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 make a lot of things, but the thing I’m best at making is a mess. The mess can usually be justified, by me, because I have a fairly good memory of where things are in the shop. However, I don’t live alone so I need to keep a cleaner shop in order to not […]
When a project is too big, I have a lot of trouble wrapping my mind around it. The biggest issue is where to get started or what to do next. Sometimes you think, I’ll just take care of this first but then you look at what needs to be done and realize some other task […]
It’s been two years since Ellie and I tied the knot. We did many things in that time and learned and grew as a couple. She is a wonderful woman who I wouldn’t wish to spend a day without. So how do you commemorate two years of marriage. I heard somewhere that the second anniversary […]
I like to think karma affects me. I like the concept that if you do good things, good things happen and vice versa. It keeps me honest. Sometimes the good things that happen aren’t directly related, but with a big enough pencil I can connect the dots. Nearly a year ago I was walking on […]
I like large, complex projects. There are many facets to them and I often learn or practice a whole host of skills to complete them. Once they’re done, I have this satisfying statement of a finished product. Sometimes, however, it’s good to work on a small scale. It helps me focus on the details. I […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Taking a step towards being the man who can fix and build anything we need, I purchased a 1950s ShopSmith 10ER.