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Old 06-07-2016, 09:04 AM   #1
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I remember someone had a thread of building a nice patio piece in their back yard. I came across this cool little project to do sometime, along with some other stuff on this site:

http://fixthisbuildthat.com/diy-pati...t-combo-plans/

Anyone else got any cool DIY plans?
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:08 AM   #2
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Tiny house built out of Lego's.
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I'm going to build a bar in my house. I have no idea what I'm doing. Should be fun.
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I have no idea what I'm doing. Should be fun.
I thought this was your every day approach to life!?
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rather than something so small and adds little value. consider an outdoor kitchen? Or maybe wood floor for the house? renovate the kitchen?
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rather than something so small and adds little value. consider an outdoor kitchen? Or maybe wood floor for the house? renovate the kitchen?
were not all carpenter geniuses like you!
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were not all carpenter geniuses like you!
i wish i was a carpenter genius. i did tons of googling before i attempted to build my pergola.

for my new house, i already have the design ready for my outdoor kitchen. I think from my research, on a DIY scale... it shouldn't be fore than 6 out of 10 and difficulty. Where 1 would be installing a light bulb and 10 being something like adding additional sq ft to house or something crazy like choreographed Christmas lights using DMX.

Pergola wasn't that bad. The sheer size makes it impressive, but the difficulty wasn't that bad. It takes a lot of man power, but little experience.
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rather than something so small and adds little value. consider an outdoor kitchen? Or maybe wood floor for the house? renovate the kitchen?
I am inexperienced at woodwork/carpentry for one. I don't want to **** up a massive job and have it be a total disaster.

Figure I work on the small projects before taking on a massive project like renovating a kitchen, bath etc. Now for the portable cooler/grill project, I would probably attempt to change it to a kegerator/beer station since I started making homebrew.
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I am inexperienced at woodwork/carpentry for one. I don't want to **** up a massive job and have it be a total disaster.

Figure I work on the small projects before taking on a massive project like renovating a kitchen, bath etc. Now for the portable cooler/grill project, I would probably attempt to change it to a kegerator/beer station since I started making homebrew.
I dont think its that tough and I am not a wood worker.

Idea for the cooler/grill project. Instead of using pocket screw joints. Take a stab at mortise and tenons. If you can build the cooler/grill project using mortise and tenon joints, you can build a pergola no problem.
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I am about 70% done with this table.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Inex...een-Egg-Table/

Had a slight issue cutting out the circle over the weekend. After much cursing and finally breaking my router bit I called it a day. I will try to finish it this coming weekend.

Project before that was a board on board fence. The metal post were already in so it was pretty simple just time consuming.
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I am about 70% done with this table.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Inex...een-Egg-Table/

Had a slight issue cutting out the circle over the weekend. After much cursing and finally breaking my router bit I called it a day. I will try to finish it this coming weekend.

Project before that was a board on board fence. The metal post were already in so it was pretty simple just time consuming.
A router isn't really for cutting. If I was you, i would draw it out first. Then use a jig saw to cut as possible to the line but not on the line itself. Then use your router to clean it up. To clean it up with your router, create a jig out of plywood using your jig saw. Then use your jig as a guide for your routers. Should be easy then. Make sure you use the lowest speed setting on your router and increase it as you get more confident. Go slow and steady. Have a six pack and a pack of smokes or a cigar for breaks in between and when you're done.
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...last winter. The building, not the truck.
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A router isn't really for cutting. If I was you, i would draw it out first. Then use a jig saw to cut as possible to the line but not on the line itself. Then use your router to clean it up. To clean it up with your router, create a jig out of plywood using your jig saw. Then use your jig as a guide for your routers. Should be easy then. Make sure you use the lowest speed setting on your router and increase it as you get more confident. Go slow and steady. Have a six pack and a pack of smokes or a cigar for breaks in between and when you're done.


If you use this setup with a cutting bit designed for cutting you get a perfect circle.
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If you use this setup with a cutting bit designed for cutting you get a perfect circle.
i never used a router with a cutting bit before. I just think it puts a lot of stress on the router and the bit. I definitely like the jig though.
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Love Fix This Build That - made the shoe bench last year (wider and did a fixed shelf instead of the adjustable) and it turned out great.

Built my 5 year old daughter a loft bed for her birthday a couple of months ago.

Next project is a dollhouse bookshelf for my 2 girls. Too many books, not enough shelves.
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Nice work on the control box for the Keggle, that's going to be awesome.
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Nice work on the control box for the Keggle, that's going to be awesome.
Thanks. I'm not much of a carpenter, but this is a fun project.
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My job is unique. A friend of mine had their house burn down in October 2012. I helped to rebuild it, starting in April 2013. Since then...the things I've done. making baseboards, crown molding, back splashes, framing out walls and doors...bookshelves, tv stands...(like 8 ft x 8 ft...massive pieces) yard sprinkler systems, home watering systems...crazy stuff. It's made me addicted to DIY tv shows. Now we are doing a terraced hill. It's pretty bad ass. Huge boulders and railroad ties.




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i never used a router with a cutting bit before. I just think it puts a lot of stress on the router and the bit. I definitely like the jig though.
What is this language of which you all are speaking? I feel like Oleg reading this thread.

Trying to get psyched to demo a bathroom to the studs then start over. I envy you folks that actually enjoy this ****.
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What is this language of which you all are speaking? I feel like Oleg reading this thread.

Trying to get psyched to demo a bathroom to the studs then start over. I envy you folks that actually enjoy this ****.
Get psyched that your not going to get ripped off by a contractor.
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Get psyched that your not going to get ripped off by a contractor.
That's the only part I'm psyched about. Should save 10 large doing it myself.
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What is this language of which you all are speaking? I feel like Oleg reading this thread.

Trying to get psyched to demo a bathroom to the studs then start over. I envy you folks that actually enjoy this ****.
Here is what i recommend. Do as much research as possible. Try to plan everything in advance. You are obviously going to run into problems, but limiting the problems through research and planning will save money and time. Most of my projects require I research and plan everything 6 months ahead of time. Talk to people the experts and try to gain as much knowledge as possible.

Don't drag out your projects. Take vacation if you must. Don't let the project run past a week. For me, after the first or second week, I loose all momentum and the project drags on forever. I just completed my nail down hardwood floors. I was 90% complete after the first two weeks. The last 10% took me 3 months. I was completely burned out after laying the hardwood. Almost hired someone to finish the trim and replace the baseboards.
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