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Build Your Basement Bar for Under $150

A friend of mine recently asked me for design ideas and construction assistance for a full-sized that bar he is planning for his basement. Although I am excited to be helping conceive and construct this grand bar, I also recognize that some spaces and budgets may not fit a traditional bar. In this quick note,…

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Antique Bread Tray Coffee Table

While cleaning out a storage space, I came upon an old oak bread tray. The type that bakeries used to deliver fresh bread to the stores before the advent of the stackable plastic versions.  I think we acquired it at an auction or estate sale, probably because it was old and unique. But eventually, it ended…

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Woodbridge Speaker Stands

To complete my collection of Woodbridge-style furniture and accessories, I completed the design and construction of a pair of speaker stands that will allow me to position my studio monitors on either side of the credenza, at proper ear level. The project was simple and quick, copying the design of the Woodbridge coat rack. As…

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Reviving a Tired Oak File Cabinet

I have had an old oak 4-drawer file cabinet in storage for a number of years waiting for the right time to restore it, or perhaps make it better than it ever was. With a little sandpaper, some wood glue, stain and sealer, what was probably a file cabinet in a 1960’s office turns into…

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How to build and attach a fireplace mantle

As part of our continued house update project, we decided to have the original fireplace mantle removed and to add a stacked stone wall and new mantle. I wanted to continue the rustic theme that we have been following and decided to select a couple of pieces of 2×8 oak from my reclaimed barn wood…

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Cricket Cottage Media Stand

I hate to waste good wood, or even bad wood for that matter.  Yes, I have even gone to the extreme of re-sawing Cherry firewood, instead of burning it, to make small boxes and trays.  So feeling the need to repurpose a 5’x8′ birch island top that I made as a temporary during the Cricket Cottage…