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DIY Toy Building Blocks

DIY toy building blocks

We realized our house is very kid-UNfriendly.  Not that it’s unsafe for kids- we just got done locking everything dangerous away (see post on magnetic tot locks).  We just didn’t have anything around that would seem interesting or fun for children.  That is, unless the kids suddenly got the urge to chew on a doggy bone or fetch a slobbery tennis ball.

My wife noticed a basket full of toy building blocks a few years back while attending a bridal shower at my cousin’s house.  She thought the blocks could help kids learn shapes, encourage creativity, and they also looked decorative, displayed in a unique basket.  So, as you can guess, I got recruited to help her make some for our house.

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Wood Front Door

new alder front door

Repainting exterior painted surfaces of a home, such as exterior doors, as needed about every other year or so is normal maintenance.  Last fall, I noticed all our exterior doors needed to be repainted.  I had an unfinished reject alder door slab sitting in my basement for years, thinking I would someday use it to switch out our front door.  So instead of taking the time to repaint our steel front door last fall, I replaced it with the wood door slab.

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Dining Chairs, Bench and Stools

new chairs and bench

Desiree and I found a good deal on a dining table a few years back at the RC Willey Outlet that was discounted because the corner was chipped.  We thought it went great with our kitchen cabinets and adjacent family room.  And it was tall enough that our black lab wouldn’t be able to snitch some dinner off the table when we weren’t looking.  The only thing missing was the asiento (that’s Spanish for a place to sit).

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Wood Touch-Ups

wood touch-up essentials

Keep your wood furniture, cabinets, and other wood finishes in your home looking like new.  Most minor dings, scratches, and other imperfections in the wood surfaces of your home can be easily touched-up using tinted wood putty and a stain marker.

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Lathe Creations

Uncle Jon's wood bowl

When Desiree and I got this unique hand-made wooden bowl as a wedding gift from Desiree’s Uncle Jon, I couldn’t help but stare at it, trying to figure out how he made it.  That was before Desiree’s dad introduced me to a tool called a lathe.

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Custom Built-In Jewelry Cabinet

jewelry cabinet

For a while now, my wife has had trouble finding a pair of earrings, or untangling a necklace from the boxes where she kept all her jewelry inside our master bathroom cabinet drawer.   So this year for Christmas, she asked me to build a jewelry cabinet for her bling.

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Wall-Mounted Wood Art

gnarly wood art

What do you do with an enormous weird-shaped bare wall?  We have a vaulted ceiling in our family room and had a tall blank wall my wife and I would stare at, and wonder what we could do to make it look better (okay, mostly my wife).  We had to go all the way to Florida to get the inspiration we needed.

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Rustic Picture Frame

fishframe3

Last year for Christmas, Desiree (my lovely wife) gave me a fish poster to hang in my office.  I LOVE to fly fish… she knows me well.  Her boss even made her a really cool barn wood frame for it.  (If only everyone’s boss could be like Doug).  I decided to give my office a fly fishing theme based around my new poster and frame.

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