The Greater Purpose of Repurposing

The Greater Purpose of Repurposing

Since this recycling project was designed and built based on the materials I had on hand – and it’s something I’m sure most of you don’t need – I’m treating it more as a philosophical exercise in creative problem solving than a how-to project. The ‘project’ in this case is a roadside garbage box – […]

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Stonehaven Recycling Bin Cabinet – Woodworking Plans

Stonehaven Recycling Bin Cabinet – Woodworking Plans

This Recycling Bin Cabinet is an original Stonehaven design that combines the style and charm of an antique furniture piece with the practical management of your household recycling.  Just open the drawer and drop your recyclables into the proper roadside bin. On recycling day you grab the bin and take it to the curb for […]

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Design Tips for Your Kitchen Trash Pullout

Design Tips for Your Kitchen Trash Pullout

Traditional Kitchen Trash Cans by Wellesley Hills Kitchen & Bath Designers Architectural Kitchens Inc. The home kitchen continues to evolve to meet our ever-changing needs and wants. Today, we’re as likely to have a TV or computer in the kitchen as a microwave or breadmaker. The "kitchen work triangle’ – the relationship between refrigerator-range-sink remains […]

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Stonehaven’s Bow-Roof Greenhouse

Stonehaven’s Bow-Roof Greenhouse

My previous post – The Recycling Cycle – paid tribute to our former greenhouse as an inspirational example of a DIY project made with mostly recycled materials. Today I’ll share the history of how it came to live at Stonehaven. We called it "The Greenhouse" – but it really served us more as a storage […]

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The Recycling Cycle

The Recycling Cycle

Stonehaven’s Greenhouse – our most unusual and useful landmark – is gone. R.I.P. Even though it outlived its life expectancy by nearly a decade, we knew it was becoming more vulnerable with each passing year. The winter winds of 2012-2013 struck the fatal blow to our beloved greenhouse – built from mostly recycled and repurposed […]

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How to Attach Crown Mouldings to Frameless Cabinets

How to Attach Crown Mouldings to Frameless Cabinets

I just had  a very good question from a reader on my "Cabinet Crown Moulding Tips" post so I figured the best way to answer her was with another post. They’ve just installed new frameless cabinets themselves and have now reached the point of adding the crown moulding. Her question was related to the various […]

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Yes, You Can Have Shelves in Pocket Door Cabinets

Yes, You Can Have Shelves in Pocket Door Cabinets

Cabinets with pocket doors are more popular than ever these days. We use them to hide everything from small countertop appliances to washers and dryers to TVs and cable boxes. In many cases the door conceals a single open space and the door(s) slide in beside or above whatever we’re trying to conceal. But can […]

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The Art of Gravelling a Driveway

The Art of Gravelling a Driveway

If you live in the city or the suburbs your driveway is likely to be surfaced with asphalt, concrete pavers or at the very least, a respectable layer of crushed rock. But hey, I live in an old farmhouse 300 feet from the road so the gravel driveway with a grass centre strip is the […]

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Handibot – Portable CNC Power Tool

Handibot – Portable CNC Power Tool

If you haven’t seen this cool tool yet, you’re probably gonna see it hit the DIY market soon. The Handibot is a portable, digitally-controlled tool that can cut, carve or drill programmed shapes anywhere you want – floor wall, ceiling – you name it. This is a close cousin to the personal 3-D printers that […]

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YouBuild – Mass Customized Furniture

YouBuild - Mass Customized Furniture

Imagine being able to go online and order high-quality, ready-to-assemble wood furniture, customized the way you want it. A local woodworking shop downloads your order, cuts the pieces, packages it with all the hardware and delivers it to your door. That’s now a reality with YouBuild. Thanks to innovative ideas like combining online shopping, distributed […]

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