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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Bats Put the Bite on Mosquitoes

Bats Put the Bite on Mosquitoes

Are you afraid of bats? Don’t want them anywhere near you, your kids or your yard? You might want to think twice about vilifying these beneficial flying friends. Because a single bat can eat 500 – 1000 mosquitoes an hour. I was reminded about the benefits and the bad reputation that follows these mosquito eaters […]

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Business Opportunity for Woodworker/Beekeepers

Business Opportunity for Woodworker/Beekeepers

Build your own business making and selling BeeMates. If you’ve been to Stonehaven Life before you may have seen my BeeMate Beekeeping Workbench woodworking plans. You may have even purchased the plans and built your own. Now I’m offering a great part-time business opportunity that you can start in a small garage workshop and build […]

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Kitchen Planning – On Pets & Pantries

Kitchen Planning – On Pets & Pantries

A few years ago, our good friends Bill & Martha got married. After spending a couple of years commuting between two separate multi-pet households in different communities, they began the process of consolidating into one home. This meant a rather extensive renovation to Martha’s modest house, involving everything from replacing the creative, but woefully inadequate […]

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Don’t Throw That Out!

Don’t Throw That Out!

I have a friend who’s a retired beekeeper and all-around do-it-yourselfer. Having grown up on a farm and worked in the home renovation business, he’s often said to me, "Don’t throw anything out. Ever." While there are a lot exceptions I can think of to his blanket statement, the underlying truth is, we can’t always […]

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Stonehaven Garden Planting Cart – Woodworking Plans

Stonehaven Garden Planting Cart – Woodworking Plans

The Stonehaven Garden Planting Cart is a unique multi-purpose tool designed for small backyard or patio gardens and greenhouses – and a great woodworking project. This lightweight cedar cart has a 15" deep well for compost or potting soil. The 51/2" high compost screen allows you to sift your garden compost directly into the cart […]

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Replacing a Stair Runner

Replacing a Stair Runner

After 18 years of living with a 1950’s-era vinyl stair runner with dubious health and safety issues, we finally decided it was time to make it go away. One of the motivating factors was hoping to enable our 4 year old greyhound to climb the stairs on her own. We figured the vinyl was just […]

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Woodworking: Pick a Pocket Joint

Woodworking: Pick a Pocket Joint

Like most DIYers, I’m not a master woodworker…not by a long shot. While I fully appreciate the inherent beauty and strength of well-crafted dovetail, mortise & tenon, and dowel joints, I’m just not that committed to traditional joinery when there’s a faster and easier solution – like pocket joints. So am I guilty of woodworking […]

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Comparing Solar Air Heater Designs & Performance

Comparing Solar Air Heater Designs & Performance

In my last post – Solar Heat: Free for the Taking, I covered some of the background information on how to take advantage of the sun’s energy to help heat your home. Building a solar air heater is an easy and rewarding project for both beginner or experienced DIYers and there are all kinds of […]

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Solar Heat: Free for the Taking

Solar Heat: Free for the Taking

Now that we’re into the coldest months of winter, I’ve noticed a jump in visits to a post I wrote a while back – 7 DIY Pop Can Solar Heaters. And I’m not surprised. We’re all looking for ways to shave a few bucks off the monthly heating bill and you can’t find a more […]

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