Woodworking

Suspended Pot Flower Box

Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Housewares, Woodworking | 0 comments

Suspended Pot Flower Box

I built a traditional flower box at my old house. Over the seven years I lived there, I had to mend it at least three times. By the time we moved, it was so rotten that I simply threw it away. I wanted to make a new kind of flower box that would segregate the organic matter from the lumber. I’ve always liked the look of my front porch planter boxes, so I decided to build something similar for the window box. The design is not so different from the pot rack that I built to hang over the...

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DIY Electric Candle Sconces

Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Crafts, Housewares, Remodeling, Woodworking | 0 comments

DIY Electric Candle Sconces

The wife and I recently moved to a new house in the same neighborhood. As part of the remodeling process, we made some changes to the front porch. The porch has an overhead light, but no sconces by the doorway. I’ve already spent enough money on electrical work (only half of the wiring in the house was updated at the time of purchase), so I didn’t want to spend more than necessary to get a little more light and decoration outside. As a work-around, I built a set of electric sconces...

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DIY Bathtub Tray

Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Woodworking | 0 comments

DIY Bathtub Tray

In a previous post, I showed off some pictures of the basement workshop in my new house. To test out my new set-up, I did the inaugural bit of woodworking last weekend. The new house has a whirlpool in the main bathroom. We laughed at first at how outdated a jacuzzi is, but the wife likes the fact that it has a high basin, fills deeply with water, and reclines back to the wall. So for a Valentine’s Day gift, I made her a bathtub tray so she can soak in the tub with a glass of wine while...

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My New Workshop

Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Announcement, Woodworking | 0 comments

My New Workshop

*Note to email subscribers—this post will only render properly on my website. As I mentioned a few months ago, the wife and I sold our house last August. We couldn’t find anything we liked during our closing period, so we moved most of our stuff into storage and rented a tiny, one-bedroom apartment. I looked at countless houses before finally finding the right one. Here’s a sampling of the frustration I endured: I'm a pretty handy guy. I see a lot of potential in derelict...

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DIY Wood Block Tea Candle Votives

Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Christmas, Housewares, Woodworking | 0 comments

DIY Wood Block Tea Candle Votives

As I’ve mentioned before, we make our Christmas gifts in my family. It usually keeps the price down and adds a sentimental value to the offerings. This year, I made homemade wood block votives. Anyone who has access to a table saw, a miter saw, and a drill can do this project. I originally wanted to make the votives with rough-cut * 4″ x 4″ x 8′ cedar, but my table saw couldn’t manage lumber of that size. So I downgraded to using 2″ x 4″ x 8′...

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An Easy Way To Remove Labels & Adhesives

Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Woodworking | 0 comments

An Easy Way To Remove Labels & Adhesives

I use old jars to organize the hardware in my workshop. It took me years to amass the jars necessary to build the first stage of my organizer, and I’ve finally collected enough to start stage two. Here’s what it looks like now. The sixteen new jars will be divided among two doors that, when closed, hide the existing hardware organizer. I use the same brand of jars so that the lids are interchangeable. But before I can hang them, I have to get the labels off. I could use...

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Homemade Thread Organizer

Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Crafts, Woodworking | 0 comments

Homemade Thread Organizer

As you may or may not know, the wife is big into sewing and crafts. She actually offers sewing lessons for beginners in the Greenville area. Our house is way too tiny for her to have a dedicated craft room or anything like that, so she basically took over the guest bedroom. All of the storage except for the closet goes to her supplies. All I get to put in there is my guitar. For now. When I built my HTPC console a couple of months ago, we had no use for the rickety old armoir that used to...

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A Sampling Of My Homemade Furniture

Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Housewares, Woodworking | 1 comment

A Sampling Of My Homemade Furniture

I mentioned in a recent post how I’ve been making a determined effort to rid my life of tangible objects that have no utility. That might sound a little extreme, but if something isn’t useful to me in some way, I’ve decided that I just don’t have room for it. The wife is pretty much on board with this philosophy. When you live in a house as small as ours, you have to make an effort to keep the clutter from piling up. As a result, I’ve had to build a lot of...

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DIY Barn Wood Picture Frames

Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Art, Woodworking | 5 comments

DIY Barn Wood Picture Frames

The HTPC console I recently built replaced an armoir that had been in the corner of the den. Now that the TV is on another wall, the wife and I decided we should hang some pictures on the wall that divides the den from the dining room. The wife usurped the old armoir and turned it into a sewing and craft organizer. We’ve decided to replace the old prints we have hanging around the house with original pieces from local artists and/or ourselves. The wife bought me a set of brushes and...

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Building a HTPC Console, Part 3

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Technology, Woodworking | 2 comments

Building a HTPC Console, Part 3

Like I said in my previous posts (part 1, part 2) I’ve been waiting for several years to pull the trigger on a Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC) set-up. I wanted to fit everything ‘multimedia’ into a custom console in my den that kept my entire system streamlined, organized, and hidden from sight. This is how it all turned out. I’m very pleased with how clean the design looks in the room. These pictures aren’t great. I think I got some dust on the camera lens...

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Building a HTPC Console, Part 2

Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Technology, Woodworking | 0 comments

Building a HTPC Console, Part 2

Like I said before, I used the dimensions of my new Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC) components to sketch out a plan for a multimedia console that would allow cool air into the storage space, block most of the light from bleeding into the rest of the room, and neatly store everything without showing any wires. This was my plan. My measurements had to be cut down by a couple of inches during the build, but I stayed pretty true to the original design. Here’s all of the lumber. Since...

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Building a HTPC Console, Part 1

Posted by on March 7, 2012 in Entertainment, Woodworking | 1 comment

Building a HTPC Console, Part 1

I’ve been waiting for a couple of years to pull the trigger on a Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC) set-up. I wanted to fit everything ‘multimedia’ into a custom console in my den that kept my entire system streamlined, organized, and hidden from sight. When you live in a house as small as mine, you have to consider the aesthetics or else you look like a hoarder. I was pretty late to organize my media on my computer. The wife and I didn’t get our first iPod until...

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Homemade Christmas Gifts, 2011

Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Christmas, Cooking, Recipes, Woodworking | 3 comments

Homemade Christmas Gifts, 2011

As I’ve mentioned before, my family makes Christmas gifts for one another. Last year we made hollow book safes, beaded earrings and teacup candles. The year before that, we made some wine bottle stands and beef jerky. This year, we made chalkboards, barbecue rub, monogrammed aprons, and pottery Christmas tree ornaments. Most people think that DIY is always cheaper. It’s been my experience that the reverse is usually true. Almost all of the furniture I make costs double what...

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