Category Archive: Posts by Material

Nov 22 2015

Building a Deck

We needed something to replace the old concrete stoop for our front door, so I decided to build a deck to replace it. We had the contractor remove the stoop when he was removing our old sidewalk and driveway. It was cracked and people had to step backwards down the steps when we opened our door. …

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Nov 06 2015

Making Valances for Our Bedroom Windows

Over on ToolGuyd, I reviewed the Woodpeckers X-Mat Deluxe kit 1. One of the projects I used the X-Mat system for was to make some valances for our bedroom. In the summer, it is really hard to sleep past 6 am in the morning because the sun comes out and is very bright in …

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Jul 27 2015

Using Zip Ties to Secure Pegboard Hangers

I’ve read in many places that you can just use zip ties to secure pegboard hangers that have a tendency to pull out. What I never see is how the heck you actually accomplish this. So what my little slide show demonstrates is one very easy way to grab the end of the zip tie …

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Jul 22 2015

Finishing a Rustic Cherry Mirror

When I reviewed the DelVe square for ToolGuyd, I started to build a mirror frame using the square. I never showed the final steps and the finished product because it wasn’t relevant to the review. So this post takes over where that post …

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Jul 06 2015

New Bathroom Cup

A few years ago I made a small bathroom cup on my lathe. I turned it from a glued up block of maple, purple heartwood, and walnut. The cup lasted me about a year and a half and then the glue failed. I had used Titebond to glue the blank together …

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Jun 11 2015

Down Draft Table

When I wrote the post for ToolGuyd — Project: Making a T-Track Table Top on a Budget, a commenter said he wanted more information about my down draft table. Turns out I never posted the project here. I built this several years ago so the assembly pictures are from then and the assembled …

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Mar 27 2015

Breaking Down A Laminate Sheet With A Utility Knife

I have an upcoming project where I want a nice smooth surface that glue and other sticky materials will peel off easily. I’ve previously used pre-cut 30×48″ sheets of ugly patterned laminate for this purpose, because I didn’t care too much what the end product looked …

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Feb 26 2015

Making a Cornice out of Crown Molding

When we replaced the exterior windows and doors in our family room, I trimmed the door out with a fluted casing and a cornice made out of crown molding. Now that we remodeled our family room, I wanted to trim out the double doors into the …

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Feb 18 2015

Treehouse Bed

My son’s treehouse bed is possibly the largest, most complex project I have attempted. It took over a year to complete. After planning and partially building this project, I discovered the finished pieces wouldn’t fit out the door. This set me back several months as I tried to …

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Jan 30 2015

My Son’s Scrap Bin Imperial Shuttle

Isaac's Wooden Imperial Shuttle

My kids love my shop. I’ve always told them they can use any materials they want as long as they give me a drawing of what they want to do. My scrap bin is the exception, they can dig through it and use anything they find without asking. So of course …

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