How To’s

This category will list a number of projects that fit the do-it-yourself person. You might have found our site while searching for information regarding a project that you are working on. We will try to keep this category updated with new, and informative, projects.

Is this Maintenance Worth it? You Decide.

By |September 3rd, 2013|

Everyone seems to strive for low maintenance in a home nowadays. Well, it isn’t always the best option. We had a sunroom project to work on at a cottage where we are replacing 9 storm windows that were caulked shut to keep out the water. A sunroom that doesn’t have an operable window might […]

How to Properly Tape and Flash a New Construction Window

By |August 13th, 2013|

If you are like me, you understand that a little bit of prep work on a job will eliminate headaches that will creep up down the line. A great example of that situation comes when installing a window.  If you flash the window improperly, you might be allowing water to seep in for years […]

How To Frame a New Window in an Old Wall

By |July 11th, 2013|

If you are a weekend warrior, you will inevitably need to install a window in an existing wall at some point.  If you have a house that is vinyl siding on the outside, and you have a non-load bearing wall, the following is a step by step that you can follow to the letter. […]

Surfacing Rough Lumber with a Router

By |June 26th, 2013|

 

If you have an item that you need to plane down, but the wood is too large for your planer (if you even have one), consider using your router as a planer to get the job done.  Take a look at the image in this post and you can see how relatively simple this […]

How to Build a Workbench: Super Simple $50 Shop Bench

By |May 21st, 2013|

I have a friend who is in need of a simple workbench.  A simple bench with a classic pegboard back is all that he requires.  You could just go over to Sam’s Club and pick up a bench for about $120.  This would be just fine, but if you are going to be building […]

Hall closet conversion to an entry bench with storage

By |May 1st, 2013|

If you have a traditional “new build”, you probably have a standard entryway closet.  If that is the case, it is about 4-5 feet wide on the inside with a single door (likely a 32″ or 36″ door).   The following is a free project plan/demonstration that shows the steps to take to turn […]