Wed, Apr 3 - 2019
     Raised beds are a great way to get into gardening, you get all the benefits of fresh veggies, but skip the toilsome bending over to pull weeds and harvest the crops. They also help keep some pesky critters away that would love to eat your produce. I built three raised beds in my front yard. The design is super basic just a rectangle with 4x4s in the corners, and 1x4s running along the sides. I made my raised beds about six by four, and around thirty inches tall.

Material/Cut list.
4 @ 4x4x36
4 @ 1x4x72
4 @ 1x4x52
2 @ 2x4x72
Thu, Mar 21 - 2019
     When I bought my house I realized that I needed a bed, or rather a better bed, but I couldn't fit a normal box spring into my car, and I wasn't about to pay for delivery, so I did what any sane person would do, built my own. If you want to build your own here are some simple instructions and a material list to go along with the video I made of the process. These plans are for a queen sized mattress, but can be easily tweaked for different size mattresses.

     The support for the mattress is made out of two eighty...
Tue, Jan 29 - 2019

Material/Cut list:
8 @2x4x36" for the legs.
12 @ 2x4x22" for the side cross members and table supports.
6 @ 2x4x48" for the front and back cross members.
2 @ 2x8x33" for the saw support.
2 @ 1/2x24x48 for the table tops.
4 @ 1x4x48" for the fences.
2 48" T-tracks

Start by building the leg assemblies, each will use two 36" and two 22" 2x4s. With four leg assemblies built connect them with three 48" 2x4s. Use two on the top and a single on the bottom back side. If you want to put a shelf on these you can simple add an extra 48"...
Fri, Jan 4 - 2019

     I recently had the opportunity to help out somebody on the #minetest IRC channel. He was having trouble compiling Minetest on his Raspberry Pi. After trying to help him for an hour or two I got personally invested in the project. I have a few Pi's myself, mostly used for media players throughout the house, but I had a new one that I hadn't fully setup yet. I decided there was no better way to help somebody out than to try compiling myself to see exactly what the errors were. Following the instructions on the wiki I installed most of the dependencies, though I had...

Sun, Jul 8 - 2018
     One of the difficult parts of using Meshes in Minetest for nodes has always been figuring out the collision/selection boxes. Many times it's possible to just use a full node collision box for nodes smaller than a full box, but sometimes you need more precision. In the past I always used the trial and error approach. Change one value, launch the game, place the node, and see which face moved and how much more it needs to be moved. Rinse and repeat, for all six faces, objects that had more than one collision box just meant that I needed to do more cycles to get everything...
Fri, Apr 27 - 2018
This blog post is meant to accompany my video here. These are plans for a bathroom shelf, with a toilet paper holder on the left side, three shelves for storing things, and a towel bar.
Your available space will dictate what sizes you can make the shelf, but I built mine four feet tall and a little over two feet wide. The back board is made out of six three foot 1x4s and one thirty-eight inch 1x4. The boards are each placed two inches higher than the board to the left.
The boards for the sides are all 1x6s 36", 30" and 28" from left to right. A 24" 1x6 is placed flush with...
Fri, Apr 13 - 2018

     This is a very simple project, with just a few angle cuts. I recommend using a Chop-saw to cut the lumber to length, but if you don't have one, a circular saw or even a Jigsaw would work. I used webbing under the cushions that form the seat, but you could use plywood instead. If you do use plywood you can ignore the 1x2s that I used, as they are completely unnecessary when using a plywood base. Start by cutting everything to size, if you are making a sofa that is less than eight feet wide adjust the lengths of the boards accordingly. The first set of three...
Sat, Feb 17 - 2018
     This blog post accompanies my youtube video about building a 2x4 workbench. If you didn't come here from there you should check it out. A 2x4 workbench is super easy to build, and super sturdy, well assuming you use quality lumber to build it. What I love about this design is that there are no complicated cuts, and only three or four different lengths you need to cut your lumber too.

Each color represents a specific size that you need. Here are the sizes I used, but of course you can modify sizes to fit you space and liking.
The BLUE cross members are...
Sat, Feb 10 - 2018

     I built a deck box several months ago, as I was tired of having the delivery people just leave stuff sitting in front of the front and back door, I thought if there was a nice little box at the front door they would put packages in it, well I was wrong, it's never been used, but it still deserves a blog post, and a youtube video.
     The box is simply built, with just 2x4s, and as such is easily scalable to any size you might want to build. The upper and lower rings are made of four boards that are cut to the same length, and then held up with some...

Sun, Feb 4 - 2018
     I built myself a custom computer desk, as I had a very specific size I wanted, and didn't feel like paying a lot of money to buy something, especially as I could build something that would last longer than anything I could buy, and cost much less money. If you want to see an overview video you can check that out here. This blog post won't cover so much the build process, but rather will provide the sizes of the parts.
     The finished desk will looking something like this image.

As you can see it's really a very simple build. Two supports...


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