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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?

  • #2
    Tiny house built out of Lego's.

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    • #3
      Just finished up a chicken coop. Gonna export eggs to Venezuela...

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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          Originally posted by OABB View Post
          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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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              Originally posted by SleepingTiger View Post
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by ludo21 View Post
                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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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SleepingTiger View Post
                  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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 24champ View Post
                    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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                    • #11
                      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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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Drunk Monkey View Post
                        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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                        • #13
                          I made this...

                          <a href="http://imgur.com/F5Y8Jwx"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/F5Y8Jwxh.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

                          ...last winter. The building, not the truck.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SleepingTiger View Post
                            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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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Drunk Monkey View Post


                              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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