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 […]
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. […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Cutting dovetail joints is one of the essential skills of any woodworker, but lining up the pins and tails can be challenging.
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 never thought you had the room for, don’t give up until you’ve read this article from DoItYourself.com.
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 our present home, one of our bathrooms had a beveled-edge, frameless mirror. It’s not necessarily the most attractive look […]
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 same time an energy saver. Now maybe it’s easier to go out and buy a drying rack for yourself, […]
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 bricks and stones add up! For smaller jobs, a viable alternative is going the faux route using molds and […]
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 occurrence befall you. But even better, it gives you a great idea for some wall art that you probably […]
Is something missing in your bedroom? Or maybe your current headboard is old but you just haven’t gotten around to throwing it out. Here’s a DIY headboard project that’ll refresh any look, whether you’re looking for a standard headboard or one a little on the wild side.