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Simple Trellis From Reclaimed Pallet Wood

By | May 5th, 2015|Garden, Patio|

I made this simple trellis from a combination of reclaimed pallet wood and scrap lumber in a few hours over a weekend. Difficulty Level (1-10) Approximate Time Needed Legs The two legs are each 5 feet tall, made from the scraps of a 10 foot treated 1 x 4 that I had ripped [...]

General Finishes Enduro-Var Water-Based Urethane Clear Topcoat Finish

By | March 18th, 2015|Reviews, Woodworking|

When making the farmhouse dining room table, one of the most important decisions was choosing the right clear topcoat for the finish. When choosing a clear coat, you must weigh several factors: durability, dry time, hue, odor, and how it's going to look overall. Oil-based finishes were the standard for many years until recently. Water-based [...]

Farmhouse Dining Room Table

By | March 12th, 2015|Dining Room, Furniture, Woodworking|

This is the story of how we created a farmhouse table for our dining room in the style of Restoration Hardware.  It's a table that goes for anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 in a retail store; yet we made it for a mere fraction of that cost, in our garage. It all started while looking [...]

How To Build a Kidney Bean Shaped Paver Patio

By | December 9th, 2014|Featured, Home Improvement, Patio|

One of the major drawbacks of living in a mass-produced tract home is they usually supply you with a super-small slab of concrete for your patio. That was the case in my home, so I decided to install something that had more room to roam and was more pleasing to the eye. I weighed the [...]

Cutting Paver Stones With a Diamond Bladed Concrete Saw

By | March 4th, 2014|Home Improvement, Patio, Stonework|

In the construction of my kidney bean shaped paver patio, I had to figure out how to give a bunch of rectangle paver stones a nice curved edge. I figured I had three options: Break the stones along the curve using a chisel Cut the stones one by one using a concrete saw Cut the [...]