Our Home from Scratch

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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.

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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Survey Results and What’s Next

Authors: John

Thank you to everyone who took part in our reader survey last week!  The results were enormously helpful and will enable us deliver better content more tailored to what you want to read.  Overall, the responses had a very positive tone and reinforced what we suspected, which is that a.) you generally like the DIY and woodworking posts...

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Koostik Giveaway

Authors: John

If  you caught yesterday’s post, you know that Koostik is giving away one of their Walnut Original models to one of our lucky readers.

That giveaway starts right now.

Koostik’s designs amplify the music from an iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini 10 to 20 decibels without electronics.  Their models come in a variety of sizes and wood...

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Meet Koostik

Authors: John

This week we have some exciting news.  On Tuesday, we’re hosting a Giveaway sponsored by Koostik.  If you’re not familiar with Koostik, they make beautiful all-wood docking stations for iPhones, iPads and iPad Mini’s.  They’ll be giving away one of their Walnut Original models valued at $95 to one of our...

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First Reader Survey

Authors: John

Today we’re unveiling our first reader survey.  Please take a minute or two and answer some really simple questions.  Your feedback is hugely important to us and can help us improve our content.  If there’s stuff you like and want to see more of, let us know.  If some of our posts bore you to tears, tell us that too.

THANKS!...

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