Wednesday, November 28, 2012

More Magnetic Boards


I wanted to show you a few more magnetic boards.  The red one above is just a simple 1 x 4 wooden frame I built with the sheet metal screwed to its back.

Remember to take a magnet along with you to check your metal before you purchase it.


The board below is a store bought frame with a piece of sheet metal cut to fit where a picture would normally go.  You can get all of the details from Cheri's post HERE


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Magnet Board


Now that your refrigerator is stainless where do you hang all of those beautiful works of art or important reminders?  You can purchase one of these for $400 or make one for $65....you decide.

Material List                     
Two 8 foot 2x6's
Two 8 foot 2x4's
Two 8 foot pieces of crown moulding
One 2 foot by 4 foot piece of galvanized metal sheeting
Screws
Decorative Iron work (Optional)

Material Cost $65

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bathroom Shelf




Material List;                                              Material Cost $45

1 4x8 sheet of Luan
4 2x8 8 ft. long
1 box of 3 in. screws
6 ft. of trim board
1 1x2 8 ft.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Wooden Snowman




This snowman is easy to make for yourself, family or neighbors.  My wife and I ( I cut and she adds her fantastic art ability) have made two different versions.  The first version has a broom for hanging treats, while the second has a light to warm your heart and brighten any spot in your home.  And you thought I made only big stuff!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday Tip



How do I select the right size drill when I want to pre-drill a hole for a wood screw?

First you need to decide what you want the screw to do.  Below is a picture of a wood screw

If you want to just pre-drill a hole to put a screw in the wall to hold a picture you'll want to select a drill that is about the same diameter as the body of the screw minus the fins of the screw (as shown below)

This allows the fins of the screw to grip the wood without splitting it.  
If your purpose is to join to boards together you will want to drill two different size holes.  The first hole would be drilled with a drill sized exactly like the one above.  The piece of wood that will have the head of the screw in its final resting place should be redrilled with a larger drill.  This drill is sized to allow the drill to slip through the hole and only grab the second board.  The resultant affect is the cinching of the two boards together.  The picture below shows the proper select of this type of drill bit.  Note that the threads can't be seen as you view the thickest portion of the drill bit.


Another helpful wood join technique is to clamp the two boards together before you put in the screw.  This takes some of the work out of the effort for the screw.  If you are using a wood screw like the one shown above in our examples you can also use what is called a "rose bit" to allow for the counter sinking of the screw head.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Washing and Dryer Stand




This a less expensive alternative to the metal stands ($250 each) sold at appliance stores.  It is also possible to customize the height of the stand to fit your space perfectly.  The two stands shown in the pictures above are yes, one for my daughter and one for my wife.  The white base was made to match the style of my daughters home.  The open concept one was to increase storage in our laundry at home.  These are real back savers, you won't have to bend down to get things in or out of the washer or dryer.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Tip

How do I make a straight cut on a long board or sheet of plywood?

Well there are three methods.

1.  Have them cut it at home depot with their panel saw...it's free and it probably fits better in your car or truck any way.




2.  Use a saw guide that fits on your circular saw.  Most circular saws have a keyway for a saw guide to fit into its base.  My DeWalt circular saw didn't come with a guide so I headed to home depot to look for one.  The DeWalt one was nice but so was the price.  So I bought the generic brand that said it would fit my saw.  It did, perfectly, however, it didn't have the proper size set screw to hold the guide in place.  So as long as I was at the home depot I went over to the nuts and bolt department and looked in there thumbscrew collection and picked out a thumbscrew that looked like it should work.  Rather than taking it home to see if it fit my saw I headed back to the hardware department and tried it in their dewalt and saw.  The threads were the correct pitch and it worked like a charm.  To use this bad boy you just set it for the width you want to cut and use it on the side of the board to guide you down the length of your cut.  It's really handy and a lot cheaper than a table saw.

3.  The poor mans saw guide is a 2 x 4 clamped to the board you want to cut in a straight line, just account for the base width of your circular saw and use the board as a guide as you move your saw down the material you are cutting.  You must keep a little bit of pressure against the 2 x 4 as you move along.


Tuesday Tip

How to avoid seeing chips on the finish side of your material.  

Simply turn your material over and cut from the back side.  As a circular saw cuts it cuts from under the material to the top.  If you have your material with the finished side down the resulting cut will be chip free on the finish side of your material.  One caution, make sure you protect the finish side of the board you are going to cut.  Put something down to prevent scratching or marring the surface during cutting.
See a related post as it relates to cutting straight lines here.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Laundry Folding and Cubbies


Wouldn't you love to put more order in your laundry room? Here is the best way to do it in a small space.  Pick the size you want to build! It is fast, easy and you will be leaving in no time to purchase the baskets of your choice to monogram. The kids can finally find their clean clothes instead of bugging you. You never know, they may even carry them to their own room!  Okay, you can dream!!




Material List;                                 Material Cost $85 plus top

3 sheets of 3/4 in. x 23-3/4 in. x 97 in. white melamine shelving
1 box of 1-1/2 in. drywall screws

Choices for top (select one)
1.  4 ft. Formica top  add $54
2.  Melamine for top add $27 (this is the same material and in addition to the 3 sheets above. We use a double thickness for a melamine top)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Farmhouse Chevron Table


Dad's Notes: This table was a request from a daughter who loves anything chevron.  It is basically the farmhouse table (see previous post) with a much fancier top.  There is no question that your friends and neighbors will be wanting one.  

Materials Needed:                               Cost:  $200

2-4X6 8ft. long
2-4X4 8ft. long douglas fir
8-2X4 8ft. long
12-1x4 8ft. #2 kiln dried whitewood boards
1-4X8 sheet of Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
2- tubes of PL Premium
Box of 3in. deck screws
Box of 1 1/2 inch screws
1 gallon of Minwax Polyurethane for floors semi-gloss

We start out with the same legs and base structure as detailed in the Farm House Table click here to get those instructions.