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We are Lisa and John and we run a home DIY blog. In addition to our projects, we also share our adventures in cooking, baking and whatever else comes along.

Reverse Osmosis System Review One Year Later

Authors: John

Happy Tuesday!  Instead of hitting you with the next installment in our TV stand build, I wanted to do a few posts here and there on some other unrelated home improvement projects.  Wasn’t originally my intention of doing 8 furniture posts in a row, but that’s just kind of how it worked out.  I haven’t worked on it l...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 8: How to Make Dado Cuts

Authors: John

Two videos in one week.  I’m starting to feel like Steven Spielberg, sans the ability and talent.  Although let’s be honest, my scripts are WAY better than the Star Wars prequels.  Am I right?

If you’ve been following this build along, so far you’ve seen us come up with the concept design and do the dimension...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 7: How to Cut Plywood

Authors: John

After a busy week and a half here at home, things are finally getting back to normal.  I had a midterm in my night class and things at work got nuts for a bit.  Rather than scramble to throw a post together, I thought it would be best just to wait until things cooled off.

In today’s post we pick up right where we left off with...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 6: Face Frame Construction

Authors: John

During my three day weekend, I managed to finally get some woodworking done.  I built the face frame for our custom media cabinet.  As promised, I whipped up a tutorial video.  Let me know if you have any questions.  You’ll see it’s not all that difficult to cut the pieces to their finished length and width and then ass...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 5: How to Buy Lumber

Authors: John

Happy Columbus Day!  Or as my Italian wife refers to it… “Better than St. Patrick’s Day.”  We hope you all had a great weekend.  We made some solid progress on our media cabinet.  The face frame is built and I’ll be starting on the cabinet boxes shortly.  I filmed almost all of the face frame construction...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 4: Cut Sheets

Authors: John

Happy Friday!  This weekend I’m hoping to make some major progress on our custom media cabinet.  Really looking forward to getting back into the workshop.  Once this cabinet is done, we’re going to finish off the decor in our sitting room, which is pretty much the entire point of these recent furniture builds.

In our last...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 3: Cabinet Box

Authors: John

Welcome back to our custom media cabinet series!  If you’ve been following along, so far we’ve unveiled our concept design and dimensioned the face frames.  In today’s post, we’re going to design and dimension the cabinet box portion of the media cabinet.  We’re nearly done this drawing and dimensioning p...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 2: Face Frames

Authors: John

Hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful weekend!  Last week we started the design work on our custom media cabinet by constraining our overall dimensions and making a rough drawing of how it should look.  Today, we’re going to pickup where we left off and do some detailed design work starting with the face frames.

Even though...

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Custom Media Cabinet Part 1: Concept Design

Authors: John

Very happy to be diving into another carpentry project.  If you’re new to our blog, last spring we made a built-in from scratch and installed it in our sitting room.  This time around we’re building a custom media cabinet to match.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we’re going to show our readers how to design a...

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When DIY Fails

Authors: John

I had high hopes for today’s post.  I thought I had learned from my mistakes enough to get this one right.  You were supposed to stop by today and see a black, concrete planter on our front porch freshly adorned with festive orange mums.

Not so much.

Instead of being stuffed with fall flowers, this planter is stuffed with the...

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