Build-It-Yourself

Green Building a Garden Shed

Green Building a Garden Shed

After reading this nice review of our site from Green Gate Ranch Remodel, we took some time to peruse their site and found a couple of great projects that are documented in an easy to follow step by step process.

Build a Custom Dog House

Build a Custom Dog House

We just “rescued” a puppy from a family member who could no longer care for her and even though she’s a handful and we can no longer sleep in, we love her and are ready to start considering outside shelter for her in the form of a dog house. We’d […]

Build It Yourself: Potting Bench

Build It Yourself: Potting Bench

A potting bench for gardening is one of the best investments you can make in your yard.

Build It Yourself: Plate Rack

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 them on this DIY wooden plate rack.

Build It Yourself: Outdoor Deck with Rounded Corners

Build It Yourself: Outdoor Deck with Rounded Corners

There is nothing better than stepping outside and enjoying the outdoors on a summer day. A proper deck can make this experience even more serene but it achieving a deck that is both functional and stylish is sometimes difficult when all you see are square deck designs that aren’t always […]

Build It Yourself: Wheelchair Ramp

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 climb before reaching the door of our New York apartment. I never thought it was that bad until now. […]

Build It Yourself: Sign Table

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 structure is mostly plywood.

Build It Yourself: Garden Arbor

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 sitting in the shade in no time.

Plywood Kitchen Countertops

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 in furniture grade, veneer plywood that’s mounted onto your existing counter.

Build an Outdoor Shower

Build an Outdoor Shower

If you decide to build an outdoor shower its easier than you think. An outdoor shower can complement a pool or just be used as a way to rinse off so as not to track any dirt into the house after a day in the garden. Plus, in the summer […]

Keeping Wood High and Dry

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 easiest solutions are ceiling slings or wall racks that will keep your wood out of the way and in […]

Build It Yourself: Compact TV Stand

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 Woodworker is great when you only have a small spot for a TV in the playroom or bedroom.

Build Your Own Garden Box

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 garden box that only requires the use of a drill and procuring some redwood from your local lumber shop.

Review from Yestermorrow Design/Build School

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 architectural craft as well as courses in sustainable design.

Weekend Project: Building a Beehive

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 tasty honey to show for their efforts. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on their beehive building venture […]

The Industry Standard for Contractor Markup

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 22% is actually quite reasonable. Despite what people think or talk about there is no industry standard for pricing […]

Make a Mosaic Table for Spring

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 living room or outdoor furniture for your patio.

3D Workshops from Popular Mechanics

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 multiple angles as well as animate which gives you an exploded view of the project.

Antique a Mirror: Make the New Old

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 your budget, try making your own. There are a few different options for creating the perfect antiqued mirror–all for […]

How to Cut and Install Molding for an Interior Corner

How to Cut and Install Molding for an Interior Corner

Baseboard, chair rail, and crown molding not only hide seams and gaps where the floor and ceiling meet the wall, but, with the many designs available, they offer a finishing touch that can be humble or ornate. It is important, however, to take one’s time with molding, as to insure […]

Dovetail Joints the Easy Way

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.