DIY woodworking project: How to make a burnt wood checker board

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I call my woodworking, ‘workbench woodworking’ because I am not set up for the high-end stuff (I may be missing about 300% of the skill required too. However, I still love making things, so I try to keep them simple to match the tools I have and materials I love. … 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

What’s the best cordless drill for DIY and home improvement projects?

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This is a question I get asked from time-to-time: What’s the best cordless drill to get for DIY and home improvement projects? My answer usually isn’t a brand recommendation—there are lots of really top notch tools out there. Instead, what I usually recommend is to buy a certain type of … see more

MyFixitUpLife’s Father’s Day Gift Guide for DIY Dads

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Check out MyFixitUpLife’s Father’s Day Gift Guide for the DIY dad in your life. Or just for cool gear that gets work done. I love storage. Smart, versatile organized tool and gear storage. Why? Probably because I have an equal and opposite disdain for looking for stuff. I’m really digging … see more

Ryobi Blogger Build-Off & winning life with Restaurant Impossible’s Tom Bury

Tom Bury - Party Station - Ryobi - MyFixitUpLife

Spend 5-minutes with the Spock to Robert Irvine’s Captain Kirk of Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible and you’ll see that general contractor Tom Bury is winning life. He’s also the ring leader for Ryobi Tools’ Blogger Build-Off with internet breaking DIY bloggers like Ana White, Homemade Modern and Shanty2Chic. And he … see more

Reciprocating Saw: Not just for demolition

Recip Saws

We revved up 5 cordless reciprocating saws and found something for everyone—from power performers to stripped-down versions for beginners.  In the grip of a strong-handed professional, a reciprocating saw is mainly associated with one thing: demolition. But in the hands of a strong-minded pro, one who knows that old houses are … see more

Cordless Reciprocating Saws Tested

We revved up 5 cordless recip saws and found something for everyone—from power performers to stripped-down versions for beginners. By Mark Clement | Photos by Andrew Bydlon & MyFixItUpLife In the grip of a strong-handed professional, a reciprocating saw is mainly associated with one thing: demolition. But in the hands of a strong-minded pro, one … see more

Fall lawn care: Fertilizers, mowers, backpack blowers, and more

Ryobi BP42 Fall lawn care.

Fall lawn care can bring the lawn to life next season and be a great opportunity to clean up messes. Here are some tips on buying and using a backpack blower. Why even bother buying a backpack blower? The reason we have one: power. And it’s easy to use in … see more

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