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Build-It-Yourself

Reusable Shipping Pallets Make a Great Compost Bin

Reusable Shipping Pallets Make a Great Compost Bin

Fall finally feels like it’s arrived here in New York and soon the leaves will start dropping in droves. In an afternoon you can build this huge compost bin made of basic shipping pallets (easy to find from a warehouse or big box retailer) that will hold the compost pile […]

Build a Solar Water Heater

Build a Solar Water Heater

Here’s a weekend project that can teach you some principles of sustainable living by building your very own solar water heater.

LED Table – Weird or Wonderful

This table looks like fun…for maybe 5 minutes. Actually if this wasn’t the centerpiece of your living space I can see it working in a kids play room or game room

5 Great Reasons to Start Doing-It-Yourself

5 Great Reasons to Start Doing-It-Yourself

For some women (and men) DIY and home improvement doesn’t come naturally. But here are 5 great reasons to start doing-it-yourself.

Woodworking Projects to Finish in a Weekend

Woodworking Projects to Finish in a Weekend

We’ve found a great how-to guide for wood working called Lee’s Wood Projects that includes many wood working plans that are ambitious for the beginner but manageable by anyone with time and tools. Our favorites are the classic outdoor picnic table, toy box, and wooden planter.

Build a Workbench for $20

Build a Workbench for $20

Hammerzone has a great build-it-yourself workbench that can be made for under $20 and will be as sturdy as any bench you’ll find. You may want to check out the more detailed version of this project if you’ve never tackled a woodworking project before.

Power Tool Drag Racing

Take your ingenuity and power tools to the next level and get competitive.

Building Interior Walls using Metal Studs

Building Interior Walls using Metal Studs

We’ve presented some techniques for building interior walls but overwhelmingly the material of choice is now metal/steel studs. Besides saving trees, metal studs have many advantages over traditional lumber. They don’t shrink or split and are always perfectly straight. They’re also light and easy to store; they resist fire, insects […]

Lead Paint Removal

Lead Paint Removal

We’ve touched on the dangers of lead paint and now House in Progress has started their own lead paint stripping process after highlighting the history of lead paint use in this country and makes a distinction between lead paint that is intact (safe) as opposed to paint chips and dust […]

Transform Your Formica Countertops

Transform Your Formica Countertops

If you aren’t satisfied with your formica countertops you can give them a fresh look. With a little effort and creativity, who knew granite could be this easy and while you’re at it, upgrade your fixtures.

Are You as Handy as Your Dad?

Are You as Handy as Your Dad?

Toolmonger turned us onto a great blog entry from the Wall Street Journal asking the question, “Are Dads Less Handy Around the House?” I’m not a Dad and even if I were I’m certainly not as handy around the house as my Pop is. I was raised by a very […]

DIY Video Tips

DIY Video Tips

The DIY Network has launched a new video section called DIY Kits/DIY Basics. They are short video clips as well as printable instructions covering tips for home improvement, crafts, gardening, woodworking, and your automobile. They are still using the Windows Media player format as opposed to the new flash players […]

Outdoor Sheds

Outdoor Sheds

Sticking with the storage theme this week, why not build your own shed. Once again we’ve found some great content from Popular Mechanics which includes a comprehensive plan for building your own wood shed. If you aren’t sure what materials to use for construction use this guide from DoItYourself.com.

Adirondack Chair Plans

Adirondack Chair Plans

Among The New Yankee Workshop Projects we like the most are the classic Adirondack Chairs and Loveseat. For a sustainable touch use reclaimed wood such as old deck plank boards like the chairs above.

Installing Cabinets – Uppers or Lowers First?

Installing Cabinets – Uppers or Lowers First?

Here’s a great question posed by the users of the Woodweb forums Who out there installs uppers first and why? And if you install lowers first, what are your reasons? I always install lowers first and lately the question came up in the shop. Some insightful answers…

Homemade Garage Heater

Homemade Garage Heater

Here’s an ingenious solar heater made of painted soda cans, plywood, and some plastic tubing. The builder wanted a cheap solution to bringing some hot air into his garage. It may not make a huge difference in temp but it certainly qualifies for a build-it-yourself solution.

Learn to Design and Build

Learn to Design and Build

Apartment Therapy has turned us onto a great looking school in Vermont called Yestermorrow Design/Build School. They are a non-profit educational institution and offer over 100 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft as well as courses in sustainable design.

Backyard Planters

Backyard Planters

Extreme-HowTo has a DIY solution for building backyard planters. These planters are built using pressure-treated landscape timber and are great as vegetable gardens or flower beds.

Rainwater Collection System

Rainwater Collection System

This family in Portland, Oregon decided to take advantage of their abundant rainfall and they began collecting rainwater for household use. They built this system themselves and have a great how-to accompanied by photos.

Pool to Pond Conversion

Pool to Pond Conversion

Swimming pools are great fun but if the kids have moved out or you find yourself sunbathing less and less, you may want to consider turning the pool into another type of water fixture, a pond. This homeowner didn’t need a “natural” swimming pool but rather a minimum-maintenance pond that […]

Closet Designer

Closet Designer

Designing a closet should be a well-thought out process that includes more than just slapping an interior door on a small room. EasyClosets.com has an online layout that helps you visualize exactly what you want with the space that you have.