Cheap, DIY Shop Walls to Protect from Disk Sander Dust

Basement, Blog, Home

I have a problem with dust. Not the type of dust that shows up on your shelves one day nor the type you write in. In my case, the dust is created by my disk sander in my shop and it coats everything uncovered in the basement. That's why I put together these cheap, DIY […]

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Owning a Home – One Year In

Basement, Bathroom, Blog, Home, Kitchen, Outside

Has it really been a year since this whole process started? According to the closing documents, it has. It’s hard to believe Ellie and I have owned a home for a whole year now and we haven’t broken down in tears or buried ourselves in mountains of debt. I’d argue we aren’t even barely keeping […]

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Homemade wood business card holder

Blog, Woodworking

Since I’ve joined the rat race many years ago, I’ve collected a mass of business cards from the different jobs I’ve held. For the longest time, they seemed like such a treat to see my name officially on a piece of paper to hand out to other people. To me, it was an extra sign […]

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Free Antique Bench Grinder

Basement, Blog, Woodworking

Okay, I know I wrote about how I don’t think collecting trash is a great idea in my post last week about my DIY Chalkboard, but this week I have another story about someone else’s trash becoming my treasure. This time I came across a free antique bench grinder, and I knew I had to […]

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Shaker Door Build Video

Bathroom, Blog, Home, Woodworking

I put together a shaker door build video for the Bathroom Closet Shaker Doors I built recently. This is my first attempt at filming one of my projects. Let me know what you think. If you’d like to see more of these videos, let me know. They’re not my strong suit, yet, but I had […]

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Kitchen Table

Blog, Home, Kitchen, Woodworking

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 […]

January 24, 2018

Paczki Recipe


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

January 21, 2018


Blog, Cats

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 […]

January 9, 2018

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

January 2, 2018

Installing the Dishwasher

Blog, Home, Kitchen, Woodworking

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 […]

December 20, 2017

On work


If you say, "The current job I have is everything I ever wanted," life becomes just so much more straightforward." -Sataya Nadella

December 1, 2017

Slowly Making a Home

Blog, Home, Woodworking

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 […]

October 27, 2017