Testing Elmer’s Glue, Curbly Style

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The folks from Elmer's offered to send out some Elmer's glue to sample and as I'm a fan of glue, I was more than happy to accept the offer. The glue under consideration was their Carpenter's WoodGlue Max, Carpenter's WoodGlue, Multi-purpose Glue-All and All-Purpose Glue-All Max. The first three have been recently reformulated, so testing was in order.    

Head-to-Head Tests of Elmer's Glue

I began with the Glue-All Max, Wood Glue Max and Wood Glue, putting them through the sand/paint/stain test. Continue Reading

Carpentry Accident Leads to Toe for Thumb

Man Loses Thumb Has Replaced With Big Toe

Why-oh-why is this story on the pages of Curbly? Because it’s a reminder to all who work with power tools what can happen in a split second if we’re not careful. 

Last year carpenter James Byrne had an accident at work. He cut his thumb off with a chop saw. Doctors tried re-attaching it several times to no avail. His surgeon then suggested they use one of his big toes instead. James, whose thumbs are vital for his work, was up for it. Continue Reading

How To: Create Unique, Rustic Window Trim

created at: 02/22/2011

This, my friends, is a blank slate. It’s also a slightly fuzzy picture (sorry about that) of a very large unfinished window in a room I would one day like to sleep in instead of living in a garage. Ah, wishful thinking. But daydreaming aside, something had to be done with this thing and after a week of painting I was so ready to break out the power tools.

Unless you’re in the middle of new construction, I’d venture to say that “window trim” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of design elements of a room. Continue Reading

Build a Tetris Bookshelf


Odecom5 gets my vote for Dad of the Year. It sounds like he was able to ‘help’ his son with this school project and end up with their relationship intact after this complicated  build; not a small feat. His son even had a broken arm during the project which may have worked out better for both of them.

I would have been proud of this section alone.


You and I both know that Dad did have all the fun, but the father-son bonding project had to be well worth a few days of frenzied parental competitiveness. Continue Reading

How To Build a Platform Bed, Deck, or Poolside Lounger for Under $30


Aeray is a professional carpenter, furniture maker, designer and builder and he’s frustrated with the overbuilding and over-engineering done on simple DIY projects. His goal for his tutorial on Instructables is to illustrate how to simply and inexpensively build a multipurpose platform deck that can be used for a queen sized bed, a futon mattress, or a waterproofed, cushioned poolside lounger (as suggested by one commenter).


For under $30.00, low-waste, a few tools, and an hour or two, you can build it. Continue Reading

DIY: Online Sources for Furniture Legs

created at: 06/09/2010

If you’re looking to replace the legs on your favorite lounger, update a dresser, or you need a stunning set of legs for your handmade coffee table, look no further. Right here is a list of nine online sources for wood and metal furniture legs. created at: 06/09/2010

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Before you buy a set of legs, flip your furniture over to see how the legs are attached. All legs are not attached in the same way. If you’re a clever carpenter type, you can most likely make simple adjustments to have the legs of your dreams.   Continue Reading

Create Professional Design Elements Using Stock Wood Molding

created at: 04/06/2010

Stock wood trim is one of the best kept secrets at the home improvement store. If you’ve seen the choices of wood molding available but you don’t really know how you can use it, check out these design and architectural elements for some DIY inspiration. All you’ll need to get started is an inexpensive miter box, some wood glue, nails and a tape measure.

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Better Homes & Garden’s DIY site has more great design ideas for you to consider. Continue Reading

How to Set Up Your Air Compressor for Power Tools

 created at: 2009-05-20

If you’re a bonafide Do-It-Yourselfer you can’t go one more day without, at the very least, a mini air compressor. Once you experience the ease of pneumatic tools, life as you know it will never be the same.  It’s too complicated, you say? Ha! Not after you see step by step how easy it is to rig up for interchangable pneumatic tools. I’m partial to the stapler for upholstery purposes.

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From left to right: The coupler, the male coupler plug and the female coupler plug. Continue Reading