Does anyone know what a French Cleat is? Basically, a French Cleat consists of two pieces of wood, each with a bevel cut on one edge where one piece is mounted to the wall (secured to the studs) and the other piece is mounted to the back of the item being hung on the wall. [...]
There are several different ways to construct a drawer box and today, I’ll share the method I use to construct them. I used to dread making them because to me, I could never get them right. Through “practice” (and for me, I mean a lot of practice!) I think I have finally mastered the art [...]
For some DIYers, the thought of remodeling a kitchen can seem overwhelming. Trust me, there is a lot of work involved but it is so worth it! A couple of years ago, I completely gutted my kitchen to the drywall. I tossed the old cabinets (which were very cheap and horrible) and built brand new [...]
I think drawer slides are the greatest invention since sliced bread… Once I’d mastered the “art” of drawer slide installation (click here for an easy how-to), I turned my attention toward the types of drawer slides I prefer to use.
I started with the regular low-profile drawer slides. They are inexpensive and easy to install, and [...]
A while back, I mentioned my friends, Chris and Elizabeth, who had an awesome idea using 2×4 lumber to make posts. I love this idea and decided to make the legs for my new dining room table using their method. Keep in mind that when posts are constructed this way, the actual measurements will [...]
When I first started woodworking, I found drawer slides to be very intimidating! I could not figure out how to get the hardware on the cabinet side to line up perfectly with the hardware on the drawers! I’ve always thought that I measured correctly but apparently not. The drawers were always crooked and did not [...]
I like to use 2×2 lumber in a lot of the furniture I build. Where I live, I have a hard time finding 2x2s that are not twisted or bowed, and are in usable shape not cracked to pieces!
I find it is much more economical to buy 2x4s and rip them in half. I [...]
I love using tapered legs on a table or cabinet I am building. They add such a great sense of style and drama to an otherwise ordinary project. An easy way to create tapered legs is to use a hacksaw or jigsaw. The only problem I have with that is that I cannot cut a [...]
When I was using Big Daddy (my table saw) the other day, I noticed the lumber wasn’t running through the saw as smooth as it usually does . It was time for a cleaning… You see, even though I do tons of projects and have a million tools, I do not have a shop!! Poor Big Daddy [...]
Gloves are a necessary item in the tool box of any DIYer. I became a firm believer in them when each of my thumbs were injured very badly at the same time. Have you tried to build anything when both of your thumbs are basically out of commission? It is not an easy task.
The only [...]