When you live in a small house or apartment, one big challenge you face is finding furniture to fit the scale of your space. I live in a compact two-bedroom with my fiancée, and furnishing it has been a slow process. Rather than being frustrated by how cramped it can feel, we try to cooperate with the space we have. That means rejecting the idea of a full-sized couch and opting for a larger loveseat. It means storing vertically and hanging what we can. It also means accepting the fact that our eating and living areas needs to share space. We weren't having any luck finding a small dining table, so I decided to build one instead.
Looking for an affordable and modern media console, but underwhelmed by your options? *cough IKEA cough* Don't despare! Get all your entertainment organization needs met with this awesome DIY media center!
I spotted this ridiculously awesome (and relatively easy) DIY furniture project the other day and thought, "Oh my goodness. The world must know of this!" And you are the world, dear Curbliers -- or we are, if Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie are to be believed.
While cameos and silhouettes of loved ones have been found in homes for, well, a long long time, they have recently made a comeback in more modernized forms - like this easy DIY plywood version!
If re-doing an entire floor in plywood seems a bit too ambitious, how about making a plywood rug? Mandy at Sugar Bee did just that. Now she has a carpet protector that beats anything Staples sells. Supplies
A few years ago, I went to a party held in the home of a former Minneapolis Institute of Arts dean. We guests gathered in his studio for the night's merriment. I'm always thrilled when entering such spaces as they invariably provide a creative jolt. In this instance, however, I wasn't only inspired by the art displayed throughout the space but also the flooring of the dean's studio. It was
Like many people living in the 'burbs, our kitchen counters boast that favorite of builder-grade materials: laminate. We desperately want to replace them with something more in line with our style (and budget) and have tossed around the idea of DIY concrete counters or going the IKEA butcher block route. But then I saw this: countertops made from plywood.
A custom, zero clearance insert plate for your table or band saw minimizes tearout and prevents those tiny bits from dropping into the blade throat. From Rockler.com, "A zero clearance insert is a substitute for the throat plate that came with your table saw. The opening in the insert is cut on the table saw to the exact width of the saw blade’s kerf, thereby preventing thin slices of wood from jamming in between the blade and the throat plate...
Plywood. It's good for nearly everything, including the kitchen counter. This how-to article from This Old House describes this easy, and significantly inexpensive option (could be less than $1 a square foot). The best part is, you don't even have to remove the old countertop to install it. Sure, it may not by high end exotic hardwood slabs, but it beats the pants off 80s pink or 90s hunter green laminate.
I try to keep up with Instructables, but with so much user submitted content, it doesn't always keep your attention. If I see one more "How to Hack a Coke Machine" or "How to Make a Notepasser Out of a Ballpoint Pen"....
And sometimes, there's some terrifically clever people posting some great stuff. This morning, user BarnabyGunning (I hope that's his real name) offered an awesome tutorial on making two tables from one sheet of 4'x8' plywood...
The plywood "tree," which really consists of four identical CNC-routed planes that fold together when not in use (and for ultra-efficient shipping), may not be quite as festive (and green, in color at least) as a more traditional tree...
I'm totally gonna make one of these: I dunno how, and I can't [yet] mold plywood, but it's gonna happen.
"Cocofruit teaches us how to play with the various weights and shapes of the fruit. You will be delighted to put them into it time and time again."