Recently, a friend was shopping for a gift for her parents who had just downsized from their house to a smaller apartment. They had always liked the fireplace they once had and were now also in need of a multimedia cabinet to house their TV/Audio equipment. So, trying to satisfy both of these needs, my friend sent me a picture she had found on the internet that seemed to do the trick.. It was a faux "fake" fireplace that doubled as a cabinet. Follow along as I convert the picture to reality.
Doll houses have been around for several centuries and most people who have enjoyed growing up with them have fond memories of the many hours they spent with their imaginary families. Today, not only are parents still shopping for doll houses for their children, but there are also adults who collect them as a hobby.
Doll houses can be anything from a simple 1 storey structure with a couple of rooms, to more elaborate multi-floor structures costing thousands of dollars with windows, working doors and even lighting.
Whether you are a hobbyist woodworker or a seasoned professional, setting the price for an item you have completed or plan to fabricate can sometimes seem like a form of black magic. Some of you may have seen formulas that base your price solely on the cost of materials multiplied by a certain factor. This may work for some of you, but for most of us, doing a more elaborate calculation may uncover opportunities to be more competitive and possibly even make more money. This is not to say that with more experience you can't develop your own formula that will greatly simplify the pricing process and get you to where you want to be. But with a more detailed analysis, you will at least understand everything that goes into the making of your masterpiece.
There always seems to be a need for a decorative or functional table. With the increased popularity of using recycled and reclaimed materials in green design, building a table from reclaimed lumber can yield a very nice addition to your home decor. Follow along and see how I built this relatively easy project from pine boards originally destined for the burn pile.
Coat racks range from a simple nail in the wall to more elaborate devices. They provide a handy place to hang our coats, hats, umbrellas and keys and are often found hiding throughout the house. Whether used in our home's entrance, our kitchen for hanging hand towels, the bathroom for storing our towels and housecoat, the workshop for storing our shop apron and dust mask - coat racks are everywhere.