How to build a cabinet drawer

how to build a cabinet drawer -

There are many ways to build a cabinet drawer. This method requires a router or table saw to cut a dado which will hold the drawer bottom.   1.  The first thing to do is determine the size of your drawer parts.  Make sure to factor in the thickness of the material you are using, the t Continue Reading

How to Build Cabinet Doors with Beadlock Mortise and Tenons

How to build doors with Beadlock mortise and tennons

I recently posted about two different door options; inset and overlay and talked about what hinges I generally use for each door - respectively.  Once you've determined what type of door you want to use on your project, you have to build them.  This is the method that I'm having all my Sawdust Diary Continue Reading

Ideas and Planning for my Laundry Room

laundry room design ideas

I'm planning the rest of my laundry room and want to share my plan and ideas with you BEFORE I get started.   Then, as I go, I'll share the specific "build plans" with you along with pictures of my progress and tutorials of each feature. Yesterday I asked, "What features would you put in your d Continue Reading

How to build and install a pull out pantry style storage cabinet

free plans- pullout storage cabinet tutorial

I built pullout pantry style storage cabinets in my laundry room because my cabinets are 36" deep.   36" is a lot of storage room.  The problem is the items in the back would be difficult to reach and I don't want to have to move all the front items out of the way to reach deep in the back.  That wou Continue Reading

DIY Storage Bench

Free plans for a super easy storage bench.

These free project plans are for an 18" tall bench that can be stained, pained or upholstered with storage inside.    Perfect for a bedroom, living room, playroom or anywhere else one might need an extra seat with some hidden storage. Continue Reading

Power Tools for the New Carpenter

power tools for new carpenter

So you want to be a carpenter?  Sweet!  Now let's get you geared up. Maybe you don't want to be a "carpenter" per say, but you want to build something ... and just don't know where to start?  Don't know what tools you need?   I get asked for my 2 cents on this subject all the time -- so here's Continue Reading

library built-ins and wainscoting

library reveal

The Library is finished.  The built-ins turned out like I hoped,  the wainscoting is more beautiful than I imagined and the plank ceiling has more of an impact than I expected.  All in all -- I LOVE it!     Big projects like this are always a lot of work...but totally worth it whe Continue Reading

How to Create Symmetrical, Uniform Arches

built ins arches

There is an easy trick to drawing, cutting and installing a series of identical and nearly perfectly symmetrical arches to your built-ins (or any stock, store bought bookshelves with a faceframe -- for that matter) and you're in luck -- 'cause I'm gonna' share!   Continue Reading

Arch enemies


Arches aren't really my enemies.  They used to be but I think I've finally gotten the better of them and now I'll take on a more charitable attitude towards them.         Oh those cute little darlings.   I'm SUPER DUPER excited about how my bookshelves are coming along!   I know some of yo Continue Reading

Guest Build{HER}: Joyful Closet Playhouse

Closet Playhouse

First Build{HER} Spotlight of 2012! You might know that I was a finalist in "Not Just A Housewife's" Best DIY Project of 2011 Contest last week.  There were some great projects in the finalists, including one submitted by BJ of  Joy2Journey! The funny thing is that THIS post was set to pub Continue Reading