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 […]
I think we are finally past the wintry weather in Wisconsin. At least I hope so because recently I planted the garden for the year. In one fell swoop, I put the fate of my harvest in hands of nature. Oh lord, what have I done? This time last year, planting was much more of […]
I’m not the most precise gardener. I like to let things grow their own way. Weeds happen, and I pull them as needed. But once the plants are in the ground, I do my best to keep them from dying but it’s a day-to-day process. One of my friends, Geoff, keeps all the data on […]
One of the many things that came up in our home inspection prior to closing on the house was that the garage was in need of some love. More specifically, the home inspector told us that it was built using methods not up to modern day levels of quality craftsmanship and he didn’t know how […]
When Ellie found the $5 MCM end table at Goodwill and asked me to refinish it, I got a bit giddy. I really enjoy refinishing old pieces of furniture and bringing new life into them. It started years ago when I bought an old radio and fixed it up for Ellie as a Christmas present. […]
Sometimes, things just were meant to be and you don’t question the why or the how. That’s just the way it is. When it comes to restoring a mid-century modern end table my wife found at Goodwill, I didn’t question the why or the how. I just knew I needed to do it. Let me […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
There is nothing worse than a drunk argument when everybody is sober.
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 […]