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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Do you have way too much scrap lumber? Mere Minutes

For yesterday's gardening stool project, I took the time to dig through my scrap bin and actually put some of that wood to use. It takes time to find the right combination of boards, but it feels really good to be able to make a small dent in that bin and know that I don't need to burn gas and spend money on new wood.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Make a handy gardening stool / carry-all

I've talked to a lot of people who tell me they are unable to spend much time in their shops this time of year because it is simply too hot where they live. That's what prompted me to design a project this week that will get you in and out of your shop pretty quickly.

If you do any amount of gardening or yard work, you know that you spend a lot of time on your knees weeding or trimming. And if you're like me, you make several trips back and forth gathering up garden tools you need. So this tote box solves both problems by doubling as a stool.

I made this one using scraps of lumber in my shop. You could also use plywood to simplify it even more though. 

I decided to give it a shabby-chic look by applying three coats of paint and sanding through to different layers in various spots on the stool. The effect looks great! 

Free plans:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to make a Viking chair | Mere Mini

Here's a great project you can easily make in less than an hour! These 2-board chairs are simple to slide apart for storage. Great for camping trips. Make a few for around a campfire!