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  1. Garage Storage Ideas: Find Unused Space

    Create a huge, accessible storage platform on the upper walls of your garage without taking up any floor space. With these 2-ft. wide shelves you can make 150 square feet of storage space in a weekend.

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  1. How to Spray Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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    Instead of replacing your old kitchen cabinets, make them new by repainting them. With an inexpensive paint sprayer and a few gallons of paint you can transform your kitchen in a weekend.

  2. The Best Carpentry Tips and Advice

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    We asked professional carpenters to pass along some of the tricks and tips they've learned after years of pounding thousands of nails into just about anything made of wood. Read the following tips to benefit from their hardworking carpentry experiences.

  3. Folding Workbench

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    Build this solid, roll-around, folding workbench in a day with simple hardware and only two sheets of plywood.

  4. Chain Saw Safety

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    A chain saw is one of the most versatile tools you can own, but it cuts both wood and flesh equally well. Before you cut up a fallen tree, learn how to use this powerful tool safely.

  5. How to Install a Load-Bearing Beam

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    Open up cramped rooms by replacing a wall with a load-bearing beam. Create an open kitchen/dining area, a larger living room or a huge master bedroom using basic framing techniques and standard materials.

  6. How to Soundproof a Room

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    Cut down on the noise coming into—or going out of—your living area with these proven sound-dampening materials and techniques.

  7. How to Clean Paint Brushes

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    Good paint brushes are worth the money, whether you're painting with latex, oil or shellac. Here's how the pros clean up their expensive paint brushes.

  8. How To Build a Classic Floor-To-Ceiling Bookcase

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    Recreate the mid-19th century, Greek Revival period of American architectural history with this floor to ceiling hardwood bookcase.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Cool Houses - 14 Prefab Homes - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Prefabricated homes are increasingly popular for a variety of reasons, among them the relatively quick build time, the ecological advantages, and the flexibility they can provide across a range of budgets. As more and more people turn to this means of building a home, the results become more ...

  2. Cardboard Crafts – 11 Creative Ideas - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    While technology is constantly giving us new ways of doing things, there are some things that stubbornly stay the same. Take the good old cardboard box, for example: 90 percent of all products shipped in the United States are still sent using some type of cardboard packaging. So what do we do with ...

  3. 5 Home Repairs That Can Break the Bank (and How to Avoid Them)

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    FromBobVila.com

    A home is like a relationship—it requires a little bit of money and attention to keep it going strong. Neglect some e...

  4. Pirate Key Hook

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - woodworking - featured

    Here's Yar Keys!!! Materials used 1-3/4" brass cup hook1-#6 brass finish washer1-small brass screw eye1- 8" X 6" wood plaque (approx)1-picture hook2-screws for picture hook1-graphite paper (size of picture) 1-picture of a pirate1-woodburner tool Getting the pirate picture onto your wood. Once... By: mosspossum Continue Reading »

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Clean the Bathroom Like a Man

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    Men's Housekeeping Expert Tom McNulty demonstrates how to clean your bathroom in a snap.

  2. How to Install a Bathroom Lavatory

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    Jeff Wilson shows us how to install a lavatory cabinet, under-mount sink, countertop, faucet, and drain to complete our custom bathroom series.

  3. How to Glue Biscuit Joints

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    The Family Handyman editor, Ken Collier, shows you how to glue and clamp biscuit joints for a strong and nearly invisible joint.

  4. Minute Makeover: How A Bedroom Closet Went From Eyesore To Organized

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    In this episode, a cluttered bedroom closet gets organized with the ultimate makeover

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Blog Posts

  1. How to Fasten Furring Strips to Concrete

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  2. Under Bench Trundle Drawers - Mudroom

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    FromAna-White.com

    DIY trundle drawers for under a bench by ana-white.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  Thank you so much for all the positiveness surrounding one of our latest projects - a new mudroom for Grandma!  We are glad you loved it as much as we all do too!   We've had a few request to break the drawers down into plans, to make them even easier to build.  And since I'm definitely hoping you build this mudroom too, happy to do that for you today! Drawer plans follow!   XO Ana + Family PS - Check out the wall hook organizer shelf plans here , and the bench tutorial here , and the drawer post here. Materials and Tools Shopping List:  1x8s for the drawer box is what I used, but you could also use 1x6 or 3/4" plywood etc 1/4" plywood for bottom 4 caster wheels (I used 1" tall ones) 1x3s and 1/2" plywood for the drawer face 1-1/4" pocket hole screws to build drawer and drawer face 1-1/4" nails and screws for attaching drawer face 2 handles or knobs Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill circular saw nailer Cut List Cut List:  Cut to fit your dimensions Step 1 The first step is to do a little planning. I measured the space under my bench, and figured out how big to make my drawers. I recommend 1 or 2 drawers, so there's no middle drawer(s). With 1 or 2 drawers, the drawers can follow the wall as they are wheeled in and out. If you are working between walls, measure between walls at front and back - walls are notoriously not square, especially basement walls. Get a depth and height measurement too so you can figure how deep the drawers should be, what size material to make the drawer sides out of, and then how big to make the drawer face. I made my drawers 1/2" smaller than the space to allow a little wiggle room. Consider the height of the caster wheels when you determine how tall the drawer boxes are (I used 1x8s for a 12" high space). Through this plan, I'll be sharing my drawer dimensions, but alter to fit your needs. Step 2 Once you have your drawer size figured, simply build a box out of 1x boards. I used pocket holes, but you could also countersink screws or nail and glue. Step 3 Then add a bottom to the box with nails and glue. For larger drawers, 1/2" or 3/4" plywood might be better. And for especially heavy loads, you may consider adding a 5th center caster wheel for additional support. Step 4 Attach the caster wheels to the base of the drawers. I used these caster wheels. Step 5 I used this tutorial to build the drawer faces - quick and easy! Then with the drawers positioned in place, I attached the drawer faces first from the outside with a couple of finish nails, and then strengthened things up by adding a few screws hidden from the inside of the drawer box. You can check out more details on how I did this here. Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

  3. Senco XtremePro 3¼ Framing Nailer 325XP

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  4. There’s Chicken Shit on my Knee and Other Important Things

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    FromDIY Diva

    People talk a lot about “crazy cat ladies” and I can only assume that none of those people has ever seen a woman who lives...

  5. Securing Partition Walls To Concrete

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  6. Open Shelf End Wall Cabinet

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    FromAna-White.com

    Free plans to DIY a kitchen cabinet open end shelf by Ana-White.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  Hello DIY Friends!  We are so close to being done with the second Momplex kitchen!  But not quite, so just sneak peeks today :) One of my favorite parts of this kitchen (as opposed to the first Momplex kitchen ) is the open end shelf we made above the bar area.   We did this for two reasons: We built a bar, so access to a cabinet above would have been limited.  But it would have looked unbalanced to end the kitchen without the open end cabinet. And we built an open wall cabinet on the other end of the wall cabinets.  The kitchen is more balanced with the two open wall cabinets on each end. This is also the easiest cabinet to build  - you'll be amazed at how easy it is to add open end wall cabinets to your kitchen! Enjoy the plans following! XO Ana + Family Materials and Tools Shopping List:  1 - 1x12 @ 30" long or 3/4" plywood @ 11-1/4" x 30" (MATCH YOUR CABINETS!!!) 1 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long 1-1/4" nails or staples Screws for hanging to adjacent cabinet and studs in wall For painted cabinets, use poplar For stained cabinets, choose a wood species to match your cabinets or plywood (maple, oak, alder etc) Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection circular saw nailer staple gun Cut List Cut List:  1 - 1x12 @ 30" or 3/4" plywood @ 30" x 11-1/4" (MATCH YOUR CABINETS SIDES!!!) 1- 1x8 @ 30" 4 - 1x8 @ 10-1/2" (ADJUST TO FIT!!) 2 - 1x2 @ 7-1/4" (or width of 1x8) 2 - 1x2 @ 9-3/4" (ADJUST TO FIT!!) Step 1 We stapled this entire cabinet together because we did not want any pocket holes showing. The cabinet is plenty sturdy. Here we used glue and 1-1/4" staples. The side panel should match your other cabinets, including a face frame and the back if your other cabinets have one. Also check the height of your existing cabinets - 30" is standard. IMPORTANT: Make sure you assemble your cabinet in the correct configuration for installation - As shown, we built a cabinet that is open to the left. Step 2 Build the top and bottom shelves first with staples or nails and glue. We used 1-1/4" staples here. Step 3 Then we glued and attached the top and bottom shelves to the backs. Step 4 Then we added the remaining two shelves. We hung the cabinet by attaching it to both the neighboring cabinet and studs in the wall. If no studs, use a drywall anchoring system. Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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