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Projects, fun stuff, etc.

This Old Fixer-Upper, part 4: the Bedrooms

The upstairs bedrooms where the first rooms to get the renovation they so badly needed and deserved. 

IKEA Hack: Using IVAR for an Open Wardrobe System

We're so happy with our IVAR open wardrobe system from IKEA, but we had to "hack" it first!

ivar ikea hack wardrobe stain paint cloths hanger

How to build a woodworking workbench and tablesaw outfeed table

For all the woodworking projects going on during the home renovation, I needed super solid wood bench. I also needed a solid support and outfeed table for my small tablesaw. Here's how I built it.

How to install tongue and groove panels on a ceiling

For my This Old Fixer-Upper project, we decided to cover the plaster ceiling with pine tunque-and-groove panels rather than try to scrape off the wallpaper and paint the ceiling. The original plan was to use 4' x 8' sheets of panels that looked like tongue-and-groove boards painted white, but we found the actual stuff at Menards for only a little bit more money per square foot. A pretty good deal I thought. All of the materials cost me a little over $400, including the brad nails, paneling adhesive, polyurathane, etc. 

how to install pine tungue-and-groove boards paneling on ceiling

This Old Fixer Upper, part 3: Garden and Landscaping

With nothing but grass growing in the 1/3-acre yard - and massive amounts of perrenial flowers surrounding the house that we had no idea about until spring - we had a big canvas to do whatever we wanted with. I wanted lots of trees! And a big garden! No, bigger than a garden. A food forest! At least that was the plan.

This Old Fixer-Upper, Part 2: Structural, behind-the-wall stuff.

In this episode of This Old Fixer-Upper, Danny does electrical, HVAC, insulation... and then, tragedy strikes [not really]. All this and more, coming up!

How to remove bark from live edge walnut slabs

I was gifted some walnut slabs. Actually, the truth is, my friend didn't want them and threw them into a bonfire, and before the flames could devour them I pulled them out and loaded them onto my trailer. You see: he considered them to be waste because they're not flat on both sides. One side is flat and the other is nothing but live edge bark. It's the side of the tree trunk, basically. But I knew that they were not trash, I knew I could find some sort of creative use for them. So I stowed them in my workshop, and waited for an idea to spring to mind. Then, one night while lying awake in bed unable to sleep, it hit me. I knew exactly what I would use these for—and you'll have to continue reading to find out. ;)

Project This Old Fixer-Upper. Part 1: demolition!

Surprise! We bought a house! Overall I think it's a very very good starter home for a couple like us. It's a fixer upper, however, but it will be a great fixer-upper for first-time fixer upper-ers. 

fixer upper house demolition

Walnut & Oak finish comparison: Boiled linseed oil (BLO) vs. Tru-Oil, plus rottenstone grain filler

http://amzn.to/2nbJH6TI'm getting ready to finish some walnut live-edge slabs and I wanted to test some different finishes and techniques on a scrap piece first. 

walnut wood oil finish with rottenwood grain filler test comparison

DIY coffee table made out of pallet wood

I made a coffee table!

Here's how I did it...

diy coffee table made with old pallet wood, homemade and hand made