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Building a Deck of Cards

One of my friends grew up playing card games with her dad and has very fond memories of doing so. As hes gotten older, he has lost the ability to be able to hold a fan of cards in a hand in front of him, and its been years since they played card games together. So she came up with an idea and asked me to help her build it. This is what we did. Simply, we took a 2×4 and cut 54 – 1″ chunks and then trimmed a …

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A Hammock Inside?! Yes, Please.

My wife and I love hammocks, and I had an idea… Lets put one inside. At first, my wife was like “you’re crazy, but if you can do it so that it looks really nice, go for it.” So I did. I put a lot of thought into where it would go and how it would hang and how to adjust it and how to make it so you can get it out of the way easily. Here’s what I’ve got: Besides a hammock you’ll need the following: On one …

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Garden & Raised Bed Design

The day we moved into our new house, I started planning where the garden was going. I knew I wanted pretty raised beds and a unique style. (not just the big 4’x8′ beds you see all over) I came up with this idea for ‘4-corner’ approach with a pond in the middle and started building. Each of the 4 corners is 8′ long at the longest sides, and then 4′ on the shorter 4 sides. So each box gives me 48 square feet of planting space. The walk ways in …

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9′ Sliding Door Made From Old Ship Deck

Our house has a “wing” upstairs that my wife and I wanted to use for dedicated guest rooms. Its two bedrooms and a bathroom with a hallway connecting everything. The only problem is that the hallway has this huge opening that leads into the main living room, which kinda kills the privacy we wanted people to have. So we built a door. A really, really big door. This thing is 9′ tall, 4′ wide, and weighs about 100 lbs. I’ve seen tons of sliding doors on Pinterest and thought “I …

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Garage Workbench

When we moved into our new house a few years ago, we basically just filled up the garage with boxes and boxes of stuff, creating a very unusable room. This desperately needed a solution. I love to tinker and work on small projects and I wanted a well designed, good looking workbench to do these things on. Up until this workbench, I’ve been just spreading out on the garage floor on top of some cardboard and killing my back. This back corner looked like a prime spot for a redo. …

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Hatching Quail

Hatching quail eggs is MUCH easier than I thought it would be. About 6 months ago, I was buying some new chicken chicks and while I was looking at them, I saw another room FULL of quail. Just thousands of them. I didnt really know much about quail, but the folks that owned the place were super helpful and spent a lot of time explaining how to take care of them. Very similar to chickens, except these little guys can really fly, so you need to have a different enclosure …

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Essential Oils Rack

So my wife has gotten into essential oils for treating minor ailments and for diffusing to make the place smell good. As we get more and more bottles of oils, we were running out of places to put them. We started looking for solutions to this problem and there are a lot of terrible, terrible designs out there, so I decided to make my own. They sit on french cleats on the wall so you can grab a shelf and take it somewhere else for a while. Let me know …