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Wireless Inductive Phone Charger

  For many modern phones, wireless charging is now a reality. A large amount of current Android phones have this ability (iphones do not yet…. sad day) and if yours does, you can build this super cool bedside or desk dock for your phone. You only need a few parts and block of wood. Before we dig in, lets quickly look at the pro’s and con’s of wireless charging and why you might want to tackle this project. Let’s get started. For parts, you’ll need the following: Start by cutting …

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Headphones Stand

My wife and I use headphones quite a bit and sometimes they just get in the way laying around on a desk when you’re trying to do something. So this quick and easy build provides a dedicated place for them to hang in the corner where they are both easily accessible and out of the way. So if you’ve got a few parts and a couple hours, you can put this together real quick. This is a quick build. There are just a couple of steps.   Cut each board …

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Retractable Jewelry Shelf

  My wife didn’t really have a “good” storage place for jewelry, and she had to go out of town for a few days, so I thought I’d make a place for her to store some rings, earrings, and necklaces that would be a dedicated spot close to where she gets ready in the morning. I scoured the internet for cool ideas and settled on modifying an existing plan that I found. The original shelf is called the “secret floating shelf” located on rogueengineer.com. The spot where this shelf needed …

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Pipe Pour Over Coffee Maker

If you’ve read some of our previous posts, you’ll have noticed a trend. People in our house love coffee. So this design isn’t anything particularly groundbreaking or original here, but I saw some neat concepts similar to this and thought “I’d like to give that a go.” So without further ado: the Pipe Pour Over. First: Cut the board down to size. For mine, I used a 2″ x 10″ x 16″ piece and it’s definitely on the larger size. I ultimately added in a coffee filter holder on the …

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Steel & Wood Coffee Shelf

My wife and I love coffee. And not just “good” coffee… I’ll drink any kind of coffee. It doesn’t have to be grown in the Himalayas to make me happy.  French press, Starbucks, Keurig’s, percolator over a campfire… I don’t care. So in our quest to learn how to make good coffee at home (because it’s WAY cheaper to do so), we end up stocking up on a lot of coffee beans and bags and containers. This little project was a way to organize all that next to our coffee …

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Fountain and Pond Design

I’ve always been fascinated with ponds but a huge, in-ground pond wouldn’t fit or work well with our simple backyard landscaping, so I came up with the idea of adding a pond in the middle of our raised beds with the same look and layout to complement them. Hence the stained wood frame. Building a pond is not really that difficult, but it does require a good part of a Saturday and quite a bit of digging. It doesn’t look deep in the picture, but it goes down below ground …

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Notification Board

So my wife and I share a google calendar, and she does a pretty good job of putting things on there that we have scheduled to do, but my main problem with the system is that I forget to look at the calendar app in the mornings and am generally reminded about an event when its time to go. So I needed something that could help me stay on top of our calendar without putting in more effort than the bare minimum to do so. So I did a project …