Sassyhacksaws

Musings on an English Degree

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DIY Chalkboard

DIY Chalkboard: From Trash to Treasure

Most of the time I reject the notion that someone else’s trash could be my treasure. I need to reject this notion because if I didn’t I would have a collection of things that I don’t really need. Occasionally, I let myself grab some trash from the side of the road but only if I […]

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.

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 […]

ShopSmith 10ER

ShopSmith

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

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 […]

On Being a Twentysomething

Ooh boy. This is one of those posts I knew I’d get to at some point but never really imagined it being here. The weird thing is that I knew exactly when it should be written. Today. I needed it out today because as of today, I am no longer in my twenties. In years […]

Toilet room - New wall

Slowly Making a Home

Sometimes home owning drags you down. You look up at the ceiling and wish you hadn’t seen the thing that needs to be fixed or you move something and find that the problem is bigger than you imagined. Sometimes you go into the basement to get the dog some breakfast and you realize the drain […]

Pile of free mulch

Mulch Ado About Nothing

Do you ever come across a website that offers to make your life better and you think, “Great, but this is too good to be true”? I’ve often come across these as ambitious startups offering something free or asking me to please give my email address for updates which never actually come. Well, when I […]