X Base Dining Table

Floating Mirror Shelf

DIY Fake Fireplace

DIY Wooden Lantern

How to build a GORGEOUS wood lantern!

I had the hardest time this year deciding on Christmas gifts to give my grandparents and my boss this last year.  They all like when I make them something, but I didn’t know what in the world they would like me to make and didn’t want to fill their homes with useless junk they feel obligated to keep because I made it for them.  Been there, done that before.  You guys do not want to see what I gave people…

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Woodshop Diaries First Year as a Real Blog–2016 Year Review

2016 Year in Review--My first REAL year of blogging

Before I tell you all about 2016, let me take you back to 2013 real quick.  You’ll understand why in a few more paragraphs. . So, cue the cheesy music and swirly special effects to take you back those three years and picture this.  It’s summer…blazing hot.  I’m in a tiny garage in a nice subdivision (with the garage door open by the way) on my hands and knees crying because I just broke the glass I had been painting…

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DIY Grinch Pillow–A Pottery Barn Knock-Off

Check out this awesome Grinch Pillow--a Pottery Barn Knock Off!

My favorite, only sister loves the Grinch a whole lot. I, on the other hand, do not. But she wanted this pillow with all it’s sequins and shine, I thought she was silly, the price was so high! . But, her birthday was coming and I knew what to wrap, I searched for the pillow, but they were all gone in a snap! What can I do, they are all sold out? So I brainstormed and pondered and let out a shout! .…

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DIY Interior French Doors

I’m back with a building project–FINALLY after all this Christmas stuff. I’m sure some of you are glad that’s over with right?  Joke’s on you, though, because I have one more Christmas post for the year to show you later.  But it will be fun, so stick around.  If you’ve been hating the Christmas thing (I figure there are always a few), bear with me.  I’m back in the shop this week, so I have some fun things coming 🙂…

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Christmas Home Tour 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016--Woodshop Diaries

 It’s finally that time of the year when the turkey is put away and Christmas is in full swing!  The tree is up and the stockings are hung and I don’t feel guilty in the least for the fact that my tree has actually been up for a couple weeks.  (Please no judgmental looks from all of you on team don’t put your tree up before Thanskgiving.)  And I’m so excited to finally be able to give you guys a…

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5 Minute Christmas Swags–Because Every Room Could Use Some Swag

Give Your Doors Some Swag with This Five Minute Decoration!

I’m all about these 5 minute Christmas decorations this week, you guys.  For real, my attention span when it comes to decorating is like 3 minutes, so by the time we are at five minutes, if we aren’t done, I’ve already mentally moved onto a new project…one that probably involves demo or table saws. . So these quick little projects are my jam this year with my Christmas décor.  Speaking of jamming, do yourself a favor and buy Chicago’s Christmas…

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the DIYer–All Under $10!

It’s the most stressful time of the year!!!  It’s Christmas!!!  And the stores are crowded and the traffic is awful and you have no idea what to get Aunt Sally or Uncle Bill.  Or your nieces and nephews.  Or anyone else on your list for that matter?  Or is that just me? . But, it’s cool, you guys, I’m here to help!  All year long, I’ve been making notes on little things that I would love to find in my…

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