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The Anthro bookcase

The Anthro bookcase
Have you ever seen something in a catalog, gawked at the price tag, and thought ‘I could totally make that?‘ That was my reaction to this bookcase in the Anthro catalog. Cool vintage books, beautiful bookcase, but why the heck does it cost $1400? So I set off to make my own. At first, I thought I could just buy a big piece of birch plywood and get the guys at Home Depot to chop it down to the many individual pieces. I had my dad cut several pieces of wood at these heights (below). To determine how many pieces I needed at each height, I measured the spine of the cookbooks we had at home. I sanded all the pieces with super fine sandpaper. Then it came down to gluing and staining the case. The wood was actually kind of tough to glue together, because all the interior segments are different heights. So the steps were: glue, wait 24 hours, then stain. I haven’t had a lot of experience with wood glue or stain, but I learned that I should be more careful with the glue. This post was featured on Related:  DIY Projects

The ugly side of creativity...and an Anthro knockoff Good Day everyone! I hope you had a great week. I promised myself minimal blogging this weekend as we celebrate the Family Day long weekend here in Ontario. Even though I truly believe that family should be celebrated and enjoyed every single day, this weekend is for the kiddies so it's a quick post today... (a peek into my sketch book) Art is my passion and in it I find release and happiness. But I also find calmness and peace in a clean and organized space which clashes with my creative mind because... But in my defense (honey), I don't have a crafting space to call my own. A few weeks ago, I shared some inspiration pictures on my FB page of linen closets converted into craft areas and I hope to accomplish that in the weeks to come. Enter my Antrho knockoff.... That's suppose to say 'yarn', but you get the idea... You will need: Yarn white and other colour of choice Hot glue gun Tin cans or pot Cotton rope - Wrap white yard around rope and secure with hot glue Here they are side by side.

Turn A Bar of Soap Into Liquid Hand Soap I have a confession to make: I hate bar soap. It gets dirty, is annoying to handle, and takes too long to use up. Despite this, people like to give me bar soap as a gift, which I feel guilty not using. So I’ve been buying liquid hand soap at $3 a bottle and putting the bar soap in a box with the intention of finding a use for it. Then it occurred to me that I might be able to convert the bar soap into liquid hand soap. So I tried it and was thrilled to find that it works great! Glycerin is made from plant oils and is commonly used in soaps, shampoos, and moisturizers. Ingredients: 1 c soap flakes 10 c water 1 Tbs glycerin Equipment: Cheese grater A large pot Measuring cup and spoons A spatula for stirring A soap container with a hand pump A container to hold excess soap Funnel Directions: First, grate the soap. One bar of soap yielded a little over 1.5 cups of flakes. In a large pot, combine 1 cup soap flakes, 10 cups water, and 1 Tbs glycerin. You can also use this soap as body wash.

DIY Moss Bath Mat Moss Bath Mat How awesomely fun is this! You can create you own Moss Bath Mat that gets water from the steam in your bathroom as well as from you when you dry off! Make sure to place the mat directly outside of your tub or shower like you would any other mat. Supplies:Plastazote Foam Roll Scissors X-ACTO Knife Stencil Hot Glue Gun Assorted moss plugs Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4.. 5. 6. 7. The Kurtz Corner: DIY Rustic Wine Rack How awesome is that wine rack? My Hubby built it for me! I think my craftiness has rubbed off on him. He's definitely more crafty / handy with the tools than when I first started dating him. Materials- 1 wood pallet - 1 - 1x4x8 white wood- 48 - 2 in wood screws (24 per rack)- 80 grade sandpaper- wood stains - light and dark (your preference)- hand held jig saw- reciprocating saw- miter saw- paint brush- hammer- 1/8 drill bit- power drill- clamps - wood glue This is a new type of project for The Kurt Corner, so I will do my best to be as detailed as possible, since we kind of forgot to take pictures along the way. (Note: all areas needing screws are pre-drilled with a 1/8 in bit and all cut areas should be stained with lighter stain) For this project, you will need a pallet without blocks, this IS what you want...NOT this kind. Next, lay out the boards you just removed and beat the crap out of them with a hammer! You will need two stains for this next step.

untitled Hidden Passage Doorways | Forgotten Space Concept Doors | Builder Doors Creative Building Resources is the home of Hidden Passage Doorways & Forgotten Space Concepts. We build hidden doors, bookcase doors, secret doors bookshelf in doors, passages and passageway hidden behind doors with book shelves built in seamlessly. All hidden doors fit into standard door openings, or can replace an existing doors. Hidden doors and bookcase doors can be also be used for an entertainment center or pantrys. All pictures and printed material are copyrighted and can not be reproduced without CBR's permission.

Atomic Shrimp - Swing-Out Tool Bar Swing-Out Tool Bar Space is almost always at a premium in a woodworking shop. Especially when it comes to wall space. So I’m always looking for ways to "increase" the usable space I have. That’s the idea behind this wall-mounted tool bar shown in the drawing at right. Besides holding a number of hand tools, the bar swings out from the wall. The tool bar consists of three parts: a pivot arm with a number of holes drilled in it to hold the tools, a pair of support blocks that “sandwich” the arm between them, and a mounting plate that attaches to the wall. Before assembling the tool bar, I cut an arc on the outside end of each support block and on both ends of the pivot arm. Tightening a lock nut on the end of the bolt so it’s just snug holds the arm in place, yet still allows it to pivot. Have a nice weekend, Bryan Nelson Online Editor, ShopNotes

General Finishes Wood Care and Finishing Products Online Store Hello Guest - Login/Register Info & Techniques > Preparation Begin with the end in mind Basic sanding preparation Sanding tutorial (only for those that want to know more) Colour selection Other preparation The tools you need Work area tips Begin with the end in mind Wood finishing is fun and easy. If you are an experienced wood finisher, refer to our retail brochures for quick and simple finishing instructions. The most critical part of finishing a piece of furniture happens before you open a can of stain or paint. Tips for kit (unassembled) furniture: If you are assembling furniture, do so with an eye to the finished product. Whether the project is a ready to finish piece of furniture, a freshly stripped old antique, a kit that needs assembly, now is the time to make minor repairs and do the finish sanding. Sanding preparation We cannot stress enough that you must have a strong base of proper sanding to achieve the perfect finish!! Make fast work of prep sanding! Colour Selection Work Area Tips

Kitchen Cutlery Chandelier Kitchen Cutlery Chandelier Create a shabby chic kitchen chandelier… The shabby chic trend is all the rage. Its combination of vintage chic with modern utilitarianism is up-to-the-minute and easy to achieve. Project Process in steps Step 1 Buy three x 1 metre strips of aluminium flat bar 2 mm thick by 25 mm wide to make the three rings of the chandelier. Step 2 Measure the external circumference of all the hoops and note down their sizes. Step 3 Firstly make the centre aluminium disc for the crown which will take the support rods from the large hoop. Step 4 Returning to the hoops, at the quarter points, weld a 4 mm thick aluminium rod 230 mm long to the inside of the hoop, above the hole you have drilled. Step 5 Cut a groove with the Dremel® 8200 fitted with the SpeedClic Metal Cutting Wheel SC456 on the top of each hoop at each of the marked up segments. Step 6 Use the holes drilled earlier in the link rings. Step 7 Next buy a chandelier ceiling rose and chain. Other Supplies

Glass Act: How To Back Paint Glass: Annoyed by the high cost of back-painting and installing the glass behind her gas range, this adventurous renovator took on the task herself. DIY | When Terri Brand- mueller renovated her Vancouver kitchen awhile ago, she thought a lot about how the surface materials and finishes would look when viewed together. She had dark wood and white laminate cabinets; butcher-block countertops and a solid beech island; and stainless steel appliances—everything set against a backdrop of white beadboard wallpaper. What was missing, she figured, was a serious splash of colour, and the surface behind the range seemed like the perfect place to put it. This is how she hit upon the idea of installing the light-reflecting sheet of glass pictured here, back-painted ocean blue. How Brandmueller Got Her Back-Guard Not one to shy away from DIY projects, Brandmuller researched how to back-paint glass on the Internet and concluded she could do that part herself. Photo: Casey Phaisalakani

15+ DIY Backsplash Ideas & Tutorials: {For The Kitchen} Here’s a bunch of different ideas for updating the kitchen backsplash wall, nearly all come with detailed instructions for how to complete the job yourself. There’s a little bit of everything in this collection (ceramic tile, painted glass, pebbles, brick, etc.) with some pretty nifty (and thrifty) ideas. As always, I’ll be adding to this project list as I find new goodies. Have fun! Wallpaper Backsplash: Looking for a budget DIY? Bead Board Panels: No tutorial provided but I included it in this list for inspiration, I think it looks great! Painted Glass: Here’s a tip to spray paint the back of a sheet of glass with multiple coats of Krylon in the color of your choice. Framed Prints: Photocopy images of your choosing then frame in flexible-glass frames. Subway Tile How-To: Cheap and easy project using simple white subway tiles. Vinyl Photo Backsplash: Ermmm, hmmm.

DIY Floating Wood Shelves! - Yellow Brick Home Without a doubt, the most important component of our workshop will be – scratch that, is – the ability for heavy-duty storage. For almost two years, we’ve been tripping over power tools and our bulky air compressor, wading through paint cans (only to realize the can we need is at the bottom of a 10-can stack) and digging through cardboard boxes to find the fine grit sandpaper. It’s a miracle anything was ever accomplished in this house at all! Finally, we have some shelves! After making a list of all the easy access items we’d like to store in the workshop (vs. what’ll end up going in the garage), we calculated and re-calculated how many shelves we’d need, how high they’d go and how much space they’ll allow. For anyone who wants to take on this same project, your shopping list will vary depending on the width of your shelves, but here’s what we bought for four 6′ wide, wall-to-wall floating shelves: WHAT WE DID. Now, let’s talk about those plywood sheets! You guys!