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Saturday, August 10, 2019

DIY Vanity for my Girls Shared Bedroom

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In the final months before my first daughter was born, I designed and built a desk for my wife to play facebook tetris on while she was home on maternity leave. We used to facebook tetris BATTLE and loser would have to pick-up late-night-crazy-pregnant-binge foods at Portillos, IHOP or 7-eleven. I wish I was kidding. Well actually now that I think...

Make Picture Ledges with Homemade Steel Wool and Vinegar Stain

This past Monday I completed my first LIVE build on @Hometalk's facebook page. My project that day was to make picture ledges with homemade steel wool and vinegar stain. The broadcast pulled in over 100k views within the first 24hrs- pretty wild! The best part BY FAR was interacting with the viewers in real time. It was a ton of fun...

Build a Farmhouse Dining Table: Part 2

Part two on how to build a farmhouse dining table! In today's build I make an apron from 1x4's that will allow the table top to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. The apron build calls for kerfs to allow the use of table top fasteners from Rockler. Later in the video I sharpen and use chisels to...

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Frame

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After an unfortunate extended layoff due to CHILDREN (getting me sick), I'm back with some magnetic chalkboard magic. Using 2x3 sheetmetal, 1x4 pine, plywood and Rustoleum chalkboard paint I constructed a magnetic chalkboard to organize the family's activities in the kitchen command-center. Difficulty: Beginner Time Required: Weekend Cost: Under $50 2 - 1x4x8 Pine 1 - 2x4 Sheet 1/4" Plywood 1 - 2x3 Galvanized...

Build a Farmhouse Dining Table: Part 1

Part one of how to build a farmhouse dining table! Today I'll be joining (7) boards and edge gluing them together to form one big happy wood family (table top). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCrxQNa_SpQ Difficulty: IntermediateTime Required: WeekendCost: $120 Tools Required: Clamps 3/4" Pipe Clamps (need at least clamps and one piece of 3/4" pipe from Home Depot for each clamp) 3/4" Pipe (at least 48" long) Miter Saw Table Saw/Circular Saw Wood...

Rustic Sign from Reclaimed Pallet Wood

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Episode 1 from my new series DIYwithFriends! Mike and Shuo stopped by and we built a rustic sign using a custom template of their initials and an old pallet. Difficulty: BeginnerTime Required: 1/2 DayCost: Under $25 Tools Required: Clamps Miter Saw Wood Glue Elmers Wood Filler Power Sander or Sanding Block Sanding Paper Foam Brush/Paint Brush Printer Xacto Knife/Utility Knife Painters Tape Purchase List: Old Pallet/Scrap wood Minwax Special Walnut Stain Minwax Polycrylic Semi Gloss Polyurethane 8x10 Printer Paper or Cardstock...

Tools for new DIY’ers

I'm writing this post for one reason. To ENABLE you to start building your own furniture and decor. Historically, enabling has been painted in terribly negative light, but let's let this post be an exception to the rule. Building your own furniture and decor is fun, challenging, engaging and (after you acquire some basic tools) cheaper than purchasing from stores. But most of all it's...

Designing a 7ft Dining Table

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My friend recently relocated to our area and has been sporting the same dinette set for a number of years. Her new pad has a VERY nice formal dining room so we collaborated in designing a 7ft, 6-8 seat dining table to fit her needs. This dining table build sports a 5/4" thick 7ft pine table top, custom made apron and...