March 12, 2012

The (Kreg) Jig is Up! How you can start building furniture now, even if you're a noob.

One Jig to Rule Them All

Hot tool helps newbies build fantastic furniture  


Stephanie Reavis' beautiful cabinet constructed with a Kreg Jig


As spring sneaks in, it’s fun to go through each room in your house and create a punch list of things you’d like to change, add or replace.  The list can hold all of the items that bug you, from minor to major, not including relatives.  

Don’t hold back; put everything down on that list, from faucet repairs to paint jobs to pictures that no longer give you a happy feeling.  If there’s anything you see that messes with your well being - ping! (magic wand sound effect) - it goes on the list.  

If your list reveals lots of holes in the furnishings department, don't be bummed.  It’s never been easier to build stuff.  And try not to feel overwhelmed if you've got a long list; here are a few of my must-builds for comparison:  

  • pine recycling center for the kitchen
  • wainscoting in basement
  • big framed whiteboard for the home office
  • computer hutch for the kitchen
  • matching nightstands for the master bedroom
  • built-in cabinets and shelves for the master bedroom
  • floor-to-ceiling bookshelves for the den
  • window bench in the guest room
  • bed frame and headboard for the guest room
  • storage benches in the mudroom 
  • storage shelves for dumbbells in the workout room
  • built-in storage for the laundry room
  • tool storage shelves and boxes in the workshop

So, what are the chances of any of these projects actually getting built, whether in your house or mine? 

Pretty darn good.  Even if your desire level is way higher than your budget.  

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March 05, 2012

Sugru Subterfuge at IKEA!

Sometimes you just have to help giant manufacturers out with a few hacks to their displays...


Tutorial to make a penny-tiled floor


Love this fearless tutorial on how to apply and grout pennies to make a cool looking floor

February 15, 2012

That's My Letter: "P" is for Personalize


Want to know how to personalize stuff perfectly on wood? This lovely blogger has figured it out.  Hint: Think pointy.

February 14, 2012

Homemade Headboard


Cool tutorial for a headboard made from steel pipe and connectors

February 10, 2012

How to cut wine bottles


I'm weirdly attracted to this whole wine-bottle-cutting-in-half movement.

February 03, 2012

Reclaimed wood ideas


I'm a sucker for reclaimed anything and these wood/tree/driftwood/branch/chair designs at the International Design Show 2012, as reported by, are inspiring.

Use rubber bands to keep clothes on the hanger


Freakishly simple fix for the problem of closet-floor Trail Mix.

February 01, 2012

Under the Sink Storage by Pink Toes and Power Tools


Ingenious method for stabilizing those twisted wonky dollar-store plastic bins - force 'em into shape with runners created from strips of MDF.

January 26, 2012

Recycled paper basket | Design*Sponge


Anyone else remember learning to sew in Home Ec using paper templates with a spiral pattern (and shrieking as you went off course at full speed)?

Well, sewing on paper just came back in a big way. This is a cool improvised basket constructed from packing paper sewn into lengths with black thread.


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