Category Archives: Home Improvement

And Heaven knows my home needs some improvement…

A New Door, a New Bed, a New Daughter

My summer ended with big woodworking plans for the coming year.  (Most people’s year begins on January first, but being a professor, I think as much in school years as in calendar years, so my year effectively begins in mid-August.)  … Continue reading

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Major Lumber Storage Project Finished

This winter, I took a couple days to completely rebuild my lumber storage area.  My house is built into the side of a hill, and one of the previous occupants had constructed a makeshift workspace underneath one end of the … Continue reading

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Building a Half-Door (with What I Had On Hand)

As tomorrow is the 12th day of Christmas, and the next day we celebrate the gifts of the Magi to the infant Jesus, I thought I’d show off my big gift to my wife this Christmas: a door. My wife’s … Continue reading

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Really Vernacular Furniture

Over at Lost Art Press, Chris Schwarz has been talking about “vernacular furniture,” or “furniture of necessity,” which is furniture that, while hand-made, is cheap and simple to construct using a small tool kit. Much as we woodworkers admire the … Continue reading

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Yes, You Can Compost Wood Waste

This compost, which has been sifted through a 1/2″ screen mesh, is made from about half leaves and half wood shavings with minimal “green matter” (kitchen waste).  I just dumped the material in the bin and forgot about it, and … Continue reading

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Lee Valley Reel Mower: A Review

While not directly related to woodworking, lawn care often requires judicious use of hand tools.  Now that spring is approaching, I am dusting off my lawn care equipment, the most-used of which is my reel push mower, a hand tool … Continue reading

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The Compost Bin: Where Three Hobbies Meet

As I was unloading some finished compost into a flowerbed the other day, I reflected on the one part of my house that all three of my hobbies have in common: the compost bin.  Gardening, cooking, and woodworking all meet … Continue reading

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Screen Door, Round Two

A year ago I built myself two wooden screen doors to replace some rickety old metal ones on my house.  After a year of the kids pushing on the screen to get out and our crashing into the door with … Continue reading

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Screen Doors: An In-and-Out Job

One of my favorite parts of working wood is being able to make what I need.  When we bought our current house, it came with several very shabby metal screen doors.  After attempting to repair the closer on one and … Continue reading

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