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PRACTICAL TIPS FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT DIY-ERS AND CRAFT ENTHUSIASTS

How to Get the Smoothest Finish on your Painted Furniture

How to Get the Smoothest Finish on Painted Furniture

I have been painting furniture and cabinets for years.  I have also been refinishing and building furniture and of course, I want the smoothest, most professional finish on my projects.  I quickly learned that I absolutely had no choice but to use a spray gun for the smoothest finish possible.  I have used all methods … Read more How to Get the Smoothest Finish on your Painted Furniture

Choosing the Right Table Saw- What to Look For

Nearly all table saws will fall into two main categories.  They will either be a  “contractor saw” or “cabinet saw.”  Your budget, available space, and what type of work you plan on doing will determine what type of saw you should purchase. A contractor saw is light and portable and is limited on how large … Read more Choosing the Right Table Saw- What to Look For

How to Build Simple Crates

While I usually have a tendency to make projects more difficult by demanding perfection, I think crate boxes have more character with some imperfections.  I purposefully did not sand the cedar planks, and did not try to match my corners perfectly.  Although, I did nail and glue the joints to make sure that they last … Read more How to Build Simple Crates

How to Build a Kid’s Workbench for Under $15

I have a 3 year-old boy who loves to “fix” with me.  So, one afternoon I made him this workbench with a couple of 2×4’s. Determine the right Size:  Have your child hold a tool out to gauge how high you will want the bench, if they are really going to be playing on it … Read more How to Build a Kid’s Workbench for Under $15

Give Builder-Grade Cabinets a Custom Look

We had just moved into our new house and we were so excited, but it was driving me crazy that when you stood upstairs and looked down into the kitchen you could see the unfinished tops of our cabinets!  I personally think the builder should have finished the top of the cabinets, but some builders … Read more Give Builder-Grade Cabinets a Custom Look

How to Build Shadow Boxes

This was a fun project for me because it was not too difficult and we have had a lot of fun decorating with them in different ways.  Not only can they hang on the walls as shadow boxes, but they are nice to stack on top of a piece of furniture and decorate as well. Wood … Read more How to Build Shadow Boxes