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Build-It-Yourself

  • Build It Yourself: Plate Rack

    Sometimes the best accent pieces for your home are the items you use on a daily basis. Pull those plates you spent a fortune on out of the cabinet and display…

  • Build It Yourself: Wheelchair Ramp

    After being laid up this week recovering from knee surgery following an ACL reconstruction, I realize how grateful I am for my normal mobility. I’ve got two flights of stairs to…

  • Build It Yourself: Sign Table

    We’re always looking for interesting ways to repurpose common goods into everyday items and this sign table certainly fits the bill. The sign was salvaged from a junkyard and the remaining…

  • Build It Yourself: Garden Arbor

    Need a bit of shade that still provides great ventilation and indirect sunlight? Consider building a garden arbor. Calfinder lays out the materials needed and step-by-step instructions that will have you…

  • Plywood Kitchen Countertops

    One of the least-expensive kitchen countertop options is wood. You don’t have to go the way of pricey foreign wood grains that claim to be eco-friendly. You can outfit your kitchen…

  • Keeping Wood High and Dry

    Lumber needs to be cared for and not stored in areas of high moisture or high traffic. Leaning beams and slats against a wall or in a corner won’t do. The…

  • Build It Yourself: Compact TV Stand

    Here’s a new project for you: a television stand. Maybe you already have one in your living room, but chances are you have more than one TV. This plan from Amateur…

  • Build Your Own Garden Box

    Growing your own herbs and vegetables can be very rewarding but the ground in your yard may not be the most fertile. If that’s the case then consider building your own…

  • Review from Yestermorrow Design/Build School

    Last year we highlighted the Yestermorrow design/build school located in Northern Vermont. They are a non-profit educational institution and offer over 100 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and…

  • Weekend Project: Building a Beehive

    Angela at Shelterrific has started the process of building beehives at her house in the Catskills. She and her husband are finding Betterbee a great resource and hope to have some…

  • The Industry Standard for Contractor Markup

    Pardon our Dust raises a good question about contractor markup costs. The homeowner feels 22% is way overboard but from the comments and through a bit of research it looks like…

  • Make a Mosaic Table for Spring

    This is the perfect spring project. Make a mosaic table out of old dishes, glass pieces you’ve collected, or tiles from your local hardware store. Create a side table for your…

  • 3D Workshops from Popular Mechanics

    Popular Mechanics has put some of their best woodworking projects online that include helpful illustrations, photos, schematics, and best of all 3D renderings of the project that you can view from…

  • Antique a Mirror: Make the New Old

    Sometimes, as you’ve read here before, the perfect addition to a room is a great mirror. If you have scoured antique and contemporary shops alike and still can’t find one in…

  • Dovetail Joints the Easy Way

    Cutting dovetail joints is one of the essential skills of any woodworker, but lining up the pins and tails can be challenging.…

  • Find a Spot For a Window Seat

    Window seats are a great addition to any room that provide not just extra seating, but more storage and decorative space. If a window seat is something you’ve always wanted but…

  • Bathroom Mirror Frame-Up

    The final post from our guest blogger this week the DIY Maven is a great how-to article about framing a beveled-edge mirror to add detail and character. When we moved into…

  • Build a Clothes Drying Rack

    It can be so irritating to line dry clothes, but if you’ve ever had a garment ruined in the dryer, you know it’s still quite often a necessity and at the…

  • DIY Maven: Faux Stone Pavers

    Today DIY Maven takes on faux stone pavers: If you’ve ever laid pavers, you know how exhausting it is. And even though you did it yourself, it probably wasn’t cheap. Those…

  • Window Pane Mirror

    Double duty: this article will help you with a few different projects. Number one, you’ll find some general tips for fixing a broken window pane in your house should that unfortunate…