Free Plans to Make Your Own Modern Gingerbread House

created at: 12/07/2010

Looking to mix things up in the gingerbread house department?  You’re in luck!  The fine folks at Hometta are offering up free downloadable plans to create a gingerbread version of their dramatic Wedge House.   Last year, the modern house plan resource site offered up the schematics to make their award-winning Draft House in gingerbread form.  This year, the Wedge House gets the holiday treatment.  If you’re ready to try your hand at a mod gingerbread house, you can download the plans right here. Continue Reading

The 1915 Book of DIY Everything


Back in 1915, Myron G. Burton made his claim to fame by writing a book entitled, Shop Projects Based on Community Problems. It’s only appropriate that we’re recycling these old, but good, simple plans for just about everything. You may not need a seed corn rack or a feed scoop, but everyone can use a necktie rack, broom holder, and a box kite.  My favorites are the fly trap, camp stool, and flower trellis, although there are so many plans and projects in this one book, I’m going to have to hunt it down. Continue Reading

Using Photoshop for Good/Evil


Curbly guest Craig spied an old post of mine, Attention Woodworkers: Make this Pisa Bookshelf and got all evil genius about it. Craig made a schematic of workable plans for the bookshelf using Photoshop. Here’s how he explains how he made the plans:

I take a photo of a shelf which is always at an angle, and use Photoshop to rotate it so it’s straight, then make a new layer and trace it, then resize it to actual, and in PaintShop I can throw a 1 inch grid over it and do a screen capture… Well it sounds more complicated than it really is 🙂

As far as that last sentence, I’ll just take Craig’s word for it. Continue Reading

Free Modern Gingerbread House Plans.

Houston, Texas – based architecture firm Hometta are getting into the spirit of giving this year.

They’re offering free buliding plans to make your own very contemporary gingerbread home. Their plan is “a small-scale version of the Draft House by Hometta’s own, award-winning HouMinn Practice.”

The plans are based on a readymade gingerbread house kit from Whole Foods, so it’ll be easy to grab all the goodies you’ll need, without having to buy a bunch of extra accoutrement. Continue Reading

Modern Furniture Plans.

A new blog’s a-brewing…Modern Furniture Plans. So states their “About” page: “This blog is devoted to finding modern furniture plans. The key is to
find designs that appeal, that are easy to build, that don’t break the
bank, and that are more unique than anything you can find in any store.” So far, there’s just a few entries, but its one to throw in ye ole feed reader for when the time is right.

Make wooden toys with these FREE toy plans!!

created at: 03/28/2013

This holiday season, just say no to toy recalls and make your own safe toys with these fabulous and free plans to construct your own wooden toys!! AND there’s something for just about every age group and interest.

For little ones, check out this website for puzzles galore!

Here’s a great, old fashioned sled project.


Every baby doll needs a comfy doll bed.

And for the future Curblier…a set of building logs. Continue Reading