Build-It-Yourself

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.

Copper Trellis

Copper Trellis

With some straight copper pipe, copper connectors, and two part epoxy, you can build your own trellis that will take nicely to roses or vines. The copper will age nicely and oxidize to a nice brown patina. This trellis won’t rot or need painting and should withstand the elements of […]

Invisible Bookshelf

Invisible Bookshelf

Give your living space a sci-fi look and build an invisible bookshelf. You’re books will look as if they are floating against the wall.

Create Floorplans

Create Floorplans

No drafting or architectural experience? No worries… There are now a multitude of DIY floorplan designers available online. All you need is a vision and some time. SketchUp – A free app from Google that is very powerful and will have you designing 3-D plans in no time. Floorplanner – […]

Yurt Living

Yurt Living

Look familiar? You’ve probably seen these strange looking homes in National Geographic or on some travel show. They are called Yurts and they have been used in Central Asia for centuries. Modern day Yurts are self-supporting structures that are heated and cooled with the help of their aerodynamic shape. Modern […]

Carve a Wooden Spoon

Carve a Wooden Spoon

The above examples are extreme but the Spoonlady can show you how to carve your own wooden spoons, safely and quickly. Using utensils that you’ve hand-crafted can be as rewarding as building with your very own tools.

Install Your Own Concrete Countertops

Install Your Own Concrete Countertops

Decorative Concrete of Virginia There are many countertop materials available to choose from, but we have been really liking concrete lately. We’ve seen some great examples of what the gray stuff can do and now you can build your own concrete countertops with the help of this primer from the […]

Build an Outdoor Shed

Build an Outdoor Shed

Wikihow has a simple plan for building an outdoor shed. A quick trip to your local big box hardware store or lumber yard should net you the materials you need. They also suggest using corrugated fiberglass for the roof to add more natural light and if you are skilled enough […]

The $10K Kitchen Remodel

The $10K Kitchen Remodel

We just came across this great journal of a kitchen remodel that the homeowners are trying to achieve in under $10k. They are almost complete and it looks like they’ll be just a tad over the budget which is great considering a project of this scope can easily hit $40-$60k […]