Category Archives: Woodworking

DIY Emerson Dresser – How To Build

When building my Kendal Extra Wide Dresser, I was also simultaneously building another smaller Emerson 3 drawer dresser.  This classic dresser style is so versatile and can be used in just about any setting for either children or adults and is a great project for someone just getting into woodworking with maybe one or two previous projects under their belt.  While I stained the Kendal dresser for a more rustic look, my plan for the Emerson is to paint it white and give it to my daughter to compliment her multi-colored room!

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Rustic Farmhouse Bed – Reader Projects!

***Update***  I’m trying to get as many reader photos as I can up on my Facebook page, so check out for other reader projects.  They look great!!! ***

I confess I’m a little late getting this post up, but I wanted to highlight one of my reader’s rustic farmhouse bed projects since it turned out so nice!  Ronnie was also the reader that inspired me to rework the original queen sized plan into a king size rustic bed plan. Continue reading

DIY Harbor View Desk & Hutch Knockoff Plan

Harbor View Desk Exploded

Now that I’ve gotten her windows replaced and room painted (lots of funky, girly colors), my daughter has been asking for a desk to do her school work. “This will be easy,” I thought, “a couple file cabinets and an old door on its side will be perfect!” Not exactly what she had in mind… ah, the difference between boys and girls… Continue reading

Build a Mega Spice Rack


I’ve been searching all over the place for a spice rack that can actually hold a bunch of spices.  I’m convinced that the spice rack manufacturers don’t actually cook anything, because if they did, they’d realize that the racks they make and sell at the big box retailers only hold about 25% of the spices any cook really has!  And that’s not counting all the duplicates I bought because I couldn’t see in the cabinet where they’ve all fallen over and rolled behind all the other stuff that was crammed in there! Continue reading

Awesome DIY Cork Art Project


I’ve been saving wine corks for as long as I can remember.  I can’t bring myself to throw them away – the natural ones – because I just think they’re cool.  I even find myself picking bottles of wine based on which ones have real corks vs. synthetic.  There’s something tactile and visceral about them that totally intrigues me, from the smell of the wine-soaked end to the elastic resistance I feel when I roll them about with my fingers, to the almost limitless variation of patterns and colors.  And I’m amazed by the fact that cork comes from trees and start out living and organic. Continue reading