How to Make a Simple Wooden Box Shelf

How to make a simple wood box shelf
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Storage. We all need more of it. No matter how much room you have, an organized system will always top square footage.

Recently, I was looking for a way to clean up all the bottles in our liquor cabinet. It’s not that we drink too much; in fact, it’s the opposite. We buy specific products to try a new cocktail recipe. And we’ll make it once, and end up with all this extra liquid to store in perpetuity until we can figure out what to do with it.         Continue Reading

Tool School: Why an Impact Driver is So Freakin’ Awesome

RIDGID 18-v impact driver
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Today we're checking out the RIDGID 18-Volt Impact Driver, which you can buy alongside a cordless drill in a combo kit for $179 at The Home Depot. I've built up a lot of trust for the Ridgid brand over the years. In fact, my very first (ever) impact driver was a Ridgid (the great-grandaddy of this model). But beyond that, I've owned several of their products, including a circular saw (indestructible) and a wet/dry vacuum (unbelievably versatile).  Continue Reading

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Tools He Doesn’t Even Know He Needs

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Looking for a gift for the dad in your life? We think tools are some of the best gifts you can give, because they're really like saying “here, can you please finally fix that thing you've been promising to fix for three weeks?” Wait. No. That's not what I meant to say.

Tools keep on giving! That's what I meant. 'Cause when you give a guy a tool he didn't know he wanted, you'll be amazed at the ingenious ways he'll find a use for it. Continue Reading

Curbly Pumpkin Challenge: How to Make a Painted Peephole Pumpkin

This year, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create a series of DIY decor and entertaining projects using that iconic symbol of the season: the pumpkin. We’ll be sharing our creations for the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge each day this week. Happy Fall.   


I love the idea of of using a drill to create a design on a pumpkin, and I’ve been wanting to try it for ages. Continue Reading

Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

created at: 12/15/2010

Making your home a better place doesn’t take a lot of money, and you should never let a lack of supplies or tools intimidate you from trying a home improvement project. Remember, you can always rent or borrow any special tools you might need (a drywall jack, for example, is one of those things you probably don’t need to own, but comes in really, really handy when the time is right).

That said, having the right tool for the job can be the difference between a professional-looking result and something that just looks shabby. Continue Reading

How To: Cool Ways to Organize Your Drill Bits and Taps

Traditional twist bits usually come in a set, with a perfectly organized case or box with the dimensions clearly marked, so that you can find what you need easily. Most even close and stay stowed.

Then, there’s all those other bits you eventually amass: all sorts of driving bits, spade bits, countersink bits, combo bits, and bits, bits, bits, bits. Here’s a few options to keep them off your bench and shelves and out of trays and drawers. Continue Reading

Make a Button Tray

created at: 2009-03-17

With a handy drill bit/door lock bit, you can make your own cute-as-a-button button tray for about $1.99 (not including the drill bit). I was inspired by these coasters (doubtfully condensation proof) which sell 4 for $40.00 at Eden & Eden.

created at: 2009-03-17

What you need:

  • Round wooden tray from Goodwill ($1.99)
  • Drill bit with larger circular cutting fitting used for door knobs and locks
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Old English furniture polish
  • Ruler
  • pencil or sharpie

What you do:

  1. Measure and mark the holes
  2. With drill in reverse, (I don’t get it but it worked this way and not the other) place the inside bit right on the marked spot and press down firmly to cut out the holes, one at a time.
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Power Tools 101: The Cordless Drill/Driver

No matter which sort of DIY projects are your forte, eventually you’ll need to drill a hole in them and screw them to something else. Enter the Cordless Drill/Driver, the telltale trophy of the true Do-It-Yourselfer, and most people’s entrance into the world of power tools.

    When looking to purchase your first drill, or when updating or augmenting an old standby, the number one rule is to buy what you need, or what you think you might need in a year or two. Continue Reading