Attention Wood Workers: Make a ‘River’ Table

by DIY Maven

Attention Wood Workers: Make a ‘River’ Table

Check out this Travelland River Table from UrbanPeel. The description says that the river ‘continually’ flows across the table’s top, which leads me to believe there’s a pump hidden underneath to make the water continually flow. Cool, huh? What’s not cool is the price: $4,320. But I’m thinking you could make something that mimics it for a fraction of the cost. How about cutting your choice of wood (or plywood?) to reflect the wavy ‘banks’ of the...

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Power Tools 101: Power Sanders.

by Chris Gardner

No matter how great the payoff, sanding is no fun…kinda like exercising, tweezing your eyebrows, or studying for final exams.

Electric sanders don’t make the process any more fun, but they will speed it up. And with prices under $100, they because a very useful tool for the homeowner and ambitious DIYster.

Power Tools 101: Power Sanders.
Sanding. Techinically, sanding doesn’t make wood smoother, it makes it uniformly rough: abrasives in sandpaper make tiny cuts in the wood...

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15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

by Chris Gardner

Proper care of hardwood floors can be difficult under the everyday trample of a family and pets. Preserving the natural beauty of hardwood keeps your home looking crisp and is a crucial part of maintaining your investment and your home's value.

15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

1. Get to know your specific type of flooring and finish, and rely on the manufacturers instructions whenever available.

2. Research the proper care for your particular finish. For example, never use paste...

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Power Tools 101: Circular Saws.

by Chris Gardner

The circular saw is perfect when portability is crucial. At home, provided it you use it safely, it makes an ideal first power saw, as it can do both rip cuts and cross cuts, and will continue to find uses in woodworking and DIY applications.

 

Power Tools 101: Circular Saws.

 


Size and Blades.
The standard blade size for a corded circular saw is 7 1/4”, though there’s at least one 9 5/8” model. Cordless saws are generally smaller, and come in 5 3/8” and 6 1/2”. The choice is up...

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Make a Paper Towel Dispenser for Your Workspace or Craftroom.

by Chris Gardner

I've eliminated wasteful use of paper towels in nearly every aspect of my life- except in a few instances when working on projects...if anyone has a better way to clean up oil-based stains or epoxy spills, please let me know.

So, one the rare occassions that they're necessary, they might as well look sharp and be available, so I built this paper towel dispenser. I used wood from my scrap bin, so it didn't cost me anything, but it could definately...

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Power Tools 101: The Cordless Drill/Driver

by Chris Gardner

No matter which sort of DIY projects are your forte, eventually you’ll need to drill a hole in them and screw them to something else. Enter the Cordless Drill/Driver, the telltale trophy of the true Do-It-Yourselfer, and most people’s entrance into the world of power tools.

Power Tools 101: The Cordless Drill/Driver

    When looking to purchase your first drill, or when updating or augmenting an old standby, the number one rule is to buy what you need, or what you think you might need...

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Power Tools 101: The Right Tool for the Job.

by Chris Gardner

Types of Power Tools. Some say there are two basic groups of power tools: professional and homeowner. It’s more helpful to think of power tools in four categories: light use, DIY, contractor, and high-end. Of course, there’s plenty of overlap, and no particular manufacturer makes tools in only one category.

 

Power Tools 101: The Right Tool for the Job.

 

    • Light use tools are those designed for light-duty, occasional use around the home: assembling furniture, hanging blinds or artwork, minor...

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Finished with finishing!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Ever wonder what happened to those Fix-It videos? I do. It has been ages since we got up the energy to put one together! But that doesn't mean we haven't been fixing things.

For the last two weeks we've been refinishing our woodwork, and let me tell you, it would've made a great Fix-Its video. Alas, the work was gruelling and left little energy for videography. I'll try to post some before/after and process pics laster on. But for now, here's the...

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How to: Distressing Wood With Vaseline

by DIY Maven

How to: Distressing Wood With Vaseline

If you’re looking to get that distressed, painted a few times Shabby Chic look, here’s a fun and easy way to accomplish it.

Supplies

Two colors of latex paint. One will be your peek-a-boo, underneath color and the other will be your primary color.

Vaseline, but a light-colored candle will work too.

Steel wool.

Water-based polyurethane, if the piece will get wear.

Steps

First sand your piece, if necessary, and then put on a few coats of...

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The Woody Side of Modern

by DIY Maven

The Woody Side of Modern

Brent Comber, artist and ‘fourth generation Vancouverite’ creates ‘art that blend[s] the natural shapes and materials of the Pacific Northwest with a modern urban aesthetic.’ Those materials--recycled and reclaimed cedar, Douglas fir and maple--are generally not associated with modern interiors; however, Brent’s use of them confirms the glorious versatility of wood–even the rustic variety.

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More Puzzling Floors

by DIY Maven

More Puzzling Floors

A few weeks ago we had puzzle carpet, now we have puzzle wood flooring. Puzzle Floor™ pieces are made of 5/8" solid northern hardwood which ‘is precision-manufactured...to allow for perfect alignment and fit.” The 13" x 13" squares are available in 13 different colors, and according to the company’s website, installation sounds DIY-able. I just have one question about this sudden influx of puzzle flooring. Why just floor applications? Why not...

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How to: DIY Tortilla Press

by Chris Gardner

“Mexican food without corn tortillas is like Chinese food without rice…The centrality of corn tortillas in Mexico may come as a surprise…, since many of us north of the border don’t choose corn tortillas with our Mexican food. The reason: We may have never eaten a good fresh one- a just-made one. Corn tortillas…are at their peak for only a few hours after they’re made.” (From Bayless, Rick. Mexico: One Plate at a Time [New York: Scriber Press...

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How To: Make a DIY Box Joint Jig

by Chris Gardner

Today we're learning how to make a box joint jig. Read on to learn how! 

Box joint, aka finger joints

Box joints, also called finger joints or comb joints, are really quite strong and have an attractive, handmade appeal which looks good on, well, everything.

And you're welcome to cut and chisel each one by hand...but, with this easy jig, you don't have to, and unless you're a purist, there's no reason not to crank them out by the dozens. This is designed for a...

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