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  1. A (very) poor man's temporary "sawhorse workbench"

    One never seems to have enough tools to build the tools that build the tools etc… The workbench is no exception. Infact not having one is a pain in the behind. So far I've done most of my work on rickety constructions. But I've just finished a small afternoon project that makes building a...
  2. Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Cars (2006 - 2010)

    This was a fun part of Cub Scouts. During Brendan's years he won 4th place in his tiger den, 4th place in his wolf den, 1st place (2nd in pack) in bears, and grand champion for webelos I and webelos II. Brendan's involvement in building the cars increased over the years. There's only so much...
  3. Recycle Bin

    Along similar lines as my Beer Koozie Box, this project was to replace the unsightly white plastic trash can in our kitchen used to hold the recycling. Quick project but definitely looks better and not to mention holds a lot more recycling items. The construction was out of D/Fur 2×4 from, my...
  4. Handy Cheap Small Awl

    I turned these small Awl handles from scrap Oak. I use a type of 4mm wall tie that seem to be stainless steel and very hard. I have a few of these Awl's about the workshop. They are really handy and cost almost no money to make :) I have a tutorial on how I made these at Instructables
  5. Budget Friendly DIY Router Table With Dust Collection

    I've been needing a router table. I've been torn between buying and making one. I recently came across a lot of scraps from a friend's move. Then the making juices started swirling. As a lot of us probably do, I went to Youtube from some ideas. I looked a Jay Bates most Recent router video...
  6. Pine Adirondack Love Seat

    Here's a Adirondack loveseat i made out of pine. Since i made a single chair before this wasn't so bad, just had to widen it a bit. haha. It's all made of screws and about 11 boards of 6"X1"x6' pine boards at home depot. So not too bad for thirty dollars worth of lumber. I haven't put a finish...
  7. Simple / Cheap Stand-Up Desk

    A simple & cheap stand up desk. No it is not adjustable, permanently high. Just got a drafters chair and kick it out when standing is desired. Built from (4) 2×4's and (2) used solid core door slabs. The door slab desk tops were edge banded with a ripped 2×4. The monitor hutch was built with...
  8. Night Stand / Bed Stand - Mission Style (Pine)

    Alright. This was a night stand (Mission Style) I drew up and started WAY to fast. Didn't take the time to plan it all out right, especially not having done this kind of thing before or following any references. However, All was not lost. You can hide a lot of mistakes with paint (And a little...
  9. Blanket Chest / Butler's Chest (Pine)

    This was my first furniture project. And I did the whole thing in my apartment and a little on the patio. Not a recommended idea. I will be relocating my tools to my Father-in-law's garage very soon. That said, I think it came out nicely. Specs: Wood - CHEAP knotty pine from home depot (2×4s...
  10. *********************************** Spray Booth (Inexpensive)

    It is getting too cold to spray outside, so I decided to make a small spray booth. I wanted it to be cheap, able to be stored away, lite and have negative air flow. Walking around Lowe's, I came across this 27 gallon storage container for $9 (on sale, usually $12). It looked like the perfect...
  11. Plant Hanger for Topsy Turvey Containers

    I haven't posted in a while on either business or fun stuff, so I thought I'd share my Memorial Day project. We're not the best gardners, but like to grow fresh herbs (growing basil, mint, parsley, and rosemary in containers now). This year, we decided to try vegatables in those "Topsy Turvy...
  12. Tequila serving tray

    This is a simple but singular gift I made for my Father. He loves Tequila so I made a particular Tequila Serving Tray (I named it) It's made out of 2×1 pine scraps I had at my shop. I cut them to about 40 cm (15 1/2 in) long and about 12 cm (10 1/2 in) wide. I joined them with simple wood...
  13. What to do with a porcelain tile and a 2x4?

    The wife wanted a small table for her tv/reading snacking and I just got a new tablesaw-- a Ridgid r4512-- so it's a great time for a quick and dirty/cheap project. Enter a 9×12 porcelain tile and a 2×4. What can we do for under 5 bucks? 1 1/2×1 1/2 legs were ripped and then a taper to 3/4...
  14. Low cost, back to basics buffet

    My wife asked me to build her a simple "rustic" buffet for our dining room. I decided I wanted to try something with all cheap off the shelf big box wood. I used #2 pine for the entire piece. I stayed away from anything fancy and just went very basic on this. After it was completed I stood back...
  15. Hope Chest On A Budget

    This is a hope chest that I made for someone who requested it. No fancy finger joints, dovetails or raised panels here but not just a plain old box either. I quoted them on a "fancier" one first but it didn't suit their budget. This one yielded a similar look with a better price tag. The...
  16. Thanks, Harry...

    Hello. My name is Matt. These are my first woodworking "projects." The title of this post, is an homage to Harry Gerstner. One day, about 10 years ago, I saw a Gerstner tool chest for the first time and remember screaming on the inside, "WHAT IS THAT?!! I want one." Then I learned how proud Mr...
  17. My First Workbench

    This is my first workbench. My budget was um, how would you say…minimal, therefore my wood of choice was 2×4's and plywood. I used a few different designs I saw here and elsewhere on the internet for my inspiration. As you can see in the two close-ups, it's double 2×4's for the legs with...
  18. Garage Cabinets

    I just needed some extra garage storage for all those random items that go with owning a house such as; paint cans. God, the paint cans. I wanted something simple, without frames, and easy on the pocketbook of course. I managed to build all three of these cabinets, including the center yard...
  19. Up-cycled shipping pallet coffee table for under $20

    3 hours and lots of F bombs dismantling a very old shipping pallet with a pry bar, hammer, and jigsaw. 3 hours cutting (Delta table saw), sanding (orbital sander), and assembling with wood glue and wood screws. 4 days finishing (boiled linseed oil, thinner, ash from my fire pit), then 4 coats of...
  20. $30 Multi Tool Sharpening System

    I've been having problems getting good results with one of those cheap honing guides and my diamond stones. Everything always came out skewed and my fingers hurt after sharpening just a couple of chisels. Also, I have some kitchen knives that are really dull. So I needed something to sharpen...
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