DIY woodworking projects: Make a vase / candle holder from reclaimed lumber

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I call woodworking projects I make with regular carpentry tools ‘workbench woodworking’. I call working with 100-plus year old 3×10 lumber AWESOME! So what else would I make with honkin’ huge lumber? A flower vase, naturally. It’s diesel and the first cut is with a circular saw. This build is … see more

Outsmart your Spring cleaning blues with these simple tips and tools

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Got the I-don’t-want-to-do-this Spring cleaning blues? Check out these tips and tools to make life easier when you just can’t live with the built-up gunk any more. Half the effort of Spring cleaning for me is just hopping the psychological hurdles of doing something I’d rather not do. Another big … see more

Pallet projects: I made this jewelry box for my daughter

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I love pallet projects. And I love my daughter, so I made this special box just for her.  My daughter is growing up. Quickly. And, newsflash: I’m not perfect, despite having a DIY website. I know, seems hard to believe (it’s hard to believe, right?). I’m divorced from my daughter’s … see more

Tips for finishing drywall: Use the drywall knife for more than compound.

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Lots of people make the same mistakes—me included—finishing drywall. Typically, we: – Use too much joint compound. Joint compound (sometimes called ‘spackle’ or ‘mud’ in the trades) is the paste applied to the wall and it’s easy to use too much of it. – Try to get it too perfect … see more

Hers & His pallet ideas: We upcycled these old chairs into his/hers benches

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Theresa’s pallet ideas are always more awesome than I think they’re going to be. For this project, she re-imagined two extra-boring chairs into exciting hers and his benches. There are lots of design options for how to finish the edges. Theresa wanted a clean look so I matched the existing … see more

Door jamb – ed — Tools, tips, techniques for how to trim a door

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How hard can it be to add three pieces of wood to a door jamb? Um…Check this video to see how I trim a door (and window) opening on a remodeling project. Surprisingly, the apparently simple and the actually simple are often not the same thing. So in this video, … see more

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