Author: WNY Handyman

  • Cottage Project – 2 Year Update with Pictures

    Cottage Project – 2 Year Update with Pictures

    We purchased this cottage about 2 years ago this month.  There was nothing “wrong” with the cottage at the time, but we decided to make many improvements to move the place forward.  I wanted to write this post to outline the major work that was done since we purchased.  This article certainly isn’t a “how-to”,…

  • How To Frame a New Window in an Old Wall

    How To Frame a New Window in an Old Wall

    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.  If…

  • Lancaster House Bargain

    Lancaster House Bargain

    Update: November 2013. This house sold for $304,000. Congratulations to the new buyer/neighbor on an absolute steal. If you are shopping for a home in the Lancaster NY area and are in the $300k – $350k price range, have I got a deal for you… This is a neighbor of mine and the house is…

  • Surfacing Rough Lumber with a Router

    Surfacing Rough Lumber with a Router

      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

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

    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 things…

  • Hall closet conversion to an entry bench with storage

    Hall closet conversion to an entry bench with storage

    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 your…