How to Paint a Dog House

If you have a dog that spends time outdoors, chances are you have a dog house that suffers the worst the weather can throw at it. A quick DIY project you can do over a weekend is to paint your dog house. Whenever outdoor furniture and small structures need painting, it’s a good idea to give them a thorough inspection first, looking for paint that has flaked, nails that need punching back in, and general dirt that will prevent new paint from adhering correctly. All nails that can be neatly hammered back in place should be, those that need replacing might need to be relocated just a little, and the hole that is left over filled. If your dog house was assembled using screws instead, make sure they’re all tight and aren’t rusting. Old paint that is flaking needs to be scraped...

How to Build a Deck

Something nice to do when it’s hot outside is to lounge on a deck. It is a nice retreat to hold events and dinners when you want a change of scenery. A deck will add value to your home and will impress your friends when you tell them how much it cost, and how easy it was! Just a little pre-planning is needed to complete this wonderful addition to your home. Required Materials/Tools Some 2×4’s Some 2×10’s Some posts and anchors Quick set cement Floor joists Bolts Sand Screws and nails A hammer Shovel Hose Wheelbarrow Power saw or circular saw Level Instructions First we need to decide where to build. Most decks will be located in the backyard against a sliding glass door or at a kitchen back door. We need to account for the lip of the door and adjust the deck 2-3...

How to Carve a Wooden Pipe

Since ancient times, the wood pipe has been used by everyone from peasants to kings, pioneer to chief. They have been used to smoke a variety of materials. Having been around since before rolled cigarettes, the pipe gives off an aura of sophistication and wealth. Today you can buy them from your local tobacco shop, but nothing really goes better than lighting up some cherry tobacco in a pipe of your own design. Required Materials A block of briar, cedar, or any other “soft” wood A pencil A ferrule A circle Drill with gimlets Grafter Small saw Dremel tool Sand paper Milling cutter and chisel Preparation First things first, you need to find out what you want your new pipe to look like. Draw it out on some paper, or take a look for some designs on the Internet. This is your chance...