Soldered copper pipe coat rack: I call the look “Mad Mod”

copper pipe coat rack

I took a chance with this copper pipe coat rack design. And I’m glad I did. Somwhere between woodworking and plumbing and design, it was touch and go there for a few minutes. Note: We’re proud to say we’re Torchbearers and partnered with Bernzomatic to produce this post. The DIY, … see more

DIY woodworking project: How I made a burnt wood checkerboard

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Here’s the story of my woodworking afternoon to create a DIY checkerboard. I call my kind of woodworking ‘workbench woodworking’ because I am not set up for super high-end projects. However, I still love making things, so I try to keep them simple to match the tools I have and the materials … see more

A Clockwork Clement: Make a clock with found items, including inspiration

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When I set out to make a clock, it also appears I set out to make every woodworking mistake imaginable. Come along on my journey of minor calamity and you too could have a clock of your own. I’ll edit out the mistakes.  Quick Note: We are Bernzomatic Torchbearers (I … see more

Thor’s croquet set. Thunderous DIY and woodworking suprisingly satisfying

croquet set

If Thor had a croquet set, he’d have this one. Big. Bad. Burned. And ready to bring the thunder. Want one of your own—YES—here’s how I made it. I started with the mallets and the straightest, tightest grain Douglas fir 4×4 I could find at Home Depot. After cutting the … see more

Workbench woodworking projects: Wood and copper pipe bathroom towel holder

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I love woodworking projects that blend materials. This one combines wood and copper to create a bathroom towel holder. This is for a hand towel in the bathroom. To fit the space and look sufficiently sized, I cut each length of the square 6 1/2-inches. My woodworking projects—even when I’m … see more

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

Pallet projects: I made this jewelry box for my daughter

pallet projects

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

Man cave bathroom design project: Make a burnt-wood bath mat

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There are a million man cave design ideas and projects out there. And this is one of them. Few, however, are finished with fire. Made from two of my favorite things to design with—wood and fire—I think this bath mat is a fun way to get a coolness into the … see more

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