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DIY Photo Holder

Do you have lots of photos sitting in a draw? Why not let your family and friends enjoy some of these memories?

Watch this how-to video to make some simple and creative photo holders that you can use to display your treasured photos throughout the house.

As you can see from the photos below, all you need to start, is a piece of timber from your junk pile and Bob’s your uncle.

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Step 1: Mark out the centre line

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Step 2: Cut through the pine

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Step 3: Mark out the triangles

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Step 4: Cut out the photo holder

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Step 5: Sand down the photo holder

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Step 6: Paint the photo holder

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DIY Timber Blackboard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOE7CAfQ7QU You know when you’ve gotta leave a message for someone at home and you cant find paper or a pen? Check out this how-to video to make yourself a little blackboard for all the family to use. It's ... [read more]

DIY Magazine Rack

https://youtu.be/8iee3OCNHTg Here is a great idea to keep your magazines tidy and in order. Take a look at this how-to video of creating this easy magazine wall display. The pictures below also show how simple it is to create this timber fram ... [read more]

Follow the Build – Mudgee Part 15

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This outdoor BBQ means a lot to the family. So that’s why we kept it and the deck and built the new house around it. All of our family memories have been around that fire. I laid 600 bricks to build it and the hot plate is a 8mm plate weighing about 250kg. The cooking surface is 6’ x 4’ so thirty odd T Bones are not a problem. Only problem was from time to time it would smoke the deck out, (hence the goggles), so after years of copping the smoke while cooking and eating I decided to put some doors on and a chimney to draw the smoke.

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Follow the Build – Mudgee Part 16

Every bush house needs water tanks for all your water for the house but you now also need 25,000 litres purely designated for fire fighting. The two tanks at the house are for the house. The 40,000 litre tank at the shed is our designated fire ... [read more]

Follow The Build – Mudgee Part 14

It’s always good to start fitting the house out – bathrooms and the like but it’s the kitchen that’s always fun. I love wood stoves and Rayburn still make the same wood stove they’ve been making for years. So I ordered one with a smalle ... [read more]

DIY Timber Blackboard

You know when you’ve gotta leave a message for someone at home and you cant find paper or a pen?

Check out this how-to video to make yourself a little blackboard for all the family to use. It’s perfect for the kitchen where everyone can write their messages and a great idea for your shopping lists too.

Have a look at the photos below how easy it is to create this timber framed message board.

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Step 1: Paint

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First, you’ll need a 565mm by 900mm MDF board. Then you can paint your MDF board with blackboard paint. You can leave it to dry while you knock up your timber frame.

Step 2: Measure the timber lengths

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You can now cut your lengths of timber. I’ve used a drop saw. The timber frame needs to go on the face of the blackboard, so therefore you want your frame to be slightly bigger than your board. So the outside of the frame should measure 575mm by 910mm.

Step 3: Cut the timber

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I’m using mitre joints, which are quite difficult if you don’t have a drop saw. You could also use a mitre box or butt joint your joints if you aren’t confident.

Step 4: Line up the lengths of timber

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You should have two long bits and two short bits to make up your frame. It’s important that all four pieces are exactly the same in length to the half mill, so you don’t throw your dimensions out.

Step 5: Sit the blackboard in the frame

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You can then nail the frame to the bench to hold it in position, then place the blackboard over the top of the frame, about 5mm from each edge. Now you can screw the blackboard to the frame, and you have a blackboard for the kitchen where everyone can leave their messages.

 

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DIY Photo Holder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEnUN-yoj84 Do you have lots of photos sitting in a draw? Why not let your family and friends enjoy some of these memories? Watch this how-to video to make some simple and creative photo holders that you can us ... [read more]

DIY Magazine Rack

https://youtu.be/8iee3OCNHTg Here is a great idea to keep your magazines tidy and in order. Take a look at this how-to video of creating this easy magazine wall display. The pictures below also show how simple it is to create this timber fram ... [read more]

 

DIY Magazine Rack

Here is a great idea to keep your magazines tidy and in order. Take a look at this how-to video of creating this easy magazine wall display.

The pictures below also show how simple it is to create this timber frame and then to add the rope – drill, thread, knot and its ready to go.

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Step 1: Measure and mark

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Measure and mark 600mm (or find the centre) on one 1.2m timber length.

Step 2: Cut the timber

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Cut the timber using a drop saw (a handsaw will also get the job done). This will give you two 600mm lengths – these will be the top and bottom of the frame. Measure and mark the thickness of the timber on both ends of the second 1.2m length. This will make sure you don’t go too close to the edges when drilling. Repeat process on second 1.2m length.

Step 3: Find the centre and drill

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Find the centre of the traced-out square on one end of the 1.2m timber and use a drill and drill bit to make two holes on either side of the centre point, about 1cm apart. Repeat on all four ends. Make sure the holes are slightly bigger than the screw, so the screw has room to move.

Step 4: Form the frame

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Clamp bottom timber (600mm length) on table. Insert screws into the 1.2m-timber holes and align timber and screws on the side of the 600mm length, creating a corner, and screw in place. Repeat process on all four sides, forming a frame. Sand frame well and give it a stain. Leave to dry.

Step 5: Measure and mark

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Measure and mark 150mm in one of the 1.2m sides, starting from the corner. Then from the first 150mm mark, measure and mark another 150mm space this process until you have six marks and a 150mm space between each. Repeat process on the other 1.2m side.

Step 6: Measure and mark

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Measure and mark 21mm in at each 150mm point using a combination square. This will give you the exact centre point, so you drill in the centre of the timber.

Step 7: Drill the holes

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Using a drill and a drill bit that is slightly bigger than the rope, drill holes going all the way through each mark. You should now have 12 holes, six on either side.

Step 8: Thread the rope

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Thread the rope through the holes, cut off excess rope and tie a knot on the ends, making sure the rope is as tight as possible so the string stays in place.

Final step: DIY magazine rack

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DIY Timber Blackboard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOE7CAfQ7QU You know when you’ve gotta leave a message for someone at home and you cant find paper or a pen? Check out this how-to video to make yourself a little blackboard for all the family to use. It's ... [read more]

DIY Art Boards

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exh6v5Gr5hU These art boards are a great way to show off your kid’s art work and knowing how many masterpieces come home each week from school, its also an easy way to update the displays. Have a look at the ... [read more]

DIY Art Boards

These art boards are a great way to show off your kid’s art work and knowing how many masterpieces come home each week from school, its also an easy way to update the displays.

Have a look at the how- to video and the pictures below, to check out the easy instructions, including a safety tip when using power tools.

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Step 1: Position A4 paper

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Position A4 sheet and bulldog clip on top of the timber.

Step 2: Mark out the border

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Use a pencil and ruler to create a border around the sheet. I did 280mm across and 370mm down to create an equal border.

Step 3: Cut the timber

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Cut the timber to size using a drop saw or handsaw.

Step 4: Shape the edges

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Use a hand planer to shape the edges of the timber. This will create a smoother and cleaner look while also making the sanding process easier. The best way to plane timber is by starting with the side grain (two longer sides), then across the end grain (top and bottom) to ensure the ends don’t split.

Step 5: Sand the timber

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Sand the timber well for a much smoother finish.

Step 6: Stain the timber

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Use a cloth to stain the timber. Latex gloves are essential to avoid staining your hands. Leave to dry.

Step 7: Mark the drill point for the bulldog clip

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Position A4 sheet and clip onto the timber. Measure halfway across the top of the timber and find the centre point. With a 285mm top the middle point sits at 142.5mm. Place bulldog clip on the 142.5mm point, bringing it 1cm down from the top.

Step 8: Screw the bulldog clip

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Screw bulldog clip in place using a drill and clip in the artwork.

Final Step: DIY Art Board

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DIY Magazine Rack

https://youtu.be/8iee3OCNHTg Here is a great idea to keep your magazines tidy and in order. Take a look at this how-to video of creating this easy magazine wall display. The pictures below also show how simple it is to create this timber fram ... [read more]

DIY Flower Pot Holder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8rgQEJNKzw Do you want your kitchen window sill to look greener? Then watch this how-to video to make the perfect shelf for your pots. This simple timber plant stand, for inside or outside, is just the thing for ... [read more]

DIY Flower Pot Holder

Do you want your kitchen window sill to look greener?

Then watch this how-to video to make the perfect shelf for your pots. This simple timber plant stand, for inside or outside, is just the thing for your herbs or flowers.

Check out the photos below to see how easy it is to create this great stand that frames your pots.

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Step 1: Measure and mark

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Use your measuring tape and pencil to mark out where your round holes will be drilled in your length of timber. Choose a piece of wood that will fit well on your windowsill. My piece of timber is long, so I’m going to cut it in half and use the excess to make the legs. Make sure you measure out the spaces in between your holes evenly.

Step 2: Cut your holes

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I’ve used a holesaw drill bit, which will come in handy for future projects if you decide to invest in one. I’ve measured the pots and picked a holesaw that matches the size of the pots to give them a perfect fit within the shelf.

Step 3: Sanding

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Sand your timber down, then cut the two leg pieces from the wood using the drop saw.

Step four: Screw in the legs

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Next you need to screw the top onto the legs. Drill down through the top into the legs and insert three screws on each side. The timber I’ve used is hardwood, so when you go to drill the legs on, it’s going to be tougher for the screws to countersink on the surface. Use a bigger drill bit to put a countersink hole at the top so the screw sits flush.

Step five: Staining

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Give the legs a bit of a sand down to smooth the surface and get rid of any sharp or rough edges. Then, wearing gloves, wipe on the all-weather stain, so your shelf looks great and copes well with being outside.

Final Step: DIY Flower Pot Holder

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DIY Art Boards

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exh6v5Gr5hU These art boards are a great way to show off your kid’s art work and knowing how many masterpieces come home each week from school, its also an easy way to update the displays. Have a look at the ... [read more]

DIY Xmas Decoration

https://youtu.be/12p2w0fVU3o Creating Christmas decorations for the tree can be simple and fun. All you need is timber, a drill, paint and a rope. Watch this how-to video and check out the pictures below on how to create this little Christmas ... [read more]

DIY Xmas Decoration

Creating Christmas decorations for the tree can be simple and fun. All you need is timber, a drill, paint and a rope.

Watch this how-to video and check out the pictures below on how to create this little Christmas house. Using this simple idea you can design and create a variety of decorations at this festive time.

Begin with length of timber (7cm x 4cm) Plus timber scraps to use as stamps; pencil; ruler; circular saw; drill; paintbrush; red paint; black paint; rope

Step 1: Mark the centre point

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Place the timber on the table longways vertically. On the top edge, mark the centre point.

Step 2: The roof

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To create the roof line, rule a diagonal line about 45° from the centre point to the right, towards the outside edge. Repeat on left side. The lines don’t have to be perfectly even – it’s better if your house is a bit rough looking.

Step 3: Circular saw

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Use a circular saw to cut along the lines, creating the house shape. Now work out how big your house needs to be and mark the bottom line – about 7cm down from the roof line. Cut along that line with the saw.

Step 4: Drill a hole

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You need to be able to hang your decoration, so drill a hole right through, near the roof peak.

Step 5: Paint

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Paint the roof red.

Step 6: Windows and door

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Use timber scraps to stamp the window and door. My window is a 1cm square and my door is about 1cm x 2cm. Dip the end of the small stamp into black paint then press onto the house in the window positions. Repeat with the other stamp to make the door shape.

Step 7: Rope

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Thread rope through the hole. Tie a knot then trim excess length.

Final result: DIY Xmas Decoration

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DIY Flower Pot Holder

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DIY Deer Head

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG8xV2PAkLw This is a chance to use your creative skills and have fun with designing your own deer head with antlers. It can have a modern or classical look or even a Christmas feel. Check out the DIY instruction ... [read more]

DIY Deer Head

This is a chance to use your creative skills and have fun with designing your own deer head with antlers. It can have a modern or classical look or even a Christmas feel.

Check out the DIY instruction on the video and the pictures below to see how simple it is to create your own wall mounted Deer Head.

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Step 1: Find the centre point

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Step 2: Mark out the shield

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Step 3: Cut out the shield

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Step 4: Cut out the head

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Step 5: Drill a hole for the head

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Step 6: Attach the antlers

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Final Result: DIY Deer head

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DIY Xmas Decoration

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DIY Toothbrush Holder

This DIY Toothbrush Holder is so easy to make - you can even get the kids involved. Check out this how-to video to create your very own DIY Toothbrush Holder or have a look at the photos below see how easy it is to make this DIY Toothbrush Hol ... [read more]

Mudgee – Follow the Build Part 11

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At long last, The Block has wrapped up for another year. The auction was outstanding, and I couldn’t be happier with all the hard work our Blockheads put in. But now that’s done and dusted, it’s time for me to get back to work on my own project.

Here’s the latest update on my project Follow the Build – Part 11.

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Now that we’re locked up, it’s time to plaster. One of the local boys came into Gyprock all the walls and ceilings and because I’ve got the screw piers down below, there’ll be no movement and therefore no cracking in the joints or cornices. It’s always great to see plaster on the walls because it means the joint is really starting to come together.

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That’s all for now, folks. Keep following the build and let me know your thoughts on my Scotty Cam Facebook Page.

Won’t be long til the next update so stay tuned for part 12 coming very soon…

 

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Mudgee – Follow The Build Part 10

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