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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

DIY Window Floor Cabinet

Hello everyone! I hope everyone has shaken off the winter weather, and is ready to dive right into summer. While we are just past our first full year back in Michigan, I tried a few times to sell LMB on moving back to the NC, especially when the forecast had flurries and inches of accumulation in April. Well needless to say, no plans on moving, at least back to NC, but we are definitely looking forward to the warmer months ahead. We have a few projects in the on-deck circle getting ready to hit the blog, and the one I am going to share today is very similar to my previous post, DIY Window Cabinet, but this one is much larger and is meant to fit in those little nooks or that small walls that transitions between rooms. Here is how it turned out.   In order to build this DIY, you will need a much larger window to be used as a door. We found this one on one of our picking trips last fall, and couldn't really find a good place for it by itself, so we decided to use it for … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Sled

Welcome-Welcome! I want to start out by saying Happy Birthday to all my Marines, it was their birthday yesterday, November 10. Also, Thank you to all Veterans, I know today is their (our) day, but I am truly thankful each and everyday, and try to show it as best I can. It has been a long time since the last post, LMB and myself have been a lot of running around and staying very busy. If you don't keep up with the weekly projects at the LMB house, make sure you check out Liz's Periscope -LizMarieBlog, we have been staying pretty frequent with the weekly posting every Friday night, and we will do our best to continue that. We have a very fun and exciting weekend ahead of us this weekend; we are going to be participating at The Black Sheep Holiday Pop Up and Barn Sale hosted by Binks and the Bad House Wife, if you live in Michigan or even northern Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, come swing by and check it out, we will have some really good vendors joining us, just in time for the unique … [Read more...]

Scrap Wood Project: DIY Mini Pie Safe

Welcome back! Football season is here and fall is knocking on the door, at least here in Michigan anyway. As sad as saying bye to summer sunshine and boat rides can be, we can look forward to the wonderful foods that usually accompany the cooler weather, especially the desserts. This weeks build is inspired by the upcoming pumpkin season which so happens to be my favorite kind of pie, so I built a Mini Pie Safe from scrap pieces of wood from previous projects. The only thing I had to purchase was the screen, which puts a price tag of 8 dollars on this build. Here is how it turned out... The Build. I started with measuring the typical size of a pie pan which is 9 inches in diameter. From there I took a piece of 1 x 12 for the base and 1 x 12 for the top. I ripped a piece of 2x4 to (4) 1 inch by 1 inch at a length of 33 1/2 inches. I nailed them to the side of both 1 x 12's, flush with each corner. I then fit in two more 1 x 12's for each shelf and nailed it in to the sides, … [Read more...]

DIY Kitchen BookShelf

Welcome back, I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer time, making memories and catching rays. LMB and I have enjoyed the wonderful Michigan summer that we have been longing for, high 80's during the day and mid 60's at night, we love it. As you know, from LMB, we have recently renovated our house with new kitchen cabinets and counters, along with updated flooring and interior doors. One of our favorite, modest upgrades to our home was the five pane doors that you can see throughout the entire home, it really accents our desire to make this house reflect our cottage style and we truly love them. The doors that were replaced have been put to use for the most part, they have been bolted to the walls in the garage for added storage for tools and wood. I had a few scrap pieces that were taking up some space in the corner and decided that they either had to go, or be used for something, and with that I created these DIY Kitchen Bookshelf The DIY Kitchen Bookshelf has sides … [Read more...]

DIY Window Cabinet

Welcome back to Craftsman Drive, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and the New Year is going well. LMB and myself finally had a chance to fully enjoy the Christmas time without the rush of coming into town on vacation and squeezing four families in a week before heading back. We got to take our time and it was really nice not worrying about the trip back to NC. Now that we are rooted in MI and slowly getting settled in, I finally had an opportunity to build a DIY window cabinet, and here it is. How To. 1. Measure the dimensions for your window. You will be building a box around the perimeter of this window with an 1/16th gap all the way around. The size of the boards I used for the bottom, sides, and top were 1x8. I left a half of an inch overhang on the top board just for esthetic appeal. 2. Fit in the shelves. All I did was place the shelf at the level where the horizontal muntin, or strip of wood that separates the window panes met. The shelves are 1x8 as well but … [Read more...]

DIY Buffet Table

Hey Guys! If you are stopping by from LMB, and just finished reading her post, "Spring Dinning Room," welcome. If not, welcome anyway, but make sure you swing LMB and learn how to style the buffet you are about to build. We have received a lot of interest on how to build the buffet that was featured in the post, and this is how you can build one for your space. When I built the DIY Rustic TV Stand, I went through a few trial and errors, but after I got the hang of it, I wanted to build another one. As guys do, If I am going to build something, I want it to be as big as I can possibly get away with. The overall length of this piece is 8 ft long and it gives you plenty of room for storage.   The Materials: 7 - 2"x8" 3 - 2"x4" 7 - 2"x2" 1 - 1"x4" Wood Filler Wood Screws The Tools: Drill Countersink Drill Bit Drill Bit KregJig Miter Saw Sander Level The Dimensions: Legs : (HT) 32"  |  (WT) 17 1/2 " Base (Legs and Support): (Length) 91 3/4"  |  (Width) 17 … [Read more...]

DIY Bathroom Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a look I always enjoy, it's clean and practically seamless. I wanted to install them in our house, but I did not know where a good fit would be. After a few weeks of deliberating with LMB, we choose to put them in our bathroom to add storage, you can never have enough storage in the bathroom, and this is how they turned out.  The Materials 2x1 Boards (the mounted boards to the walls). MDF Board (for the top and bottom faces). MDF Trim (for the front face). 8 - 75lb rated drywall anchors Wood Glue (make sure it works with MDF) Staples & Nails ++Beer of choice The Tools Level Drill Hammer Stud Finder Staple Gun 5/16 Drill Bit ++Bottle Opener The Construction I measured from the floor to where I wanted the top of my shelf to be (keeping in mind of the 3/4 " thickness of the MDF top board). I Marked the line using the board I will be attaching to the wall. With a level sitting on top I drilled a pilot holes through the board and through the … [Read more...]

DIY Wood Pallet Wall Art

LMB and myself have been busy getting our house ready to put on the market, with a recent change in September, as seen on Liz Marie Blog, our front bedroom has been getting a little more attention over the past week. Buck, our faux deer head,  has found a new home, and a void needed to be filled in his absence. We came up with a great idea for a DIY wood pallet wall art. Here is how we built it. First, according to my interior designer (LMB), we needed to make sure our "scaling" was cohesive. With whatever that means, we determined our artworks'  dimensions to 30 wide X 28 1/4 tall. The wood we used was 1 X 4 SPF, with actual dimensions of 3/4 X 3 1/2. If your confused by the math, the boards are not tongue and groove, with nearly invisible gaps between the pieces, stretch's those 3 1/2 stacked boards to a total length of 28 1/2. In order to meet these dimensions, I laid out the pieces of wood down on the ground to see what fit best together. Once I got the pieces in their … [Read more...]

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