The big news in the woodworking and diy world today was that Norm Abram, long-time host of This Old House and New Yankee Workshop, will cease production of New Yankee workshop but continue his work as the master carpenter on This Old House. Apparently the New Yankee Workshop website will […]
We recently contributed to TimeOut New York’s Home Design 2009 issue which hit newsstands today. We’re featured in the Steal This Idea section for creating a patina mirror just like you’ve seen on the walls of your favorite French bistro (We prefer Le Singe Vert over Schiller’s any night). Pick […]
We want to share one of our favorite new houseblogs, San Fran Vic. The homeowners have chronicled the ongoing restoration of their 1890’s Victorian home in San Francisco. They’ve done amazing work so far and we are particularly stricken by their staircase renovation which they’ve laid out in 7 blog […]
Before you decide to stick your head in the oven over a frustrating fix, read these tips from Deren for coping with projects that don’t always go as planned. I could see it coming, clear as day. My precious son, apple of my eye, joy of my life, first-born child, […]
We’ve got a ton of build-it-yourself projects available in our archives and but we’ve gone ahead and pulled your favorite 21. Grab your hammer and get to work! 1. Build Your Own Outdoor Shower 2. Build or Demolish an Interior Door 3. Build Your Own Garden Box 4. Build a […]
According to this article from the New York Times, Home Depot and Lowes are adjusting their focus and getting in tune with the consumers reluctance to take on larger remodeling projects and instead focus on smaller diy projects around the home. While the recession has caused consumers to pull the […]
Safety is a top concern when building stairs and it all starts with solid footing and a stable hand rail. We want to expand on our previous article for installing wood stair railing by providing some great resources for building solid stairs and repairing broken railings and wobbly newel posts. […]
The DIY mentality has taken hold of some who prefer to be buried on their own terms which typically means a home built coffin and a resting place on their personal property. One of the strangest businesses that has risen from this trend is the coffin maker whose work often […]
This build-it-yourself table by a first time furniture builder is one of the sharpest we’ve seen in a long time. The construction and craftsmanship look like that of an experienced builder. They explain the process which includes re-usable materials. This is a table built out of old pine & fir […]
@nakedapartments shared this quick and easy indoor terrarium project. It should take you less than an hour and cost about $20. Low investment for a unique and pretty addition to any room. Here’s what you need to get started.
Our planter box (above) didn’t come out quite as nice as we had hoped but next time we’ll be sure to follow these great instructions from Danny Lipford for building a patio planter. He recommends pressure treated pine and if you’ve got the right tools you could finish this project […]
There are a number of different ways to attach wood plans together. Some techniques are easier but less effective while other ways are more time consuming but create a more solid joint. The JessEm Zip Slot Mortise Mill from Woodcraft aims to make creating wood frame joints both easy and […]
A great goal this summer would be to finish your backyard projects this Spring so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor throughout the entire summer. But this means you have to get on your horse now and start cracking! Here are 10 backyard projects that take little […]
One of our favorite new home blogs is This Young House and their recent rain barrel project shows step-by-step how to find the barrel, make the spout, and position it properly in your yard. If you don’t have the time or inclination to monitor a rain barrel then you could […]
Craigslist flat out rules for finding all types of home furnishings and CasaSugar highlights a members how-to for making over her cabinet. This time, she’s made over an armoire she bought off of Craigslist for $100 with a can of paint and some chic door handles. First, she removed the […]
As news about the economy worsens we try to stay positive and focused on the expenses we can control. The outlook at big box retailers such as Home Depot and Lowes have not been good but that should translate into savings for homeowners looking to buy materials at a better […]
This project comes to us from Carlito’s Contraptions up on Montreal, Canada. He’s built an ingenious side table for the top sleeper of a bunk bed that allows a rigid platform to hold drinks, magazines, flashlights, etc., but can be folded back as not to be a hindrance to the […]
photo: Yaquina Bird houses are so 2008. Be bold and bring in the new year with a bat house. The fact that 1 brown bat can consume up to 1,000 mosquitoes per hour should be enough motivation to consider setting up a bat house.
Contemporary homes can make the best mountain cabins. Set deep into nature, their clean lines accentuate a wild setting.
It’s getting a bit cool for outdoor grilling but if you’re still up for it and live in a warm climate then BBQ is always an option. If you are need to get your grill on but have no grill why not build your own.
It’s never too early to introduce the next generation to the joys of DIY! A good way to start might be with a project from foldschool.