Where’s Craftsman Drive???

  Craftsman Drive has moved...  Head over to The White Cottage Farm (here) for projects new and old. … [Read more...]

DIY Porch Planters

Hello-Hello! Day 3 of 13 Days of a Woodworker Christmas is here, an I hope I can keep up with the first two awesome projects. If you missed them, check out the projects My Love 2 Create and The Handyman's Daughter shared on Day 1 and Day 2. Here is my project... a pair of vintage storage inspired DIY Porch Planters for Christmas trees. The build is very easy as there are only a few different measurements, after that its repeated and before you know it the build is over. The Materials (Per Box) (4) 1" x 4" x 6' Common Board (5) 5/8" x 5-1/2" x 6' Pine Dog Ear Fence Picket (1 B0x) 1-1/4" 18 gauge brad nail for pneumatic nails Paint: Masion Blanche - A La Mode Minwax Dark Walnut Wood Filler The Cuts All of the pine dog ear fence picket boards - 16 1/2 inches. Front face and back face of planter 4 cuts of 1" x 4" at 24 inches (legs) 2 cuts of 1" x 4" at 20 inches (top cross member) 2 cuts of 1" x 4" at 13 inches (lower cross member)   Side faces of … [Read more...]

Project teaser and upcoming GIVEAWAY!!!

Hell All! I hope everyone out there had a great Thanksgiving, and a safe holiday shopping weekend, that stuff is not for the weakhearted. Outside of the crazy Black Friday Sales and now Cyber Monday... I have even more very exciting news...  A little over a month ago I jumped onboard with a very talented group of DIY woodworker bloggers, and they put together this 13 day event of projects... and getting the inside scoop, I think everyone will be putting them on their to-do list. On top of all that, PaintWIZ and my go to brand, Ryobi threw in a pair of tools to giveaway!!! Below you will find the details of the event, that will include when I'll post my write up, and how to participate in the giveaway. But first, how about a sneak peek.... Find me, and all of these awsome bloggers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to get updates and other sneak peeks at the projects. Thanks.     13 Days of a Woodworker Christmas! 13 Bloggers 13 Days 13 Projects We have … [Read more...]

DIY Rustic TV Stand

Hello Hello. What a crazy past few weeks for us here at home, for America, and for the World. With all this craziness bombarding us, it is sometimes very therapeutic to hop into the garage or workshop and pump out a DIY project, listening to tunes, and if your lucky enjoying the sunshine. Today is a very-very important day to the LMB household, Veterans Day or Armistice Day. We look to this day beyond my service, but to those others who have served, and are so thankful for the freedoms from the sacrifices. I am so thankful for my experiences, and miss my beloved Marine Corps so very much, but looking back and reflecting on all of the good and positive impact the branches do for this world, and to all those whom have set the positive examples across the globe, I thank you. The Veterans that I now stand with, not only endured countless sacrifices, but did their very best to uphold and embody an image of America where ever they went, interacting with the people of whatever country we are … [Read more...]

On Deck Build: An Olde Revamp is coming soon.

Hello-Hello. I have been in an out these past few weeks, with projects and updates, and thank you for all of the support from last weeks nesting boxes, fun and easy build that looks to have gone over very well. I looked through my DIY projects and laugh a some, and surprised by others, how time has gone by. To this very day, my number one viewed project and general build inquires are from my very first shared DIY, my DIY TV Stand. I built this actually a week or two before I posted it, didn't really know how to formulate a How-To very well (still don't). I have noticed a lot of my questions have formulated around gray areas of confusion with my directions, and reading back through it, I agree very confusing. So... my very next build in the lineup is going to be a revamp of my DIY TV Stand, with better instructions, better pictures, maybe even a little video (no promises). Hopefully I can shine some light on that build, and add just touches of experience I have obtained along my … [Read more...]

DIY Nesting Boxes

Hello-Hello. Back again with a very easy and very functional DIY Nesting Box tutorial. Before we jump in wanted to share some of what has been going on in the LMB household over the past few weeks, if you missed it from LMB or our social media. Well we finished up the front room shiplap, and what a job that was. I felt like I was cutting shiplap for days on days. I decided not to post about it, because not only have we posted about it before, I am sure how-to's are out there enough with how big the trend is right now. I really love the texture and character it brings to our home, and enjoy all the tedious work it takes to put up. I know there are some people out there starting to dislike this trend, but for our home I think it just belongs, and will always fit right in. As you already have read and witnessed over social media, LMB finally got her trip to Magnolia, and while I really-really wished I could have been there with her for all of her happy moments, I was very busy at home. If … [Read more...]

Never Stopping and Always Inspiring – Our Anniversary

Hello-Hello! Today is a special day for LMB and myself, we tied the knot 9 years ago today. We were young, and had no idea what we were doing, but we knew we didn't want anything else. I like to take these very fast years of our marriage and reflect on some wonderful moments of year 9, because to me this marriage is one big adventure, with one of the strongest and inspiring people in the world. This little gal has my heart. From the early morning coffee to the... "I JUST WANT TO GO TO BED... STOP COMING UP WITH PROJECTS!!!" She doesn't stop moving, and I do my best to catch up with her everyday. This fun new estate is what we have dreamed about 9 years ago. We are having so much fun changing, and making it ours, while learning what God has planned for us. We can't wait to chase the little niños around in the near future. The projects keep going and we keep laughing. We wake up every morning, and go to bed every night thankful for no more deployments, duties, and … [Read more...]

How to turn a ladder into a light fixture

Hey Guys! Project after project, they are stacking up. We are trying to get a lot of the projects that you need the door open for, out of the weight before the frigid Michigan winter creeps in. It is officially my favorite time of the  year, Fall. Yes, it's Pre-Fall, but the humidity is nearly gone and the windows are open at night. I am sure most you have already secretly indulged in pumpkin spice something, no judgement. My favorite morning brew right now is getting me through all of these projects, is actually a mixture. My buddy, from New York, sent me Death Wish Coffee and I have been mixing it with Pumpkin Spice Ground coffee in the french press, it'll get ya moving, that for sure. For this week's project I wanted to share with you how we turned a ladder into a light fixture. Disclaimer: Use the proper safety precautions when dealing with electrical, turn off power at the breaker, and consult a electrician if you do not have previous experience. Hanging the … [Read more...]

Why you need a Miter Saw

Hello and Happy Monday! LMB and myself are having so much fun this summer with the big move to our new farmhouse and helping keep up The Found Cottage. I can't believe The Found Cottage has been open for over 6 months now, and the overwhelming amount of support from both local Michiganders to people across the state. LMB and her two other partners in crime, have been doing such an amazing job, I was so happy to give them a hand in opening the doors. The adventures at the farmhouse have also been so much fun. I have to say for a DIY blogger couple, right now our biggest challenge is where to start first. "So much room for activities." While our hopes and dreams begin to be imagined, the DIY list piles up. I am trying to get in the new routine of just life being in a new home, let alone figuring out my DIY schedule and blogging time. LMB posted the home tour video a few weeks back, I think Mr. LMB should do a Garage/Workshop tour soon, but not right now (it turned into our temporary … [Read more...]

Re-purposed Card Catalog

Welcome-Welcome! LMB and myself have been scheming this past weekend with new projects for the house, and yes we haven't really finished any of the ones we have started, but that'll come one day...I hope. Here is a little recap of our adventures on top of our re-purposed card catalog. Weekend Recap Let's see... we painted a bunch of end tables with our new Graco Paint Sprayer, oh and a cement rabbit lawn ornament, and a rickety rocking chair ...  I've come to realize, Left Over paint + Trigger happy LMB, everything and anything was up to be painted. I will be doing a post on it, hopefully sometime this week. We hung a barn door slider in the dining room, it turned out great, check out LMB's Instagram (here), for a, "before the post," sneak peak. Grand Rapids, had a tough weekend with a tornado, which is a rare scene for us up here. Started in on our front living room, and found some really cool stuff. Which got me thinking, what new tools do I need to finish that room … [Read more...]

What’s Next? Finding Success with Simple Motivation

Tis the season for projects. Summer is slowly cooling down, clearing the path for my favorite season... Fall! I love summer, but Fall is my season. The baking, the color, the smells, the projects, and pumpkins.... It is much more enjoyable to take on projects both inside the house and out, and that is exactly what we are doing. On top of our house projects, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a little organization happened this past rainy weekend. Oh, did that feel good. I did start building again, and I hope I can get plans and cut list up, sooner than later. Since I don't have a project completed or an update to share, I wanted to take a step back and offer some motivational thoughts that we here at the LMB household live by, it's called What's Next? The Concept What's Next... seems quite simple and maybe a little stupid, but let me explain. In the military a common phrase that is tossed around is, complacency kills. As horrific and harsh as that might sound, it is … [Read more...]

4 Reasons You Should be happy when your wife asks you to do a DIY project

DIY DIY DIY! In recent years, the DIY market has really grown back into its original form. People are trying to get high dollar looks for pennies, and the number one way you can do that is by doing it yourself. To those husbands, whose wife thinks so highly of them, and they can do anything... This one is for you. 4 Reasons You Should Be happy When Your Wife asks to do a DIY project. 1. Add to the collection I have collected many tools over the years. I can turn wood with my Delta lathe, bend it with my Rockler Steam Bending Box, cut, drill, and route anything with my Ryobi arsenal. This is all due to a good sales pitch. There is great opportunity to add a new tool to the family with the help of a good sales pitch. If you need help or a place to start these have pretty high success rates with LMB: Yes, I would love to you, but I think i'm going to need...[New Tool]. Yeah I should be able to do that job with what I have... may take me a bit longer since I don't have a [New … [Read more...]

Shiplap Dining Room Makeover – Enjoying the ride

Hello! Last week over at LMB, she shared our Dining Room Makeover. It is taking us much longer than expected. I'll key you in to some of the areas I found to be a DIY pain when hanging shiplap, but we figured it out. We are excited to announce that is officially ready for painting. We are enjoying the ride on our first bigger project in this forever home. Enjoying The Ride If your like me, you put everything on the clock. Years back, a road trip from NC to Grand Rapids comes to mind. It would start off with me stressing to get to GR in the quickest amount of time possible. I had LMB  prepared miles ahead of the next rest area, to shoot into the bathroom and get back in the car so we can get back on the road. And food consisted of fast food and granola bars. Any lost time would have to be made back up. While in the car, we enjoyed a good tune and laughed, but I was not truly enjoying the ride as an experience to be remembered. Slow down and Make Mistakes There is a ride to … [Read more...]

To The Non-confident Handyman: The Future of Craftsman Drive

Hello All! This is a blog from left field. It’s Sunday night and LMB and I are now back home. As exhausted and excited we are to be home, we cannot tell you how much fun we both had at the Haven Conference this weekend. For those of you who don’t know about the Haven Conference, it is a wonderful-inspiring conference that welcomes, teaches, and introduces DIY bloggers to one another and various vendors. This conference is filled with all different levels of bloggers from the famous Miss Mustard Seed to a few people that started their blogs days before they came. The Haven Conference really strives to bring this wonderful community together to help each and every one grow just as a big family. While LMB has had the pleasure to attend and even speak at this event in the prior years, this year she brought me along to meet many of these wonderful bloggers that have grown alongside her, motivated her, and helped her stay on track with this wonderful career she is still creating. This … [Read more...]

DIY Window Greenhouse

In the LMB household, one of our favorite things to do is going to flea markets and antique shows. The vendors we meet, the friends we run into, and the atmosphere of the whole experience has us addicted. Countless times we come across standalone windows, stacked up in the corner at a great deal. As you have seen in my previous post, DIY Window Cabinet and DIY Floor Window Cabinet, I like taking old windows and bringing them into the house to be used. For this DIY I decided to build something for the outdoors, and since the warm weather has finally arrived in Michigan, I decided to build a DIY Window Greenhouse. Here is how it turned out. This has to be the easiest DIY build yet. The hardest part about this project is finding the windows, but once you have a set, the entire project can be done in less than 15 minutes. First screw three of the window together at 90 degree angles, ultimately makes a "U". I ripped a 1 x 4 (really 1 x 3 1/2) right in half making it … [Read more...]

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