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

How to Get Great Results from Your Random-Orbit Sander

Random-orbit sander 101
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Everyone likes a smooth, sanded surface on a project, but no one (and I mean absolutely no one) like the tedious process of getting it done. Motorized sanding machines speed up the process greatly, but many of them can be hard to control, or wind up leave swirl marks in the finished surface.

Not so with the random-orbit sander. As the name suggests, its pad follows an entirely random pattern, so you can control the amount of wood removed, and leave your surface free of spirals. Continue Reading

Tool School: Framing Nailer

This week on Tool School, I’m trying out the new Dewalt cordless framing nailer. It’s the most powerful cordless nailer they’ve ever built, so I’m excited to see how it works! 

Dewalt cordless framing nailer - 20-volt lithium ion battery - 21-degree
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You know you’re pushing the limits of what you might call “DIY” when your project requires a nail gun. For most jobs, a hammer and a bag of nails will suffice. But if you’re framing an addition, building a deck, or putting up a fence, you’ll probably want to reach for a framing nailer. Continue Reading

An Unloved Utility Closet Finally Gets the Organization It Deserves

Utility closet makeover
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We're lucky enough here at Curbly to have a dedicated office space to work from. Nestled just along the divide between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, our airy studio has hosted many meetings, photo shoots, popups, and has even has doubled as an art gallery for second graders. When Curbly HQ first moved into the building in 2016, the entire space was renovated, from new flooring and lighting to a fresh paint job. Continue Reading

Tool School: Meet the Rigid MEGAMax Interchangeable Tool System

Tool School: Rigid MEGAMax
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The  Rigid MEGAMax is a hulking monster-tool. It's the Optimus Prime of home improvement. If they ever make a movie about power tools coming to life and taking over the world, forcing us DIYers to labor at the thankless tasks they've plied for so long, well, then this tool will be their leader. 

The MEGAMax is a really powerful interchangeable tool system just introduced by RIGID. The Powerbase includes an 18V brushless motor and can automatically identify which tool head you've attached (and adjust battery/motor output accordingly). Continue Reading

Make It! A DIY Tabletop Phone Stand with Personality

DIY acrylic phone stand

Since I’m a self-diagnosed lazy person, I’ll admit it’s really nice to look at things on my phone without having to pick it up. It’s just soooo much work, after all! To prop up your phone while you work, sleep or browse, it’s nice to have a phone stand, but it’s better to have one with a bit of personality. This bright pink acrylic project definitely stands out as a modest but bright, statement-making DIY phone stand, and you can use any colored acrylic or plexiglass to make your own that fits your phone!           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

Why Having More Than One Tool Bag Will Make You More Efficient

How to keep your tools organized by having different tool bags for different jobs
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The most important factor in completing home improvement projects is having the right tool for the job. It's that simple. Home improvement isn't rocket science, and when you're unable to complete a task, it's usually not because you aren't smart or skilled enough. It's because you don't have that tool that does that thing you need in order to finish the job!                 

Stay organized by utilizing more than one tool bag

 Unfortunately, you can't bring your entire workshop with you wherever you go. Continue Reading

Power Tools 101: How to Use a Circular Saw, and Why You Definitely Need One in Your Tool Kit

Power Tools 101: How to Use a Circular Saw
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A healthy fear of power tools isn't a bad thing. They're powerful tools, after all – capable making big holes in solid objects and ripping whole boards in half with one swift motion. That being said, power tools are also extremely useful, and once you've learned how to safely and effectively operate them, they open up a world of DIY possibilities. The best way to combat any reservations you have about operating power tools is to do your research. Continue Reading

I Never Knew I Could Be So in Love with a Toolbox

A Story About My Love of A Rolling Toolbox
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Alright, so I'm going to level with you: this is a blog post about my love of a rolling toolbox. I know. Weird, right?

See, about two months ago, we kicked off a yearlong partnership of blog posts with The Home Depot, and I was lucky enough to get invited down to Atlanta to check out their headquarters, meet some of the staff, and get a first-hand look at their product testing lab. Continue Reading