DIY Modern Scrap Table

Every time you make a piece you always end up with scraps! And I hate throwing away scraps. So I am always looking at ways to utilize them in some way. Recently I built some DIY Modern Deck Chairs that I absolutely love! And while building them I had to cut this cool angle on the side pieces and was left with some triangles. I knew when I started the DIY Modern Deck Chairs that I wanted to build a side table to go with them to set your drinks and whatever on, but didn't have a plan until I saw these scraps!!!

How To Install Drawer Fronts

Alright, alright, alright.... I am ready to tackle another step in my closet renovation, drawer fronts!!! Since this project is for me and I am doing it all in between clients builds I wanted to pick a material that would be quick and easy to work with. I thought about using 3/4" plywood for the drawers fronts, but then I wasn't sure on how well the edge banding would hold up with heavy everyday use. I like the idea of shaker style, but that is just a little bit too much work than I have time for right now. Then I thought how about solid pine, but then remembered how hard it is to find straight non warped pieces let alone 10 of them. So, I decided to go with some project panels from Lowes. They are made from pine and are fingered jointed together. They are probably made from all the scraps left over at the factory. But since they are small pieces and glued and joined they are really flat and I think they will be more stable than the other two options. 

DIY Modern Deck Chairs

It seems like everybody is always focused on decorating the interior of their homes, but what about the backyard? Here in AZ we spend a lot of time in ours, maybe not this time of the year, and well why shouldn't it look AWESOME too? So when my friends at Kreg asked me to partner on a project for BuildSomething.com, I was excited to design and build a piece that would give life to our backyard. Plus add some much needed seating! We currently only have some of those plastic adirondack chairs that have seen one to many summers in AZ, if you know what I mean.

How to Make Drawer Boxes - The Easy Way

There are so many ways to make drawers boxes, but since I am making these for my master closet renovation I decided to go the easy way. The easy way not only because they are fast, but also since they wouldn't be holding a ton of weight. So, I didn't feel the extra work was necessary. My drawers are roughly 21 1/2"W x 20"D x 8"H to give you some perspective. I am am super excited about the size because that means a ton of storage!!! I am planning on getting rid of our huge oversized dressers we have in our master bedroom once the closet is finished, so that will mean a little downsizing. But I am all for the minimalist life! But it does take time, in my opinion, to become a minimalist. It is hard to just sell, donate, or throw away everything over night. I really want to have a plan of things that are gonna make me happy and still look good. That way I won't miss all those things!!! Things being the key word. 

How To Make A Buffet - That Holds A Mini-Fridge

When my client told me that she wanted a buffet (sideboard) that could hold a mini fridge, I knew this was going to be a fun project!  She is transforming her formal living room space into a New Orleans themed pub room. So fun right!?! And then I thought that this would be great build to partner with Kreg and share the plans I designed on their DIY project plan site BuildSomething.com, so you could make one for yourself! But before you go there let me walk you thru some of the design process and new techniques I used on this build. 

My First Awesome Build - Retired

A couple of weeks ago I had to retire my very first build. This was a build I built before I even knew I liked building, before I even knew I would be making furniture for a living. This build has a special place in my heart not only because of the colors, but because the sign used to create it was from a place I worked at for one of my first jobs. It is probably a build you have seen before because I use the picture of me sitting on it for a lot of my marketing stuff. It is the "Orange Rolling Sign Storage Table".

Shiplap Hall Tree Bench Plans - UPDATED 1.8.19

Well the time has finally come! I am so excited to share with you plans to build your very own Shiplap Hall Tree Bench. This has been a long time coming and some of you have been very patient. Thank you for that!

So since this is my very first set of full printable plans they might not be perfect. So once you have downloaded them and had a chance to look them over I would love any feedback you. More detail, too much detail, etc. 

DIY Over-The-Toilet Shelf

Living in a 1971 ranch house means we have small bathrooms. Bathrooms that lack storage! So when my friends at Kreg asked me to partner on a project for BuildSomething.com, I was excited to design and build a piece that would help us with our storage problem. Since we are limited on space I decided adding a shelf over-the-toilet would be the best bet. I wanted a piece that would have space to add some personality to the bathroom, but also functional to hide some everyday essentials. What I came up with was super easy build and it only took two (2) 1x6's and some scrap 1/4" plywood to create! I am on a Knotty Alder kick lately so I actually milled some scrap Knotty Alder down to the same size as 1x6's to make mine out of. 

Top Builds of 2017

Sometimes I question if doing this business is worth it. The long hours, the wondering where the next job will come from, the not so glamorous wardrobe that I wear all the time, the messy hair/no makeup look..... and then I sit down and review all the things I built in 2017. Yes, yes, yes it was all worth it!!! I can't believe I get to and was able to make so many awesome things!!!!

Shiplap Hall Tree Bench

Since I have started building, which is almost 3 years now, no other project has gotten as much attention and likes as my Shiplap Hall Tree Bench. This was such a fun piece to create and even though it is big, it wasn't that difficult to build. Except moving it around as it got bigger. 

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Build

So, sometimes I get a client who is absolutely AWESOME! Not that all my clients aren't awesome, but sometimes you get that extra special client that pushes you to try something that you didn't think that you could do. And they give you space in the creative process to just make it! This is one of those pieces.... The Mid-Century Modern Dresser. I couldn't be more happy with how it turned it out, but I did definitely go thru all the feels in the creative process with this one.....

The Green Woodworker Podcast Interview

Have you ever heard a recording of your voice? Isn't it so weird?

Well when Donny Carter, an AWESOME woodworker, turner, maker, youtuber, and now podcast host, asks you to be on his new podcast "The Green Woodworker Podcast", you can't pass that up. Well, at least I couldn't. And after I said yes, I was like "What the heck happens on podcasts?". I have only listened to a couple of them before. So, being me, I did my research and listened to all his current podcasts in one sitting! And after I did I was much more relaxed. Donny has ease and charm about him that makes his questions seem like a conversation. And he gives a lot of praise, so who wouldn't want to talk to him!!!

WiLd Wine Bar

Every piece in the Wild Collection is built with mostly 2x6's. I designed the collection this way because I believe that everyone deserves awesome furniture in their home. And building out of 2x6's is an affordable way to make sure everyone can.

Chunky 4x4 Console

Howdy everybody!!!

You'll never guess what I got to do!?! I got to team up with the AWESOME Jen Woodhouse and be the first to build one of her plans! So, what did I get to build..... the Awesome Chunky 4x4 Console. This thing is beefy. It is a piece that will make a statement in any room and will last forever!

Build A Farmhouse Table - The AWESOME Way!

I love making dining tables because it is the piece of furniture that a family is going to use everyday together. They are going to make memories there. So I make my tables sturdy and durable to last a lifetime with the family. I like rustic finishes that only get better with time. One of my favorite builds and best sellers is a farmhouse table. There are so many different ways to build a farmhouse table. You can have straight legs, X legs, or turned legs. My favorite are turned legs for a farmhouse table. They add that perfect amount of curvy goodness to the table. I also like that the legs don't get in the way of the chairs, meaning leg room for everyone!!!

JORD Wood Watch Giveaway!

It isn't everyday that I get to get dressed up and have a photo shoot in the backyard with my puppy (he is almost 3 years old) Oscar! Well, today wasn't that day. I did get semi dressed up and we did take pictures, but it was me taking the photos with my iPhone! It was fun, but had to take a million photos to get a couple of good ones. Oscar gets shy around the camera. So why were we taking photos? To show you my new watch, of course!!! And Oscar approves!

Upcycled Modern Farmhouse Tables

Okay, so as promised another #tbt post!!!! This is actually a post that I started a long time ago and never finished. It has some really good info on refinishing for that distressed farmhouse finish. Hope you enjoy!

I snagged these cool looking tables from a Facebook group that sells things for only $15 each. I loved that they had wood and metal. Two of my favorite things!