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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Farmhouse Snack Bar - Buffet

This easy to make snackbar is a great addition to any kitchen eating area where there are never enough seats to go around.  It's wide enough to eat at and its perfect homework. Placed right where you can keep your eye on your crew! Only a small space is required so put it on any blank wall that you might have and then invite the neighbor kids over for lunch.  Its strong enough to dance on but don't tell your kids that!

Materials:                                             Cost: $48.00           
3-8ft. 4X4's
1-8ft. 2X8 
2-8ft. 2x2's
3- 5/16in. lag screws 6 inches long
3- 5/16 washers   
1-small box of 3 in. deck screws  
1-small box of 2 1/2 in. deck screws





Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday's Tip

For all of us who don't have x-ray vision, locating a stud in the wall can be a little tricky.  There are the methods of yester-year....thump on the wall and when it "sounds" solid you have found the stud.  Look at the trim on the baseboard and determine where they nailed it...that is probably where the stud is.

Today's more modern solution is to use a stud finder.  They come in all varieties and range in price accordingly.  The basic stud finder beeps when it detects a solid object within the wall.

There are stud finders that;
1.  Locate the center of the stud.
2.  Locate any electric line within the wall
3.  Locate the stud with a deep sweep mode (for thick walls)
4.  Do all of the above and provide a laser level and 90 degree function for hanging things straight

So you get the idea that you find a modern stud finder that will suit almost any need.  Let me share a technique if you have a very basic stud finder.  First you hold the stud finder against the wall and hold down the button on the side.  After the initial beeping it is ready to be slid in the direction of the stud.  It will beep again when it finds the stud.....but wait there is more.  Take a pencil and make a very light mark on the wall that you can erase later.  That is just the side of the stud.  Now move the stud finder to the other side about 6 inches.  Hold down the button a second time and make a sweep from the other side.  It will beep again....take out that trusty pencil and make a light mark there too.  Now you have truly located that stud within the wall.  The typical stud is 1 and 1/2 inches wide and so should your two pencil marks.

Monday, October 1, 2012

How to Build a Farmhouse Table



Dad's notes: Our country farm table and bench is an unkillable sturdy combination you must have for a growing family.  Make it as big as you want so that when all the relatives come over there is still a spot for you to collapse after a long day's work.  Inspired by Restoration Hardware Salvage Wood Farmhouse Collection.  Check it out here.

Material List               

5 – 2” x 12” - 8 feet long
2 – 4” x 6”   - 8 feet long
2 – 4” x 4”   - 8 feet long
6 – 2” x 4”   - 8 feet long
One small box of 3” deck screws (coated i.e. primeguard at Home Depot)
or 3” decorative screw if screwing from the top (will be exposed to your eye)
or 3” screws with a flat head (used when you don’t want any screws showing)
one tube of PL Premium by Loctite
caulk gun

Material Cost $123.00 as of September 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Corbel Entry Table

This Restoration Hardware-inspired entry way table will be the talk of your home for a fraction of the cost.  This table can be finished with either a wooden top or a beveled glass top. We have used a combination of a stained wooden top and a shabby chic finish on the Corbels below.  Use your imagination and have fun making it yours.  We have included a link to a PDF pattern for the Corbels in the instructions below.


Material Needed             Material Cost $85

3 - 2 x 12's 12 feet long
1 small can of stain
1 small can of clear or semi-gloss polyacryllic
1 small tube of PL Premium
caulk gun
wire wheel drill attachment

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Super Hero Bed




"Dad's" note: Every kid wants to be a super hero so why not make this fun easy bed with a hidden fort underneath ? The slide made out of melamine makes a quick get away when your super hero is fighting crime.  Extremely sturdy to hold as many heros as you can fit on the bed, this is a must have!  Background Super Hero painting done on a $21 hollow core door by my wife (check out her creativity at gramma allie etsy shop).  Inspired by Michael B. Myers Jr. posters.

Material List                           Cost $150.00
7 – 2” x 4” 8 foot long
2 sheets of ¾” MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
1 sheet of ½” plywood
1 – 2” x 6” 8 foot long
1 – 2” x 8” 8 foot long
1 tube of PL Premium (Loctite)
Caulk gun
6 – 4” lag screws 5/16” in diameter and washers
1 piece of melamine shelving 8 foot long
one small box of 16 penny nails or 3” deck screws
Note:  I used a router to round all of the edges and sanded everything before securing it.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Living Room Shelf



Dad's note: This awesome easy to make rustic wall shelf is strong enough to hold anything you can store on it.  Cool by itself or purchase corbels for a fancier look, either way your family room will be looking good with this addition.

Material list                            Material Cost = $43.00 not including corbels
2 – 2” x 12” 8 feet long
1 – 2” x 8” 10 feet long
1 – 2” x 4” 8 feet long
4 – 4” long 5/16 lag screws
4 - 5/16 washers
one small box of deck screws

Monday, September 3, 2012

Farmhouse Bench



Dad's note: Can you believe how cheap and easy it is to make this Country bench for your family? And when the kids bring everybody and their dog over for lunch everyone of them can squeeze into this bench.  Now you can sit across the table out of the reach of all those peanut butter hands.  Also note how easy it is to clean (no cracks this basic design). 
Material List - Estimated Cost = $50

One – 2” x 4” x 8’
Two - 2” x 8” x 8’
One - 4” x 4” x 8’
One - 4” x 6” x 8’
Two - 10” - ¼” Bolts or threaded rod
Four - ¼” Washers
Two -  ¼” Nuts (4 nuts for threaded rod)
One small box of 3” deck screws