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How to Make Laundry Detergent 3 weeks ago

Let’s face it: some things  just aren’t fun to buy. Laundry detergent is one of them. Nobody likes buying it. Nobody spends hours shopping for just the right detergent, and if anyone does, well, they’re probably not my kind of people. Worst of all, it’s basically soap and water at a hyper-inflated price. So a long […]

A secret compartment book I made in about 10 minutes using a custom tool.

How to Make a Secret Compartment Book

Learn how to make a secret compartment book in a about 15 minutes using one simple trick!

A custom blade I made to hollow out a secret compartment book. It cuts through hundreds of paper pages with ease.

Make a Tool for Hollowing out a Secret Compartment Book

This article and the accompanying video explains how to make a tool for hollowing out a secret compartment book in minutes instead of hours with an Xacto!

Raspberry Suckers

Propagating Raspberries, Part 1: Digging out Suckers

If there’s one thing I love, it’s cheeseburgers.  But if there are two things I love, it’s cheeseburgers and fresh fruit! I can’t raise cows in town, but the good news is I’m pretty sure I can grow raspberries.  And if I can’t well… who wants to live in town anyway? Last year I planted […]

The full library of wood grain materials (fills) for Sketchup.

Wood Textures for Sketchup

Learn how to add a variety of wood grain textures to Sketchup 2014 and above!

A set of bench hooks made from two 12" scraps of 2 x 4.

Bench Hooks Inspired by Roy Underhill

I just had to show off the the bench hooks I built after watching Roy Underhill’s demonstration.


Upgrading a Dewalt DW735 Planer to a Shelix Cutterhead

I discuss how and why to upgrade a Dewalt DW735 Planer to a Shelix segmented cutter.

A splice of NM cable made outside of a junction box.

Electrical Code Violations: Where’s Waldo of Bad Wiring

I discuss all of the electrical code violations I found in the walls when I remodeled my dining room. Learn electrical code on the go!

Smashing Pumpkins

Living with Garden Vandalism

In an effort to stay positive when faced with garden vandalism, I collected the seeds from my smashed pumpkins and am offering them free to area gardeners.


Gary Katz Introduces the Festool CT Wings

If you use Festool dust collection, this accessory turns your vacuum into a second set of hands to hold to the wall while you secure it.

Rugged Stair Treads Using Butterfly Keys

Decorative Stair Treads Made From Cracked Oak with Butterfly Keys

I’m showing off some woodwork that rides the line between rustic and fancy by using butterfly keys to secure a crack in reclaimed oak.