DIY Projects

  • Curved Home Theater Platform Update

    Curved Home Theater Platform Update

    When square doesn’t cut it. As part of my basement revitalization projects (see my new Project Screen and my Dolby Atmos Surround Setup), I decided to revisit the platform I created last year and think of new ways to enhance it. Although I loved the height of the platform, the square edges with brown flooring… Read More

  • Building the Perfect Home Theater Projector Screen

    Building the Perfect Home Theater Projector Screen

    You’ve finally built your platform, installed your Atmos home theater, and then boom – another thousand dollar ticket awaits for a projector screen. Even still, while there are so many options out there, they rarely match the exact configuration and requirements of your space. When thinking projector screens, most of the expense goes towards the… Read More

  • Install New Stair Treads on Old Stair Case!

    Install New Stair Treads on Old Stair Case!

    Re-Finishing your stairs is definitely a daunting task, no doubt. I’ve been putting it off for a year since I didn’t want to create a bunch of dust in my house for something cosmetic. Now that I’m done, I must say it really wasn’t that bad. Using the right tools and a handy shop-vac, I… Read More

  • 15 Minute Crate Build for under $5!

    15 Minute Crate Build for under $5!

    As I continue work my way through all the scrap material I’ve accumulated the season, I’ve decided to try out some small fun DIY projects. My wife wanted two crates in time for Autumn that we could put outside and decorate the front steps with, so here we are. Tools Materials Instructions 6. 2 walls… Read More

  • How to Make a Canvas Frame

    How to Make a Canvas Frame

    Let me start off by saying that social media marketing does work. I was scrolling along and came across an ad for what looked like an awesome print. I paused on it, reflected and decided to pass. Next thing you know the same ad was showing up in other social media feeds and with every… Read More

  • DIY Modern Outdoor Planter Box

    DIY Modern Outdoor Planter Box

    No backyard is complete without some sort of planter. If you wanted to buy one, a decent sized planter could easily run you $200-$300, so why not build one? Now if you decide to do this, I’m pretty sure you’ve checked online and found a lot of ideas ranging from stacked wood laid on the… Read More

  • DIY Cyclone Fixed Dust Collector

    DIY Cyclone Fixed Dust Collector

    Have you ever heard of a cyclone? Yeah, probably not so you can thank me later. The basic premise behind these bad boys is that all your vacuum dust moves through a “cyclone” before hitting your Shop-Vac canister. With the help of gravity it gets separated into a separate canister. This dust collection system captures… Read More

  • Use the GRR-Ripper Push Block for safer cuts!

    Use the GRR-Ripper Push Block for safer cuts!

    Just in. Once you have had a few close calls, it’s natural to start looking for safer ways to perform routine cuts. Grr-ripper is designed to minimize the danger of feeding your work pieces through a table saw – while allowing you to apply both inward and downward pressure at the same time. At first… Read More

  • DIY Beer Pong / Golf Cornhole Board

    DIY Beer Pong / Golf Cornhole Board

    Looking for new ways to bring the party outdoors? By special request, I was asked by a friend to whip together something in a few days for an outdoor party to keep guests entertained. Goal here is to make something that can be used as a golf cornhole board, but also dub as a potential… Read More

  • DIY Modern Outdoor Bench

    DIY Modern Outdoor Bench

    Summer is here! We’ve spent the better part of June finishing our backyard. With the fence finally going up we went to work on a lot of the larger structural upgrades. We built the pergola, had the grass removed in lieu of interlocking and enhanced our deck space. Now time to furnish. This is the… Read More

  • How to use the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig System

    How to use the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig System

    If there was one jig I’ve come to love and wish I’d bought sooner, it has to be the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig System. It not only makes furniture building easy, but actually kind of fun. That being said, jigs are simple to use once you understand how they work, so if you are… Read More

  • DIY Pergola for Dummies

    DIY Pergola for Dummies

    With summer season right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to get a jump on any backyard DIY’s on your bucket list. Between the new found quarantine time and the benefit of enjoying your project all season – this was a no brainer. Backyard landscaping is pretty damn expensive, so it’s smart to look… Read More

  • DIY Crown Moulding 102 with LED Light Strip

    DIY Crown Moulding 102 with LED Light Strip

    Continuing our discussion from Crown Moulding 101, LED lighting strips above your dining room table just felt like the obvious next step. I encourage you to read through the 101 to get a hang of the basics, while I’ll talk about some minor variances here. Materials Tools Instructions Light it up. Hope you guys enjoyed… Read More

  • DIY Home Theater Stage / Platform

    DIY Home Theater Stage / Platform

    What kind of theater room doesn’t have raised seating? Okay, I guess most don’t but if you’re on the hunt for theater room designs and came across some cool layouts – chances are they all have some sort of platform. Good news is this is a quick and easy project that you can bang out… Read More

  • DIY Stay Organized with Garage Cleats

    DIY Stay Organized with Garage Cleats

    Scrap wood. So much scrap wood. What to do with it? Throwing it away is a waste, so why not put it to good use? If you haven’t checked out my slatwall review, see why staying organized and neat is so important for your tools and your garage. Slatwall and other commercial solutions are expensive,… Read More

  • DIY Front Door Color Change

    DIY Front Door Color Change

    From the day we moved into this home, my wife has been asking me to change the colour of the door to black. I’ve literally done everything but that – finished a basement, converted my garage to storage, and then reconverted it again to a workspace, painted the house, put trim in, etc etc. Given… Read More

  • DIY Fibre Optic Ceiling Installation (Star Lights)

    DIY Fibre Optic Ceiling Installation (Star Lights)

    When we were finishing the basement, one of our must haves was a home theater where we could enjoy sports and movies on a frequent basis. Given the open basement concept in our minds, we needed to think about different ways to compartmentalize the living area. After many nights of searching and weighing options, we… Read More

  • DIY Crown Moulding Basics 101

    DIY Crown Moulding Basics 101

    Walk into a house with crown moulding, look up and think to yourself “damn, this is nice“. Go home, look at your wife and tell her one day you too will have crown moulding, then go to bed. You wake up the next day, your wife reminds you of your promise and then you tell… Read More

  • DIY Donut (Doughnut) Peg Board

    DIY Donut (Doughnut) Peg Board

    One of our close friends is about to celebrate their daughters first birthday and asked if I could whip together a Donut Board for their party. These things are quite popular nowadays and also versatile for a number of different event settings. I figured I’d try to build something a little different than some of… Read More

  • DIY Transitional Coat Rack

    DIY Transitional Coat Rack

    Jackets. So many jackets. So messy. We bought a nice little modern looking coat rack from Wayfair for $50 with 3 hooks on it thinking we could manage. The idea was simple, we’d hang our current in-play jacket, and then neatly tuck away the extras in our closet. What was we thinking? Within 24 hours,… Read More



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