Woodworking

Build A Vintage-Inspired Egg Rack

This is one of my favorite things around the house. The first time I noticed an egg rack was in a movie. It was Gosford Park, and believe me or don’t believe me, but I was more interested in this thing than in Clive Owen. I froze […]Read the full article...

No-Tip Fairy Chairs

If you have fairies, (and who doesn’t?) you must know a major problem with fairy furniture is that it tips over. What with the uneven terrain, wind and rain, crawling creatures and clumsy fairies, most fairy abodes look like they have barely survived an earthquake. When I […]Read the full article...

5 Things to Know Before You Build With Pallets

I have more than a couple of friends who working warehousing and retail and shipping and all that and I’ve been quizzing them over using wood pallets. Here’s what you need to know: 1)  They aren’t always discards.  Many companies store the pallets outside before they are […]Read the full article...

Wall-Mounted Clothes Rack

With preschool and primary school-age kids, I struggle to organize their clothes.  I thought about taking a picture of the laundry room floor before I cleared it up, but nobody would believe it was really that bad so I am sparing you the image.  Suffice it to […]Read the full article...

My Ana White Mudroom

A few days ago I mentioned I built a mudroom wall using plans from Ana White’s building plans website. I thought I would elaborate on what I did to modify the plans to fit our needs. I used the “Smiling Mudroom” plans, and the result definitely makes […]Read the full article...

Raised Bed Conversion

Last year, as part of the preparation for our book, I had to build a raised bed and photograph the process step by step. It was four feet square, made from 8-foot lengths of 2×8’s, cut in half, very simple and basic. After I built it and […]Read the full article...

Building a Sawbuck

After I built a sawbuck I was watching a movie.  In front of a remote woodland cabin in the Russian wilderness was a sawbuck.  I never would have noticed it before I had my own.  I’ll probably start seeing them everywhere now. It was the same when […]Read the full article...

Sentimental Pencil Holder

Damaged in a storm many years ago, this oak caught just the right wind one dark night recently and now is no more.  We kept the lumber and are trying to make the most of it. This tree stood here for a hundred years and has meant […]Read the full article...

Build a Garden Bench from a Bed

A place to sit is what turns your garden into a destination, a place to linger, a respite from the daily grind.  Seating transforms your yard into a parklike oasis where you can soak in the beauty of what you’ve labored to create. It also allows you […]Read the full article...

Raised Bed Hose Guides

You know that awful “Yikes!” feeling you get when you realize you’ve just yanked the hose over a nice bed of lettuce or seedling tomatoes? The other day I was looking at some leftover spindles from a porch rail project and decided to use them to solve […]Read the full article...

Dibble or, What To Do With a Broken Shovel

In the “they don’t make ’em like they used to” category, I include the home center shovel.  Like this one: So I decided to make a dibble. Funny word.  If you don’t know what a dibble is, it’s a stick used to make planting holes, calibrated to […]Read the full article...

Stick Plant Markers

I’ve been whiling away part of the winter planning my Spring garden and whittling these plant markers. If you think you might like to make some, here’s what I did. Find a stick.  Any stick will do, from the size of a fat kindergarten pencil to about […]Read the full article...

Build a Chicken-Watching Bench

When I told my husband I was building a chicken-watching bench he exclaimed, “It’s about time!” Now, I know he was being a smart-pants, but it really is a project I’ve been meaning to get to ever since we got the hens.  Just a simple place to […]Read the full article...

Water Barrel Stand

I can’t believe how long it’s taking me to get my water barrel up and running.  Ivory kindly passed one of the plastic drums she got from The Gettin’ Man* over to me hoping I’d get the lead out and post about it before she did, but […]Read the full article...

Rainbow Trellis

I’m not sure what got into me, but I went all playschool on my new tomato trellis. We’ve given over three entire beds to tomatoes this year.  The two flanking beds have stakes that are simply painted 2×2’s.  I wanted to break up the monotony, so I […]Read the full article...

Homemade Board & Batten Shutters

My louvered shutters were beginning to give the place that haunted house look– peeling paint and a few cockeyed slats. First I thought I would strip and repaint them myself. Problem was, they’re 70 years old and layered with so many coats of lead paint it was […]Read the full article...

Double Peg Rack

Does this look familiar? Do you, too, have two or three garments per peg, straining to remain in place? Have you ever done “the coat mash” to get juust one more jacket up there? (It works until someone walks by and brushes up against a sleeve, then–avalanche!) […]Read the full article...

Pergo Soap Mold

While looking around my shop for scrap wood to make a new soap mold I started to look at some old pieces of Pergo flooring left over from an old project. The non-porous surface seemed like it might release from the soap during unmolding better than wood […]Read the full article...

A Suburban Guide to Buying Lumber

Back when I started building things out of wood, I had no idea what I was doing. I would go up to the man in the hardware store and describe what I wanted and he would help me the best he could. Over the years and over […]Read the full article...

Laundry Table/Grow Light

Four years ago I built a laundry-folding table from 3/4″ plywood and 2×4’s with a top surface of large self-adhesive floor tiles. I added casters to make it easy to move around and it has been a helpful addition to the laundry room. One day recently I […]Read the full article...

Building a Cold Frame

I am not absolutely sure what to do with a cold frame, but here I am building one. The man at the lumberyard cut some of the cypress I wanted for my raised beds too short, so I bought the extra, mis-cut pieces at fire sale prices. […]Read the full article...

Build a Garden Cubby

I built a box to store small garden tools and supplies: gloves, garden knife, twine, secateurs, etc. I am that peculiar kind of lazy which would rather spend days fashioning such a box than go back into the house for a pair of scissors. It is shaped […]Read the full article...