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Pro-Quality Manufacturing at Home? There's an App for That
Real things have been made by computer-controlled tools since the 1950s. But these tools have long been too complex and expensive for home use. The buzzword for this realm where virtual reality meets actual reality is "digital fabrication." As...
Neat Little Project: Make a Sturdy Stand for Tablets and Books
Tablet computers, no matter the size or brand, are becoming ubiquitous and indispensable tools for entertainment, research and project how-tos. The kitchen is a prime example of a spot where it can be vital to see how to do something exactly as it should...
Neat Little Project: Build a Mail and Message Center
Even with fewer and fewer pieces coming in the mail nowadays, there are still enough to warrant a special place to hold the bills and magazines that arrive. Add the need for a centralized location for family notes, the occasional coupon and a paint swatch...
Make a Cute and Low-Cost Rolling Table
When my indoor or outdoor space needs a quick facelift, I like to create inexpensive, easy and resourceful furnishings. An empty (and free) electrical spool is one of my favorite base pieces to start with. I've been making upholstered ottomans using the...
Beadboard Panels Offer a Shortcut to a Classic Style
Beadboard wainscoting has a classic look that never goes out of style. Traditional tongue and groove beadboard can be a serious chore to install, but you can get a similar look with beaded hardboard planks, and the process is relatively easy. Beaded...
Neat Little Project: Build an All-in-One Storage Seat
When building something for a kids' room, consider how long they might use it. You and the recipient will get a lot more enjoyment and use out of something that can withstand the transitions from one age to the next. This multipurpose wooden seat can...
Neat Little Project: Create a Simple Entry Bench
It can be said that you can never have enough places to sit. A little bench like this one can be used in a number of places around the home, both indoors and out. Keep it natural, as shown here, or add any number of finishes. It has a slight country look,...
Light Up Your Night With an Easy Outdoor Table Lamp
This might be the easiest lamp makeover you'll ever see. A quick trip to Goodwill, where I found a really cool pink acrylic lamp, and to the hardware store and a few minutes with a pair of scissors were all it took to add some soft light to my outdoor...
Neat Little Project: Make a Simple Garden Tote
It never fails that when working in the garden you need one more little tool, or just something to help you carry the unexpected harvest. You can avoid extra trips by building this handy garden tote.
20 Wonderfully Inventive DIY Projects by Houzzers
Home dwellers can show great creativity when faced with less-than-ideal circumstances such as a tight budget, a small space or a boring rental. Even the most mundane and unexpected items — FedEx boxes, mason jars, metal salad bowls and wine bottles...
Get a Grip: Create Handle Openings With Just 2 Tools
Trays, totes, stools and even some benches feature handle openings that allow you to carry them easily and comfortably. You can attach mass-produced handles or knobs to these items, but they often stick out, ruining a sleek profile. Plus, it's often difficult...
Furniture Clinic: Quick DIY Glides for Sofa, Chair or Table
When I was doing custom upholstery for clients and designers, I used to add a little complimentary service. Instead of leaving the furniture with its original harsh metal glides, plastic glides or those drippy, sticky felt pads, I'd replace them with...
The Taming of the Screw
Screws are used today for many of the fastening tasks once performed by nails. If a nail is set on a job today, it's generally done with a nail gun. Nail guns are fast, but if you are doing a DIY project, you may not be able to justify the expense for...
Lace Goes Modern in an Upholsterer's DIY Pendant Lights
These delicate DIY pendants fulfill the functionality of providing the right illumination for the front of my studio, and they also reflect the exact nature of my work: fabric, texture, DIY-ibility, shape and form. These beauties take a little forethought...
Neat Little Project: Make a Sturdy Wood Serving Tray
Serving trays typically evoke thoughts of luxurious mornings spent with breakfast in bed, as shown in the first image below. But their utility extends beyond this decadence; they can be means of carrying supplies outside for grilling, toting popcorn and...
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