Posted by John on December 9th, 2013
We are excited to finally make some woodworking plans available. We’re starting with our Mobile Workbench. The plans include a complete material list as well as detailed, graphic instructions. The workbench plans are absolutely free to our newsletter subscribers. You may have seen our How-To post on this workbench on our DIY Projects page. The actual woodworking plans contain all the info you need to get started building your own.
To subscribe and get access to the plans, just fill out the form after this post or the one in the sidebar to the left. Once you subscribe, you’ll receive a confirmation email as well as a link to our new ‘Plans’ page. We’re going to be slowly adding in additional plans over the coming weeks and months.
Interested in plans for a project you’ve seen on our site? Tell us in the comments which project you’d like to see made into detailed plans next.
Posted in Carpentry,DIY Projects. Tagged in ,plans, workbench
Posted by John on December 5th, 2013
Even though we’re still wrapping up some work in our sitting room (paint and some decor still to-do), we wanted to let everyone know what project we’d be starting after we finish. We’re psyched to be switching gears soon and finally getting to work on our home office.
If you took our home tour, you may have noticed that the office is not shown. There’s a good reason for its absence. It’s one of our catch-all spaces. Whenever we get packages delivered, they get opened in the office and the boxes usually get left there for a few weeks. What else is in there? Grad school books and binders, craft supplies, the rest of the books we own, an old computer… you get the idea.
What I’m getting at here is we don’t really use this space appropriately. We spend very little time in there and when we do it’s very task oriented. I go in to fax or scan something and leave.
We’d like to change that with this room refresh. That’s my main goal for this space.
You know what, the space doesn’t look too bad in these photos. We’ve since shifted the office desk to the wall and threw a bunch of crap in there. Consider these photos the high water mark.
So what are we planning to do with the office? Good question. We’re still kicking around some ideas in terms of layout and looks. You can follow our Home Office Ideas Pinterest Board to see what direction we’re heading.
We know we’re replacing the carpet and adding hardwood floor. That’ll probably be the first thing we do with the space. Of course, we’re going to be designing and building our own office cabinets and built-ins as well. The debate at the moment is whether I build the cabinets first, then do the floors and install everything or just do the floors first.
You can expect us to cover the entire remodeling process from design ideas to completion.
Should be fun.
Posted in DIY Projects,House Tour. Tagged in ,home office, house tour
Posted by John on December 2nd, 2013
It’s that time of the year again around here. Lisa is digging through our Christmas decor bins and dressing up the house. While holiday decor isn’t really my thing, I do enjoy laughing at some of our older ornaments as we pull them out of the bins. It’s a fun tradition.
Since we could use a break from the whole cabinet construction thing, we’re going to do something fun this holiday season. We’re kicking off an Instagram Christmas Ornament Hashtag Party. Here’s the theme: Weird or Funny Christmas Ornaments.
If you’re not sure what that is, there’s nothing wrong with you. I promise. It’s Captain Kathryn Janeway from the TV series Star Trek Voyager. My folks bought it for me back in Christmas of 1998. Why I’ve kept it this long is the real question here.
So here’s how this Instagram party will work. Take an instagram photo (or Twitter) of the weirdest, oddest or funniest Christmas ornament you own. Use the hashtag #WeirdestOrnament2013 or #FunniestOrnament2013 when you post it. You can also post it on our Facebook wall.
In a week or so, I’ll share the photos in a post. Let’s keep it lighthearted and safe for work, if you know what I mean. Okay? Cool, have fun.
Posted by John on November 27th, 2013
Wanted to check in with everyone before Thursday! I forgot to mention in our media cabinet wrap up post that our total cost was approximately $155. Originally, I had hoped to build it from leftover material from the bigger built-in, but I ended up needing more wood than I thought. We’re happy with $155 considering it’s pretty much exactly what we were looking for and we probably would’ve had to have spent more than $200 to get something similar.
The other update I wanted to mention is our new weekly newsletter. You may have noticed the opt-in form to the left of this post. We’re primarily starting the newsletter as a way of keeping our readers more in the loop with our projects and posts. As an incentive, to subscribe, we’re going to be including content that you may not see on the blog. That content will include tips and tricks for DIY and carpentry projects. We’re going to try and keep up with the newsletter broadcasts on a weekly or as-needed basis. We promise not to spam.
The most compelling incentive we’re giving our readers to subscribe is coming soon. In a few weeks, we’re going to start releasing our project plans for all of the woodworking projects we’ve done since the blog started in 2011. The plans will include a full tutorial as well as a materials list. Of course, the plans will be absolutely free to our subscribers. If you’re 100% not interested in subscribing, but still want access to the plans, I’m going to sell them on Etsy as well.
I encourage all of our regular readers and new visitors to subscribe to our new, free newsletter. There’s an opt-in form at the end of this post that you can use to subscribe as well as the form on the sidebar.
We’ll make it worth your while. I promise.
Lisa and I hope all of our American friends have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!! See you next week!
Posted in Blogging. Tagged in ,blogging, newsletter
Posted by John on November 24th, 2013
The TV stand is finally done. During the week I wrapped the bottom of the cabinet with some baseboard molding using the same procedure we used on our first built-in. The only thing I may still do to the cabinet is re-coat the top and shelves with some cabinet grade enamel paint. The latex paint doesn’t seem to be holding up quite as well as it does on the built-in. Latex paint isn’t designed for cabinets and it lifted up somewhat after I rested my camera tripod on it. No biggie. Here’s what it looks like now.
The baseboard molding seems to give the cabinet a fuller look. Big fan.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the features…
The baseboard trim ties into the wall and the seam where the cabinet meets the wall has a thin bead of painters caulk to make the cabinet look fully “built-in.” It only sticks out from the wall about 18″ to match the depth of the other piece in the room.
From the front you can see the open center section is just wide enough for our PS3 and a DVD player. I measured some of the electronics in our family room to make sure that they would all fit. All three sections feature a plethora of shelf pins for adjusting the shelf height. The cabinet hides all the outlets on the wall as planned.
Lisa is thrilled to have some more toy storage. She moved the shelf on the left side up to accommodate a larger plastic bin she bought from Target.
Here’s a little trick I learned from Norm Abram back when he was on New Yankee Workshop: the bottom plywood shelf sits a little higher than the face frame. It acts as a door stop. The cabinet has a door stop device on the top, but this beats adding a second.
So let’s do a quick recap.
1. Design the overall look of the cabinet and rough dimensions
2. Design the face frames
3. Design the cabinet box
4. Draw our cut sheets
5. Buy our lumber and plywood
6. Face frame construction
7. Cut the plywood
8. Add dados
9. Build our shaker doors
10. Assemble our cabinets
11. Cabinet Installation
I hope this post inspires you to not only build something from scratch, but to build something that meets the needs of the space.
*** UPDATE: Forgot to mention the cost. The total for the cabinet was around $155. Not too shabby.***
So what’s up next? Well, these two cabinets may be done, but the sitting room isn’t even close. We picked out some paint and lighting and we’ll be dressing this space up later this week. Stick around.