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New Video: Adding a Center Divider

Posted by on March 4th, 2013

Hey gang!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  We made some major headway on our built-in project this past weekend.  I’ve got the doors finished and the plywood for the boxes all cut.  All I’ve got left to do is machine the plywood with some grooves and dados and we’ll be assembling it.  So far so good.  I’m definitely leveraging some past cabinet experience to make this one go a little smoother.

We’ve got two videos for you this week.  The first one is a quick update on the bottom cabinet face frame.  I added a divider to accommodate two doors.  No big deal.  This was kind of a video warm up for me.

The next one will be a how-to on making shaker style inset doors.  So much easier to show you how to make one than to describe it.

Get any projects done this weekend?


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Diesel vs Gas

Posted by on November 8th, 2012

Hey guys!  Hope everyone is enjoying the week so far.  If you’re in the Northeast like us, I hope you’re surviving the worst week and a half of weather I’ve ever seen in November, ever.  Terrible!  Have I ever told you how much I hate the cold?  I used to love it when I was a kid.  Now I want to move to Florida.  Is it weird that I appreciate and even envy the life-choices of our senior population at the young age of 33?  Retirement?  Yes, please.  Florida?  I’d love to.

In other news, we bought a car.  We picked up a Jetta from a local dealer and we’re digging it.  Sweet ride.  We ended up buying a regular gas engine and skipping the TDI, but I have to admit, that diesel engine was tempting.  I actually made a video that illustrates the basic nerd enhanced analysis I performed to see if the fuel savings from diesel vs gas  would be worth the extra sticker price.  Alas, it wasn’t even close.  If you’ve never used Excel before and want to pick up some basic skills or just see how to figure out your own gas mileage, then check out the video.  Or if you just want to hear a nerd rant on about his daily commute, check. it. out.

I thought I would miss my Grand Cherokee a little by now.  Definitely not. I went from 15/20 mpg to 24/32 mpg.  Big fan.  Big fan.

I’m hoping to finish up the painting on our garage shoe rack, but I’m not holding my breath.  This weather cycle is “spray paint in the garage” prohibitive.  Bummer.  Lisa and I are planning some serious work over the Christmas break, so soon after we finish up that shelf, I’ll be back to planning mode.  We’re still trying to figure out if we want to work on the office or maybe start finishing the basement.  We’ll see.

What are you all working on at the moment?


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Our Favorite Christmas Songs – Part Two

Posted by on December 26th, 2011

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday!  Lisa and I are mostly kicking it old school in our pajamas most of the week.  We’re not trying to go too crazy with the upgrades around here, but we have been getting quite a lot of our grand plan done and we can’t wait to share it with everyone.

BUT, for now it’s my turn to list my favorite Christmas songs.  Especially since we’re still listening to ‘em around the clock.  On Wednesday, Lisa listed her’s.  I tried writing this post late last week, but I just too tired from all the shopping and gorging myself with holiday food. So here goes..

1.  Please Come Home for Christmas – The Eagles

John:  I have to say, I’m totally relieved that this song is sung by the Eagles and not just Don Henley.  I was worried that my musical interests are something out of a 1980′s VH1 special.

Lisa:  I like this song.  Nothing smart to say about it.

2.  That Spirit of Christmas – Ray Charles

John:  Best song from the greatest Christmas movie ever made.

Lisa:  I’m pretty sure when James Caan asks Buddy the Elf to sing in his office is the best song from the greatest Christmas movie ever.

John:  There is no way Will Farrell sings a better Christmas song than Ray Charles.  Not possible.

Lisa:  I’ll give you that.  But Elf is still the best movie ever.

3.  Blue Christmas – Elvis

Lisa: Whoa!  I’m shocked.  Almost speechless.

John:  Almost.

Lisa:  Awesome song by and awesome-est singer.


4.  Oh Holy Night – Josh Groban

Lisa:  Again, a very nice pick, I’m impressed.

John:  Excellent song.  Nothing really funny here. Wait, why are you impressed?  What kind of Christmas music did you think I listen to?

Lisa:  I dunno… Mariah Carey?

5.  All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

John:  Nah, just kidding.  No way!

5.  Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas

John:  A timeless classic.

Lisa:  I like it too!  I’m impressed with your picks.

John:  While I’m mildly offended that you think I have terrible taste, I’m happy that we agree.

Thanks for stopping by!  What are your favorite Christmas songs?  Are you still listening to them even though we’re past Christmas?


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Our First Video

Posted by on December 19th, 2011

The last week or so has been crazy busy.  On top of the regular Christmas run-around, Lisa and I have been furiously busy with our grand plans; add to that a last-minute work trip to San Diego.  So bear with us as we try to squeeze in a couple quality posts between now and Christmas!!

This past weekend, we were able to finish painting our added trim and finally started painting the beige!!  Not gonna lie, it looks awesome!  Most importantly, Lisa LOVES it.  Pheww!  If she’s happy = I’m happy.

First the trim:  after two coats of semi-gloss paint on the actual trim piece and three coats of paint on the wall between the trim and the crown molding, it looks pretty decent.  The in-between part is still not quite as glossy as the wood, so we may revisit this once all the beige is on and maybe UP the glossy level for that small section.  TBD.

Now for the beige.  We prepped and painted the morning room and we’re really happy with everything…. the level of shade, the paint quality, the overall look, you name it!  Although, I definitely could have done a cleaner job cutting in the ceiling.  I used a crappy brush and now I’m going to go back and clean it up with my Purdy brush later this week.  Oh well!

Here’s a photo of that room before we painted it.

Even more fun than painting is the new time lapse video we shot!! I setup the camera and recorded me painting the morning room from painter’s tape to finish!  Check it out below.  I’m no Steven Spielberg, but it was a lot of fun to shoot.  See if you can catch Lisa goofing off!!  If you blink, you miss it!

Pretty cool ay?  Later this week, we’ll have the after photos from the morning room.  All I have right now is the photos from the movie.

Plus, before Christmas… Lisa and I are listing our favorite Christmas songs!  Not guaranteed to be free from Elf quotes, but I’ll try to keep them at a minimum. Anyone else doing any holiday home improvements?

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