DIY: How to Build a Mobile Kitchen Island

If you have a small kitchen or one without much counter space, one way you can create additional prep space is with a DIY mobile kitchen island. But if you cruise around online looking for mobile kitchen islands, you’ll find they can range in pricing from $75 to $1,500, with quality ranging likewise.

Yikes! It’s far more reasonable to build your mobile kitchen island than to break the bank buying one. So we teamed up with Jamie Schmitt to create this mobile kitchen island.

Continue reading “DIY: How to Build a Mobile Kitchen Island”

DIY: How to Build a Doghouse Gazebo

We know you love your pets and love to shower them with gifts. From playtime to snack time and nap time, the opportunities are endless. So what could be better than a custom-built doghouse? Just look at how proud Jen Woodhouse’s dog Watson is, relaxing in his new doghouse! Check out the House of Wood for free build plans for a DIY doghouse that we worked on with Jen Woodhouse  just for you.

Continue reading “DIY: How to Build a Doghouse Gazebo”

DIY: How to Build a Simple Indoor Log Holder

We partnered with Jaime Costiglio from That’s My Letter to bring you free plans for a simple indoor DIY log holder that can be built in a day.

With the holidays just around the corner, there’s nothing cozier than sitting in front of a fireplace and sipping hot cider or cocoa. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, it’s wise to have extra firewood nearby to keep that fire burning strong through long winter nights. A DIY indoor log holder is the perfect DIY project to keep your firewood organized and easily accessible.

The simple design of this indoor DIY log holder allows the firewood to be kept off the floor. It features Simpson Strong-Tie® RTU2 connectors, which are made from galvanized steel for extra corrosion resistance. You can keep the natural look of the wood and steel connectors or you can customize your own log holder with paint or varnish. Make sure to read how to paint Simpson Strong-Tie connectors here for tips.

The building plans for this DIY log holder were drafted with indoor use in mind, but you can use cedar or redwood to make the same firewood holder for outdoor use. Cedar and redwood are naturally resistant to rotting and decay. The nice thing about the plans is that they allow you to customize your DIY firewood rack to your own needs. You can make it smaller or larger than specified–just measure the average size of the logs and the storage area and adjust the cut lengths to suit your space.

 

DIY: How to Build an Industrial Wine Rack

This week’s DIY wine rack project is in collaboration with Jamison Rantz from Rogue Engineer.

As a parent, I understand the need to indulge in food and drink after the kids have gone to bed (I have a hidden stash of good Swiss chocolate). So when Jamison Rantz from Rogue Engineer pitched us the idea of a DIY wine rack, I knew it would be a DIY project that would resonate with a lot of parents!

Continue reading “DIY: How to Build an Industrial Wine Rack”

DIY: How to Build a Durable Home Bar

Many of us have cluttered or underutilized space in our garage or backyard. But sometimes those spaces can be turned into a relaxing retreat for friends and family. As the 2015 summer interns at Simpson Strong-Tie, we designed a DIY bar to make unused space a pleasant place to relax. The home bar is common in many kitchens or outdoor areas; however, this DIY bar opens a door for personalization.

Whether you’re looking to create a DIY cocktail lounge in the garage, a full-scale tropical bar by the pool or a simple bar for family barbecues and cocktail parties, your experiences will be better knowing that you’re enjoying them at your personal, hand-built bar.

Continue reading “DIY: How to Build a Durable Home Bar”