Saw Blade Sense
Using saw blades the right way
- Proper Sanding Techniques
These three steps will help you improve your sanding and help get you the finish you want.
- Protective Gear
The right protective gear is like a small health insurance policy: money well spent.
- Quenching the Thirst for DIY
Working on a job site through a scorching, dusty summer day requires pacing and hydration, and now, perhaps for the f...
- Quick Tip: Choosing Sandpaper
The types of sandpaper and which one is right for your project.
- Quick Tip: Home Workshop
These tips will help you consider the different things that go into building your workshop.
- Quick Tip: On-Site Level Lengthener
How to turn your two-foot level into something longer for bigger jobs.
- Quick Tip: Sharpening a Spade Bit
Keep your spade bits sharp and effective.
- Quick Tip: Table Saw Techniques
Use these tips to get the most out of your table saw.
- Quick Tip: Tool Maintenance
The last step for building your workshop is keeping the tools in good working order and having them stored and organized for easy use.
- Quick Tip: Workbench Construction
These few simple guidelines may help you build a practical, durable bench.
- Quick Tip: Working with Wood Glues
There are a variety of glues you can use. We help you decide which one is best for particular situations.
- Quick Tip: Workshop Dolly
Save your aching back by moving heavy objects in your workshop with a dolly.
- Rabbet Planes
The rabbet plane is a simple tool that creates strong joints in woodworking.
- Radial-Arm Saw
The radial-arm saw is a versatile saw that can do a lot of things in your workshop.
- Rasps, Files, and Surfoams
Files are shaping tools made of hardened steel that smooth wood or metal, removing burrs or rough spots. They can finish off or enlarge holes, and allow wood to be pared and shaved in places where planes and chisels just won't reach.
- Router Bits
Router bits come in about as many shapes and sizes as there are edges to be shaped, and here's how to understand the basics.
- Rulers, Straightedges, Compasses and Dividers
Use these tools to make straight lines and measure distance.
- SanFranVic's John Clarke Mills: In the Workshop
At 25, John Clarke Mills, a software entrepreneur with a background in engineering and woodworking, bought his first house.
- Sarah Fogle: In Love with Fixing It Up
Atlanta-based blog star Sarah Fogle fits DIY home renovation between grad school, family and friends, and her dog Charlie.
- Saw Blade Sharpening
Saw blade sharpening ensures the durability and effectiveness of your tool.
This category of tools encompasses everything from paint scrapers to putty knives. Learn where they could fit into your project.
There's more to the screwdriver than you may initially realize. Learn it here.
- Sharpening Chisels
A dull blade is a dangerous blade, which is why you need to keep tools sharp. Follow these steps to sharpen your chisels.
- Smart Storage for Small Workshops
Since my wife and I recently downsized, I am making do with a much smaller basement workshop these days. Whereas I co...
If you need to cut metal for a home improvement project, chances are you'll need snips. Use this guide to find out which snips work best for which kind of metal
- Solar Power On the Go from Solio
When you lose power, as many people have recently in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the lights going out isn't the...
- Some Sharpening Shortcuts
Follow these quick tips to help keep your cutting tools sharp.
- Speed Square
You can use the speed square to check a cut or joint for square, to mark cutoff lines, or as a straightedge to identify warped or cupped boards.
The spokeshave is used to smooth curves cut onto stock. For generations of woodworkers, the spokeshave was a multipurpose tool used for shaping the seats, backs, and legs of chairs and in cabinetwork. It's at its best when cleaning up cuts made by a band saw or jigsaw.
- Squares, Levels, and Plumbs
Tools to Prevent Crooked Work
- Stay Charged with Mophie's Juice Pack PRO
How much would a serious upgrade to your iPhone 4's operating time be worth to you? If your project house is without ...
- Table and Radial Saws
Learn how to choose equipment that fits the task.
- The "Merrypad-Dadand" DIY Duo: In the Workshop
She had a load of lumber to get home from the Home Depot. He had a car big enough to take it. Emily Winters and Pete Fazio, both of Rochester, NY, were weekday work colleagues who shared a passion for weekend DIY projects.
- The $20 Japanese Pull Saw: A DIYer's Best Bang for the Buck
This is not dedicated to the woodworkers, the gear hounds or the power tool junkies. This isn't for the contractors, ...
- The 5 Apps You Won't Want to Renovate Without
If your file folders are bursting at the seams with to-do lists, contractor quotes, spec sheets and inspirational cli...
- The Backsaw
Learn the basics of the different types of backsaws and how they could fit into your project needs.
- The Basic Workbench
A good woodworking bench is one that suits its user's needs.
- The Bench Grinder
Use this inexpensive tool to smooth rough edges.
- The Block Plane
A small hand-held tool that can help you quickly and easily finish exterior wood surfaces.
- The Bow Saw
Learn about the bow saw, which has an antique look but still has value on-site and in the shop.
- The Cellar Shop
Before outfitting your basement as a workshop, bear these considerations in mind.
- The Chalk Box
Admiration for one of the simplest, yet most effective tools out there.
- The Compressor
Compressors are used for many different kinds of workshop and worksite tasks. Most of us first made the acquaintance of a compressor when our bicycle tires needed pumping up, but the basic mechanism hasn't changed all that much.
- The Coping Saw
Coping is a process by which one piece with an irregular surface is fitted to another. In practice, most of us encounter coping in cutting trim work, especially cornice and baseboard moldings.
- The End-Wall Shop
Follow these steps to turn an end wall into a productive and space-efficient workshop.
- The Essential Toolbox
Whether you’re a rookie handyman or a seasoned do-it-yourselfer, a range of basic tools is essential to doing the small jobs around the house.
- The Hand-Held Circular Saw
The efficient and powerful circular saw could make a great addition to you toolbox.
- The Ideal Workshop Layout
Make sure that your workshop is actually workable using these tips.
- The Jointer
The jointer is used to fasten wood in tight, precisely shaped joints.
- The Plate Joiner
This clever device helps join furniture and cabinetry.
- The Plumb Bob
A tool to establish an exact vertical
- The Portable Table Saw
Portable Table Saws for Finishing
- The Router
The router's versatility, light weight, reasonable cost and portability have made it a tool of choice for many.
- The Saber Saw
The saber saw is a small tool use most often for cutting curves and openings in boards and panels.
- The Scraper
This is a tool for minimalists, for those who admire simplicity of form and function beyond all else.
- The Shaper
Use this helpful tool to shape ornamental edges.
- The Story Pole
The story pole helps assure uniformity from one part of a structure to another.
- The Thickness Planer
The planer is a tool for woodworkers who require large quantities of planed stock and who elect to buy it rough cut. A couple of trips through a planer and smooth, surface-planed stock emerges, often at a fraction of the cost of the milled boards sold at your neighborhood lumberyard.
- The Transit Level
Transit Levels Used in Plane Surveying
- The Utility Knife
This small but useful tool will come in handy during your projects.
- Tilting Arbor Saw
Also known as the table saw, the tilting arbor saw is the single most important workshop tool for many.
- Tim Allen and Bob Vila: Back to the Future
If you haven't checked out Tim Allen's new ABC comedy sitcom, Last Man Standing, you should. He's an awfully funny gu...
- Timothy Dahl: Making It Outside in LA
In his backyard workshop, blog star Timothy Dahl earns home improvement wisdom that he shares with DIYers of all ages.
- Tool Collecting: Tips from an Antiques Roadshow Expert
Woodworkers choose tools for their quality, craftsmanship, and functionality. Collectors who never intend to use an antique tool are more interested in the history.
- Tool Storage
A primer for preventing breakage and misplacement in tool storage.
- Tool or Art? You Decide
When does a simple hand tool—let's say a saw—become a work of art? For tool collectors, the answer is an easy one: w...
- Tools Galore: The Importance of a Pocket Multi-Tool
We have been in tool mode here at BobVila. com, posting content from Bob Vila's Toolbox (published by William Morrow ...
- Top 5 Posts of the Week: Election Edition
From desktop globes and metal roofs to the Presidential race, we’ve covered tons of ground this week. If the election...
- Top 5 Tool Buying Tips
Keep these helpful tips in mind the next time you're in the market to buy tools.
- Top Tips for Using a Floor Sander
Use a floor sander effectively in order to complete your hardwood refinishing project more quickly and easily.
- Top Tools 2012: Bosch 13-Piece DareDevil Spade Bit Set
Bosch has revolutionized spade bits with the company's Daredevil line.
- Top Tools 2012: ChannelLock 13 'N 1 Ratcheting Screwdriver
ChannelLock's tough and thoughtfully designed combination screwdriver outperforms similar tools.
- Top Tools 2012: Craftsman 145-Piece Mechanic's Tool Set
Craftsman's comprehensive mechanic's tool set holds the answer for innumerable projects around the house, shop, or garage.
- Top Tools 2012: DeWalt 12v Pivot Reciprocating Saw
With its pivoting blade, DeWalt's compact and cordless reciprocating saw is easy to use in tight spaces.
- Top Tools 2012: Husky Pro Tool Bag
Replete with pockets, pouches, and sleeves, Husky's tote organizes frequently used tools in one portable package.
- Top Tools 2012: Irwin GrooveLock Pliers
Improving a tool's design is often a tough task, but Irwin has managed the feat with its GrooveLock Pliers.
- Top Tools 2012: Johnson 9500 Magnetic Aluminum Box Level
Thanks to its magnetic edges, which provide an extra pair of hands, Johnson's box level stands apart.
- Top Tools 2012: Maxxeon WorkStar 220 LED
Maxxeon's pencil-thin pocket flashlight casts a whopping 140 lumens of LED light over an unexpectedly wide area.
- Top Tools 2012: Milwaukee 6-in-1 Combination Pliers
Why carry six tools when one will serve? Save space in your tool belt with Milkwaukee's innovative combination pliers.
- Top Tools 2012: Milwaukee Cordless 18v Cut-Off/Grinder
Comfortable to use and easy to control, Milwaukee's powerful 18-volt grinder is near perfect.
- Top Tools 2012: Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket
Stay extra warm and charge your mobile device with Milkwaukee's USB-equipped heated jacket.
- Top Tools 2012: Ridgid 18v Compact Drill Driver and Impact Driver
Backed by the product category's best warranty, Ridgid's drill/driver is a workhorse that will last.
- Top Tools 2012: Rockwell Sonicrafter X2 Oscillating Multi-Tool
Rockwell's no-nonsense oscillating multi-tool gets along famously with other toolmaker's accessories.
- Types of Hammers
We've got you covered with comprehensive information on the three major types of hammers: claw, ball peen and club.
- UV Filtration Water Bottle from Camelbak
There are many reasons you might be working on a project house without running water, but there are fewer reasons to ...
- Unfastening Tools
Pry bars, crowbars, pinch bars, flat bars, and cat's-paws; Those are the names of some of the sturdy steel tools that pull nails, pry boards, and perform other demolition tasks.
- Using Your Router
Follow these rules when using your router for safety and effectiveness.
- What's Your Tool I.Q.?
We are excited to introduce a new addition to the Bob Vila toolbox—a Trivia Quiz. Produced by Triviasnaks, the quiz...
- What's Your Tool IQ?
So you think you know your hand tools and power tools? We're putting you to the test. Go ahead show us what you got!
- Why Every DIYer Needs a Thickness Planer
The thickness planer is not the most versatile tool in your arsenal. In fact, it really only does one thing: it plane...
- Wood Chisels
Wood chisels are designed to help carve and shape wood. Learn the different varieties here.
- Wood Joints
Take a comprehensive look at the most common wood joints.
- Wood Templates
Wood templates are patterns or models used in the making of curved or irregularly designed workpieces.
- Woodworking Gauges
For marking off straight lines parallel to the edge of a workpiece, for certain cutting tasks, and for laying out mortises and tenons, these tools are unsurpassed, as they are fast, efficient, and easy to use.
- Woodworking Vise Guide
Get a grip on the different types of woodworking vises available for your workbench.
- Workbench Types
Workbench configurations vary. Choose the setup that fits your available space and project goals.
- Workshop Dresser
Learn how to turn an old dresser or chest into your very own workshop.
- Workshop Electricity
Now that your plans are in place, here are some electricity installation tips.
- Workshop Lighting
Straightforward information from Bob Vila on how best to light your workshop.
- Workshop Locations
There are many places to put your workshop. Here are a few suggestions.
- Workshop Planning Checklist
Things you must consider before going to work on a workshop.
- Workshop Safety
Workshop safety consists of more than just wearing proper protective gear. Follow these guidelines to ensure your workshop is a safe environment.
A worktable should have a place on your floor plan, unless your workshop is too small to accommodate any work surfaces beyond the workbench.
A helpful guide to help you decide which wrench to use for your next project.
- Young House Love: 7 Tips for Romantic DIY
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here are seven Petersik-style wisdoms—culled from the posts of “Young House Love” and from an interview with Sherry—that may help you keep romance up and stress down when your kitchen is covered in plastic and you’re doing the work of eight people.
Tools & Workshop Videos
- Installing a Chair Rail and Restoring a Corner Cupboard
In the dining room, carpenter Bob Ryley installs a chair rail and works with carpenter Danny Ruffini on the glass doors that will be added to the corner cupboard—one of the original features of the house.
- Creating a Cornice Molding for the Dining Room
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley create an elaborate five-piece cornice molding in the dining room.
- Installing Wall Paneling in the Entranceway and Visiting the Completed Tiled Shower
Inspired by designs found in the Isaac Bell historic house, paneling is installed on Bob’s entrance door to the living room. Bob looks at the completed tiled shower in his guest bathroom.
- Installing a Decorative Inlaid Vinyl Floor and Reviewing the Workshop Layout
The generously sized workshop has a functional layout and a unique vinyl floor designed by architect Gregory Rochlin.
- Making an Armoire into an Entertainment Center
Bob works with carpenter Bob Ryley to construct an insert for an antique cherry armoire to house his bedroom TV and video collection.
- Replicating Old Window Moldings and Replacing House Trim and Boards
Experts review the replication of old house moldings and the use of Western Red Cedar for house trim and boards.
- Crafting Custom Countertops
Bob assists Princeton Custom Cabinetry as the crew crafts custom countertops on-site for the Miami Beach condo remodel.
- Designing and Crafting Historical Reproduction Crown Molding
Brent Hull, of Hull Historical Millwork, is on location to help with the installation of the dining room's crown molding.
- Building Planter Boxes
Bob Ryley is in the garage workshop building a planter box for the sunroom.
- Locksmithing at the North Bennet Street School
At Boston's North Bennet Street School, Bob visits the locksmithing classroom.
- Installing Corner Cabinets
Carpenter Paul Anderson joins Bob to hang corner cabinets in the kitchen of the modern Colonial project house.
- Installing Molding on the Kitchen Cabinets
Paul Anderson attaches pre-finished crown molding around the kitchen cabinets in the modern Colonial project house.
- Furniture Making at the North Bennet Street School
Bob visits with Alex Krutsky at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Bob and Krutsky discuss the school's admissions process, which requires previous carpentry experience.
- Hand-Carving a Mahogany Drawer Front
Furniture maker Tommy MacDonald demonstrates a few of the techniques he employs to create hand-carved furniture details.
- Installing Trim on the Back Porch
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley install trim on the back porch of the Habitat for Humanity house in Yonkers, NY.
- Installing Built-In Cabinets
Carpenter Bob Ryley installs loft shelves in the upstairs hallway.
- Engineered Wood Floor Joist System
Bob discusses the advantages of engineered wood flooring with Steve Barth (from Willamette Industries).
- Laying Plywood for the Front Porch Ceiling
General contractor Kevin Kalman and carpenter Bob Ryley lay plywood to the soffit of the front porch ceiling.
- Interior Trim Tips
Carpenter Bob Ryley and the finish carpenter install interior trim in the dining room.
- Applying the Wood Moldings
Having reviewed the progress made in the basement, Bob checks out some of the finish carpentry techniques used in applying wood moldings.
- Baseboard Replicas
In the Virginia governor's mansion, Bob and Bob Ryley look at baseboard replicas and inspect how the space behind the baseboard is used.
- Baseboard Molding Installation
Bob Ryley installs replica baseboard molding inside a room of the Virginia governor's mansion, which is under restoration.
- Restoring the Mantel
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Greg Cowan (from Tidewater Restoration) discuss the process of restoring the antique mantelpiece.
- Installing the Restored Mantelpiece
Bob returns to the Virginia governor's mansion to see the restored mantelpiece reinstalled in the ballroom.
- Building Cabinets
Bob visits Todd Allen's cabinet shop, where he helps to mill and assemble the cabinets for the loft conversion project.
- Bookcase Building
Bob gives assistance to carpenter Todd Allen, who is building a bookcase for the built-in cabinet array.
- Building and Installing Cabinets
Bob confers with carpenters Bob Ryley and David Ives, as they construct and install cabinets in the loft conversion unit.
- Hanging Blueboard and Installing Corner Beads
Bob interviews Brian Dauphinee, who's hanging blue board, installing corner bead, and applying the scratch coat of plaster.
- Discussing the Hallway Walls
Bob highlights the long curved wall in the loft's hallway. The wall provides a great deal of storage, and serves as a divider between the private and public spaces within the apartment.
- Reviewing the Blueprints
Bob joins the contractors from Crosswinds Enterprises. With framing for the accessible home nearly complete, Bob gets a sense of the layout and looks over the blueprints.
- Building a Wooden Corner Bracket
Carpenter Bob Ryley lays out and constructs a corner bracket for the accessible home.
- Building a Wooden Corner Bracket, Part 2
Carpenter Bob Ryley continues to fashion a wooden bracket for the exterior of the accessible home.
- Installing Custom Window Sills
Bob pays a visit to the site of another unit's construction in the Roxbury development. Here, a carpenter is adding custom sills to windows.
- Building a Handicapped Access Ramp
Carpenter Bob Ryley builds a handicapped access ramp for the accessible home in the Roxbury development.
- Installing a Railing on the Hot Tub Deck
Carpenter Bob Ryley helps install the new railing on the hot tub deck.
- House Five: Queen Anne Victorian Porch Restoration
Bob meets with Judy Lee, the owner of the fifth Elmwood project house. The front porch, built in 1892, must be replaced.
- Porch Restoration: Custom Reproduction Moldings and Chatsworth's Columns
Porch restoration continues on the fifth Elmwood project house, with Forester Moulding and Lumber re-milling many porch elements.
- Porch Railing and Screen Door Installation
Carpenter Bob Ryley helps install a new porch railing and new screen doors. An underground sprinkler system is also installed.
- Final Tour of the Restored "Bench" Porch House
Bob tours the finished house, the fifth in the Elmwood neighborhood project. Better grading and gutters have been added to prevent future water damage.
- House Six: Portico Restoration, Hardscaping, and Landscaping
Bob meets the owners of the sixth Elmwood neighborhod project house and reviews the proposed portico plans. Built in 1892, the Victorian home needs a new front porch.
- Fighting Carpenter Ants and Repairing the Porch
The restoration of the front porch continues with workers putting the decking down and replacing the old columns. In addition, anti-termite control stations are placed in the yard.
- Installing Sprinkler System and Replicating Porch Balusters & Railing
For the side porch to be sturdy, it will need additional support. An underground sprinkler system is installed and replicating old railings is discussed.
- Restoring the Front Porch
The front porch is undergoing full restoration, due to excessive water and pest damage to the columns and other structural elements. Demolition begins and repair work starts on the foundation.
- Preparing the Turret Room for the Spa Tub
The turret has been reframed and the floor is prepared to receive the spa tub.
- Removing the Porch Columns
Bob helps remove the front porch columns, so they can be replicated and used on the home's new back porch.
- Building an Interior Soffit
Bob confers with carpenter Cortney Lofton and cabinetmaker Brian Comeaux on the milling and construction of an interior soffit for the bungalow.
- Kitchen Cabinet Construction
Bob helps in the process of joining the lengths of wood that will be installed in the kitchen.
- Building a Pergola and Gate
Bob confers with contractor and carpenter Cortney Lofton, as he builds a pergola at the Studio City bungalow, which will serve as a gate to the backyard.
- Custom-Building a Cabinet
Bob helps cabinetmaker Brian Comeaux custom-build a cabinet for the dining room.
- Installing a China Cabinet
The newly built china cabinet is installed. The unit was constructed in several peices, so it would fit through the front door. Several final cuts and adjustments are made to fit the cabinet around the existing trim.
- Installing Baseboards and Making Moldings
Bob meets with carpenter Bob Ryley to install baseboard, then visits Paul Morse's workshop to see how specialty moldings are milled.
- Installing Baseboards and Window Casings
Bob meets with carpenter Bob Ryley to install baseboard and window casings. Time-saving techniques are discussed, as are the tricky cuts one can make to ensure a tight fit. Ryley measures out a window and adds a new casing.
- Building a Deck and Stairs
Bob meets with contractor Bill Wilcox to help build a landing and steps up to the French doors. Bob reviews the footings that support the deck, as well as the methods used to fasten the deck to the house.
- Framing the Deck and Laying the Deck Boards
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley continue working on the backyard deck. Once they've finished theframing, they begin laying the deck boards.
- Building a Bookcase
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley meet in the workshop to build a set of bookcases for the home. Ryley demonstrates the various cuts and joining methods used to make the furniture sturdy. Face plates are added for a finished look.
- Plaster Cornice Reconstruction
Bob surveys the plaster cornice in the project home. Water damage has ruined a large section and much of the remaining plaster needs repair. Bob and restoration contractor Richard Sparks discuss the different elements of the reconstruction process.
- Adding Detail to the Plaster Cornice
Bob observers the expert plasterer add detail to the cornice, which is under reconstruction due to water damage.
- Decorative Woodwork Restoration
Bob assists Patty Hettich in stripping paint from decorative woodwork, then making rubber molds to create new details in the Federal-style home.
- Plaster and Cornice Work
Bob joins restoration contractor Richard Marks to see how the existing plaster and cornice work is blended with the new drywall.
- Bench Construction
The wood has arrived for the perimeter benches, so Bob and contractor Bob Ryley begin constructing the architect-designed benches for the greenhouse. The wood is a cypress, which is excellent in damp environments.
- The Home's Exposed Framing System
Bob discusses the home's framing with contractor Bob Ryley.
- Distressing Wood Beams
Juan Santos shows Bob how to distress the new Douglas Fir ceiling beams so they look like they're hundreds of years old. By using standard construction tools in an artistic form, Santos can even add the appearance of termite damage.
- Visiting Tecate, Mexico
Bob travels to Tecate, Mexico to meet tilemaker Javier Ramirez. Javier shows Bob the different kinds of clay common to the Baja region of Mexico, and demonstrates how the clay is used in different types of handmade and painted tiles.
- Framing the Barn
Bob confers with Paul Pacella (from Maine Post and Beam of Cape Cod) about framing the barn. Eastern white pine is being used; this type of pine is a popular lumber choice in New England thanks to ready availability and low cost.
- Discussing the Framing and Selecting a Garage Door
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the building plans and the progress made on the post-and-beam garage. Framing continues, and Bob discusses the various joints and tools used. He and Ryley also choose a large door for one end of the building.
- Placing the Engineered Wood Glulam Roof Ridge Beam
Bob and Paul Pacella (of Maine Post and Beam) discuss the cutting and placement of the engineered wood glulam ridge beam for the garage.
- Cutting Joists Using 17th-Century Techniques
Bob heads to Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, MA, where artisan-carpenter Pret Woodburn shows Bob how mortise-and-tenon joinery was cut back in the 17th- and 18th-centuries.
- Working With Exterior Trim
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley create an overhang detail with eyebrow returns and cedar plywood siding.
- Talking Indy Race Cars With Lyn St. James
1992 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Lyn St. James visits Bob at the garage project to share her automotive expertise. With temperatures falling outside, Bob parks his 1974 Jaguar E-type B-12 roadster in the barn for the winter.
- Roof Framing and Constructing a Turret
Bob confers with contractor Bob Ryley, who is beginning demolition work on the roof dormer in order to make way for the planned turret.
- Reviewing the Frame and Attaching the Verge Board
As contractor Bob Ryley attaches the gingerbread-style verge board on one gable end of the Martha's Vineyard Victorian project, Bob remarks on the notable features of the building's wood frame.
- Creating the Porch Railings and Balusters
After reviewing the final stages of the septic system installation, Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install the decorative porch railings and balusters that Ryley has made by hand.
- Building the Farmer's Porch
Bob discusses the process of building the farmer's porch with contractor Larry Landers. The natural crowning of wood is discussed, as are methods for ensuring a level surface.
- Building a Medicine Cabinet
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley hand-craft a medicine cabinet using a radial arm saw, Dado blade, router, screws, and carpenter's glue.
- Applying Exterior Trim to the Dormer Window
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley apply exterior trim to the gable end dormer window. Ryley demonstrates how to avoid seams, how to transfer an angle from the roof to the trim, and how to create the perfect triangular cut for the ear board.
- Building the Porch Rail
The carpenter shows Bob the new railing on the deck off the master bedroom, explaining that code requires that it be 36 inches tall. The carpenter then builds a piece of railing from scratch, showing how to line up the holes and pre-drill them.
- Creating the Built-in Cabinets
Bob meets with Ryley to discuss the site-built, built-in cabinets of birch plywood. Ryley demonstrates many of the cuts and jigs used in crafting the cabinets, and the techniques used to make the panel doors.
- Constructing a Clapboard Sunburst Fan
Bob joins siding contractor Brian Quinn, who is constructing a beautiful gable-end sunburst fan from clapboard siding. Quinn explains how to lay out the center moon, how to calculate the spacing and size of each fan, and how to cut the material.
- Building the "Floating" Deck
The "floating" deck is built off the master bedroom, over the kitchen. Under the decking, rubber padding is placed.
- Pine Porch Ceiling
Contractor Larry Landers installs V-groove pine on the ceiling of the new front porch and demonstrates how to stagger and miter boards for an attractive, old-fashioned look.
- Building a Custom Stair Railing
The carpenter explains details of the stair railing to Bob. For example, using a mortise joint adds strength and rigidity to the railing, while using a biscuit joiner makes short work of the cutting.
- Custom Built-in Bookshelf Unit
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley assemble and install bookshelves in the den, and Ryley shows Bob how to scribe the trim on-site.
- Custom Crown Molding
Bob tours the factory where the project house's custom crown molding is cut to custom specifications, while, back at the site, carpenter Bob Ryley struggles to install the molding on uneven walls.
- Front Hall Mirror
Carpenter Bob Ryley demonstrates how the front hall mirror is custom-built in the workshop.
- Framing the New Entryway
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley start building the frame for the new entryway.
- Crafting New Cabinet Doors
New cabinet doors, which have been made in the workshop, are installed in the project house kitchen in order to dress up the old cabinets.
- Installation of Paneling in the Basement
Refinishing the basement continues with the installation of wood paneling.
- Building and Painting a Plate Rack
A plate rack for the dining room is built from scratch and is finished with a faux-antique paint job.
- Shopping the Architectural Salvage Yard
Bob shops an architectural salvage yard for used, inexpensive doors and bathroom vanities.
- Installing Kitchen Cabinet Panels
Bob demonstrates how to fabricate off-site, and install on-site, wooden kitchen cabinet panels.
- Bulkhead Entrance and Trim
Bob helps carpentry contractor Bob Ryley install a bulkhead from a kit and put trim (a soffit, fascia, and drip edge) on the front façade.
- Putting Up Exterior Trim
Carpentry contractor Bob Ryley puts up exterior trim around the windows.
- Installing a Floor Safe
General contractor Ron Gan shows Bob how to install a floor safe in the master bedroom.
- Custom Trim, Windows, and Pocket Door
General contractor Tim Berky trims out the windows with custom millwork created from a profile of the home's original trim. Bob looks at the four-panel cherry pocket door that's been installed between the mudroom and kitchen space.
- Installing Cedar Deck Railings
General contractor Tim Berky is building the cedar deck railings, first by notching the edge board to receive posts, then by fitting one post into each notch. Once assembled, he attaches sections of railing to posts by driving in screws.
- Completing the Trim on the Oriel Window
General contractor Tim Berky is completing trim on the oriel window that faces onto the deck. He begins by covering the underboard with MDO (medium density overlay). Then, he adds an ice and water barrier, and copper flashing, before finishing.
- Deck Framing with Pressure-Treated Lumber
Rick Kleiner (from the Southern Forest Products Association) joins Bob to talk about using pressure-treated deck members. Such lumber resists fungal growth, termites, and decay, and is capable of supporting a strong and stable deck for decades.
- Building the Deck Frame
General contractor Tim Berky and his crew remove existing cladding in order to fit the ledger board for the deck tight against the house, with an ice and water barrier to protect against water penetration.
- Plans for the Multi-Level Backyard Deck
The extensive new deck will have multiple levels and various sections. General contractor Tim Berky digs holes for the footings before setting them in concrete.
- Matching Original Victorian Frieze Board
General contractor Tim Berky is creating a new frieze board to match the existing board and molding on the 1890 Queen Anne Victorian project house.