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DIY Rotating Bookshelves, Staircases and Trap Doors

DIY Rotating Bookshelves, Staircases and Trap Doors
Man makes trap door bookshelf – And teaches you how! Ever seen those hidden bookshelves in the Munsters or Scooby Doo? Always wanted one of your own? First up, we have two awesome rotating bookshelf tutorials. Popular mechanics has a neat article about a mechanical engineer who started a company which specializes in installing secret passageways. Related Tutorials:

Booze it Up! 13 Rad Recycled Bottle Crafts & Projects Got a recycling bin full of glass bottles? Why waste them when you could have a new table lamp, candle holder, shelving unit, hummingbird feeder, glass countertop, building block – even a whole glass-bottle house? Reuse beer, wine and liquor bottles for these 13 fun and creative crafts and upcycling projects ranging up to a recycled bottle home and garden. Wine Bottle Table Lamp (images via: wit and whistle) Turning any wine bottle into a table lamp is as simple as drilling a hole and inserting a strand of lights. Wine Bottle Candle Holder (image via: design sponge) How simple and elegant are these DIY wine bottle candle holders? Wine Bottle Shelves (images via: renest) Would you ever have thought of using wine bottles and slabs of wood to create a shelving unit? Bottle Trees (images via: recyclart, metaefficient, examiner) Turn your holiday tree into an ode to beer (or perhaps just a sparkling green alternative to a living tree) using reclaimed empty bottles. Beer Bottle Drinking Glasses

How to Repair Wooden Furniture Surfaces: Tips" Because veneer is only a thin layer of wood attached with glue to a solid base, it is very vulnerable to damage on wooden furniture. On old furniture, the glue that holds the veneer is often not water-resistant. Prolonged humidity or exposure to water can soften the glue, letting the veneer blister, crack, or peel. In most cases, as long as the veneer layer is basically in good shape, the thinness that makes it damage-prone also makes it easy to repair. Blisters Small blisters in veneer can usually be flattened with heat. To protect the surface, set a sheet of wax paper and then a sheet of smooth cardboard on the surface, and cover the cardboard with a clean cloth. Check the surface every few minutes or so as you work, and stop pressing as soon as the blisters have flattened. Large blisters must usually be slit, because the veneer has swelled. Be careful not to use too much glue. Loose Veneer First, remove the residue of old glue left on the back of the veneer and on the base wood.

rolled paper flowers {tutorial} | jones design company Welcome to flower week – five days of simple and delightful flower projects. I could probably do three weeks of flowers because there are so many different ways to create them, but I’ve limited it to five of my current favorites. Before we get started, let me make a few disclaimers: 1. 2. 3. Okay, so let’s begin. Here’s what you’ll need: :: paper {either cover or text weight} :: florist wire :: scissors, pencil, glue gun STEP ONE: cut irregular circle This circle is approximately 8 inches, but you can do any size you wish. STEP TWO: cut spiral Start at the outside edge and cut in a spiral fashion to the center. I like a sort of bumpy shape so that the petals end up a bit irregular If you aren’t so sure about your cutting skills, feel free to draw your spiral before cutting. To add a little interest to my bouquet, I used a variety of yellow scrapbook papers {my favorite is that yellow dot} STEP THREE: roll your blossom start at the outside edge and coil tightly STEP FOUR: release coil

Memorable Ways to Repurpose Old T-Shirts – Crafting a Green World Sewing Published on June 18th, 2010 | by Wenona Napolitano We all have them- those t-shirts we just can’t let go of. It could be a concert t-shirt from your favorite band, or a college shirt that remind you of the good ol’ days, or maybe it’s one of your child’s tiny tees that they’ve grown out of. But they don’t have to. If you have some craft and sewing skills you can turn your old t-shirts into upcycled, repurposed and memorable items. Like a pillow. There are instructions all over if you need them and Savvy Seams has a nice tutorial to turn a t-shirt into a zip off pillow cover to put over a form. Maiden Jane has a fancier tutorial for creating a pillow with the t-shirt and other fabric. If you have quite a few t-shirts you’d like to save, consider turning them into a quilt. I am considering collecting some of my kids old t-shirts and creating a quilt for each child. Goosetracks offers free DIY t-shirt quilt instructions and if you’re a non-sewer they offer quilt making services as well.

How To Give Veneer Tops New Life Chipped veneer is only part of the damage to this table edge. The layer between the tabletop and the finish veneer has come unglued, too. Veneer damage is a flaw you'll find commonly in old furniture, but one you can fix with surprisingly little trouble. “Veneer repair is an easy job for woodworkers of almost any skill level,” according to San Francisco furniture repair and refinishing wizard Jim Kull. “It just takes a few tools and some care.” With Jim's encouraging words in mind and his advice close at hand, we decided to give it a try. Spread glue between the layers with thin cardboard or plastic. Provide a solid base first Before we could repair the veneer, we had to get rid of the wrinkles in the crossbanding. Clamp the edge layers. Then, using an old business card, we spread liquid hide glue between the layers, as shown above. Cut away the bad veneer A simple guide and a router fitted with a straight bit make it easy to cut the old veneer back to a clean, straight edge.

Perfect Summer Bangle Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a message bangle that's one-of-a-kind, done in the sun, waterproof and weatherproof. Even after several trips to the beach, it won't fade or wash off! Essentially, it's the Perfect Summer Bangle. Used in this tutorial: Inkodye Red Prepare. Transcribe. Perfect. Pour. Brush. Wipe. Wrap. Tape. Expose. Develop. Cut. Reveal. Wash. Enjoy. Finished Object: Recycled Magazine Butterfly Collage « Peacock Chic I love magazines. LOVE THEM!! I go the bookstore on a regular basis to find new ones that peak my interest. Don’t let me start another hobby because I will have acquired every magazine about the subject in order to saturate myself with information. Last year I signed up for 4 magazine subscriptions in an effort to curtail my investment in individual magazines and curb my visits to the bookstore. However, when I saw the The Butterfly Project at LollyChop via Craftzine I knew that at least a small part of my magazine collection (read: very small) would find new life via a pretty display of color. I bought the frame from JoAnn’s and my BFF allowed me to use here Martha Stewart punches that she bought from Micheal’s so I did not have to buy a set of my own only to use one time which would have negated the whole reuse effort. The project actually took me a few days to complete. …and agonizing over proper placement and color combinations…LOL. All in all a fun, quick, crafty reuse project.

Carpentry 101 I am the teacher for carpentry 101; learn how to survive in the carpentry world. I’m going to give you some carpentry tips that’s going to blow your mind. You will never have to worry about being unemployed again. Remember that it’s “all mental before it becomes physical.” Lesson #1 Best Trade Ever Carpentry is the best trade to get into because our business is so versatile. Lesson #2 Stay Connected Stay connected with people in the basic carpentry trade, and don’t burn any bridges with people. I’m in the union I go to meetings and support them, the people that run the union don’t forget that, as a result they wont forget me when I’m not working and can use a union job, One hand washes the other. Lesson #3 Learn To Love Your Job The more passionate you become in basic carpentry the more it shows and the better you will become. In conclusion Love Your Job and let nothing discourage you. Carpentry 101 is open 24hrs 7 days a week check out this info on the carpenters union.

Tutorial: How to give glass furniture character! I have this turquoise table that I bought for $5.00 at the local thrift store. I refinished it in a previous post, and it sits in my family room. I like it, but I kept thinking that it needed a little something. My brothers both have etched glass in the past, and I loved how their projects turned out, so I decided to try it. Step 1: Find a pattern that you like. Step 2: Once you have your pattern picked out, you need to get contact paper (NOT wax paper…I used wax paper and it didn’t work very well) and lay contact paper on the top of the pattern. Step 3: Trace the pattern onto the contact paper. This is what it will look like after the tracing is complete. Step 4: Lay it on your glass to make sure that it fits the glass. Step 5: Turn the contact paper over and cover the pattern with painter’s tape. This is what it looks like on the other side. Step 6: Carefully, cut out the pattern. Step 7: This is the tricky part. Step 8: Buy an etching cream. Step 9. I love the end result! 545stumbleupon

Build a Twin over Full Simple Bunk Bed Plans PDF version How to convert the Simple Beds into a twin over full bunk. Ladder plans included. Handmade from this plan >> Dimensions Dimensions: Dimensions are shown above. General Instructions Make sure you measure your space before building. Step 1 Build the Top Bunk You will need to build a top bunk made up of two footboards. Step 2 Build the Bottom Bunk For the bottom bunk, you will need to build the Full Size Simple bed, but this time, build two headboards and no footboards. Step 3 Assembly Measure the location of the top bunk and mark it on the headers for the bottom bunk. Step 4 Ladder For the ladder, cut two 2x4s 64″ long, with both ends cut at 25 degrees off square parallel to each other. Guardrail plans area also available in the Twin Simple Bunk Plans. I've got the rose colored safety glasses on when it comes to building. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. And I'm going to add two more reasons why you should build for yourself. 6. Building is green. 7. I'm a little biased, I love building.