Sassyhacksaws

Musings on an English Degree
Hello!

I'm Danny Zawacki. When my wife and I bought a 1950s ranch house in Madison, WI, I didn't see it as a story to tell right away. However, as the projects started happening the story started to develop and I wanted to share it with you.

I was born in the eighties and raised as a nineties kid. My goal, however, is to be an enterprising and DIY man right out of the 1950s. I buy old tools and I put them to use fixing up my old home. Come along for the journey?

Build this!

Recent Posts

Bathroom closet doors opened

Bathroom Closet Shaker Doors

When I started the bathroom closet conversion project, I knew I needed to build a custom door for the closet and I knew I wanted to create shaker doors, but I didn't know I'd need to build two. The original plan was to build a single door to cover the old shower space in our […]

Bathroom closet painted installed shelves

Bathroom Closet Conversion

Another DIY bathroom renovation project has been taken care of. In this entry, I turned our spare shower into a closet to store all of our bathroom supplies.

On Arguments

There is nothing worse than a drunk argument when everybody is sober.

Wood turned Christmas ornament, elm

Christmas Ornaments

One of the appealing features of a ShopSmith is that it can be used as a lathe. For the longest time, I had been wanting to try my hand at turning things on a lathe but didn't know anyone who had one to use. All of a sudden, I had one of my own and […]

Two-person Kitchen Table Build 3

Kitchen Table

Tables seem to be the focus of many of the home makeover shows out right now. The trend is to prefer handmade tables that are large and stately and can seat your extended family with ease. That's great, I'd love to have one but I wouldn't have anywhere to put it nor would I really […]

Pazcki

Paczki Recipe

Because Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Paczki Day is coming up soon, I thought I'd post the recipe I have for making homemade paczki. They're time consuming, but totally worth it. Freshly made batch of pazcki. Ingredients 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup sugar 1 envelope yeast 3 egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 Tablespoon grated […]

ShopSmith 10ER

ShopSmith

Taking a step towards being the man who can fix and build anything we need, I purchased a 1950s ShopSmith 10ER.

Marley old and sick

Marley

It started ten years ago when I was young and foolish and invincible. My brother had two cats but no longer wanted one of them. He offered her to me. I asked him what was wrong with her, why would he give me a cat with no strings attached. He said there was nothing wrong […]

On Frankenstein

I have been the author of unalterable evils and I lived in daily fear lest the monster whom I had created should perpetrate some new wickedness. -Dr. Victor Frankenstein

Dishwasher Install 2

Installing the Dishwasher

I found one of those things I didn’t realize how much I’d miss it until it was actually gone. That thing is a dishwasher.   The first half of my childhood, we didn’t have a dishwasher. We took turns washing the dishes by hand and putting them away. I enjoyed washing them, but it was […]