Tool Cubbies

Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

I am a slob. I always have been and there have been more than a handful of people who have tried to train it out of me. Some of it has helped, but my natural state is to live in a mess of organized chaos. I know where things are, even if to the average […]

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Kvass

Blog, Peace Corps, Recipes

Let’s take a few steps backward and talk about Peace Corps, it’s been a while and I’m feeling nostalgic. If we go back six years, I would be in the summer of my second year in Ukraine. Likely packing for baseball camp in Khmelnitsky or Camp Excite somewhere in Sumska Oblast. My days would be […]

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Butcher Block Countertop

Basement, Blog, Kitchen, Woodworking

Ellie and I have a habit of grabbing things off the side of the road. I think it originally started as my own habit and it spread to her by association. In college, my most notable object found on the side of the road was when I spied something on the underside of a large […]

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Arizona

Blog

Ellie and I have a love affair with Arizona. We went there a few years back after we had been dating for about a year because it seemed like a good place to go in the middle of January. It was and we fell in love with it but we hadn’t been back since. Whenever […]

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Finishing the Basement

Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

This is only the beginning. This is not a complete story. It’s a work in progress and a learning experience all in one. Aren’t the best projects always like that? We didn’t buy the cabin up north, but that same weekend we decided to improve the home we own. It was a part whim, part […]

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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 […]

February 28, 2018

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 […]

February 25, 2018

Bathroom Closet Shaker Doors


Bathroom, Blog, Home, Woodworking

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 […]

February 14, 2018

Christmas Ornaments


Blog, Home, Woodworking

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 […]

January 31, 2018

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


Recipes

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