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  • How to Measure and Cut Stair Treads
    installing a new wood stair tread

    The trickiest part of installing stair treads is often cutting them to fit perfectly between the walls or baseboard. The Perfect Fit Stair Tread and Shelf Gauge makes it easy to measure the length of the tread and determine the angles of the sides walls at the same time. The gauge adjust to match the length. And, if the side walls are not perpendicular to the tread, the gauge also adjusts to match the angles of the side walls. It works with treads from 28" to 48" long.

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  • Make a DIY Kubb Yard Game Set
    diy kubb yard game pieces

    How to make a Kubb yard game set. Kubb is a popular lawn game. It is sometimes described as a Viking chess game. The name Kubb is pronounced similar to koob. Kubb lawn game is played with wood blocks and wood batons. While Kubb’s origins are obscured by the passing of years — a lot of years— it seems most likely it was invented in Scandinavia more than a thousand years ago. The Kubb game spread throughout much of northern Europe. Originally the playing pieces were likely firewood. As with many such folk traditions, the rules varied with the region and the period of time. It can be played with anywhere from one to six on a team.

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  • Make a DIY Porch Swing

    Carefree summer porch swing

    How to make a porch swing for your home. This DIY porch swing features a contoured seat and back, plus cup holders on each arm, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cool drink. If you’ve ever built an Adirondack chair or a simple picnic table, you’ve got the skills you need to make one of these swings for your special outdoor getaway.

    This porch swing can be hung from a porch ceiling that features a minimum of 2x6 framing rafters. If you don’t have a porch, a sturdy horizontal tree limb could offer another hanging option, or you could build a freestanding framework or arbor to install the swing practically anywhere in your yard or garden. The porch swing pictured was made 4/4 African mahogany. But cedar, cypress, white oak or redwood would be other good choices, too.

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  • File Cabinet Project Plan
    walnut and black stain file cabinet

    Tax season is here and I quickly realized how much I needed a filing cabinet. So I designed and built one to fit under my desk that also matches the black and walnut aesthetics in my office. For this build, I used ash that’s stained black for the case and drawer boxers, and then used walnut for the drawer front.

    The case is made from 3/4” ash and walnut lumber that I got from Rockler.

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