Bathroom Shelf

I’m still working on putting the finishing touches on the basement bathroom (no, that does not include a ceiling yet).  There was literally no storage in the bathroom at all.  No shelves, no cabinet, nothing.  No place to store a towel, washcloth, or toilet paper.  I decided to make this shelf from  It was super easy, I had it constructed in a couple of hours.  Finishing it took much longer due to a minor stain debacle, but it turned out nice despite my best efforts to ruin the whole project.  I added some hooks to the bottom, but they were not yet installed when I took the pictures.

TV Stand

This piece was created to match the Jelly Cupboard I posted a while ago.  It essentially uses the same plan, but is heavily modified to be wider and deeper.  Basically all the dimensions are completely different, but the structure is about the same.  The only significant structural modification is to the top where several cross braces were added to support the weight of a TV.  Hopefully this will add enough stability to avoid unsightly sagging; time will tell.  Luckily my ‘customer’ doesn’t have a heavy TV.

Dresser Project

Edit 2015-01-28: Please go here for detailed dimensions, cut list and material list.

This was built for a friend who commissioned a dresser.  Once again I found plans online, then modified them to suit what I wanted to build.  It is Patrick’s Beach Cottage Dresser from

The plan only calls for 12″ deep drawers.  This is really too narrow to use as an every-day dresser as it would not hold many clothes.  I modified it by doubling the depth and adding a 5th drawer.

The base coat is Antique Mahogany and the top coat is Vanilla Milkshake (both flat).  The piece was finished with Satin Minwax Polycrylic to give it a harder more durable surface and add a bit of shine.

New Roof

Some items on the home improvement list can remain unchecked for only so long.  This is one of those items.  It’s about 4+ years too late, but at least it’s finally done.  I decided to have a professional do this because I don’t have access to the scaffolding or roof brackets to do it safely.  Also I don’t have the time or desire.  After soliciting several estimates from reputable (I’m told) roofers, I was not satisfied with any of their bids or advice on what I should ultimately do to avoid this procedure again for 15-20 years.

I finally found a contractor who asked me, “Well, what do you want to do?”  As if my opinion on what should be done to my house actually mattered, not just what they could do fastest and cheapest.  In the end I decided to do a tear off, add new decking over the top of the 70+ year old 1×12 decking, re-flash everything, and install new underlayment and shingles.  I also had them take out the chimney since it is no longer used and is literally crumbling inside the house (this will become a project for another day).

Anyway, you only came here for the pictures:



Necklace Hanger

This was a really simple project that Megan requested.  Apparently she needed somewhere to hang her necklaces, who knew?  She bought the pulls, I just mounted them on a scrap 1×6.  I also discovered that I have a keyhole router bit, which you can see in the pictures.  Start to finish only took like 24 hours, which must be some kind of record for a project of any size (at least for me).

Also, my apologies to whomever is trying to sell these on, but this project only costs like $10 max.  It would cost more to ship one than it would to make it.