Making Ladder Wall Storage Hooks

After buying a new ladder, I needed some brackets to get it off the floor and out of harms way, so I made up some brackets from 2×3″ and chipboard  that I happened to have lying around.

Here they are complete, very simple design fixed with lots of wood glue and 42mm drywall screws. They are secured to the wall with 3 3″x10 screws each.  They have and will hopefully continue to prove capable of supporting the 20kg ladder. To finish I wiped them over with a quick coat of danish oil. Job done.


Replacing Car Boot Gas Struts

To avoid the car boot trying to injure me every time I opened the boot, I set about replacing the gas struts, its a quick and easy job, all that’s needed is slotted screwdriver, grease and the struts.

the struts are held in place with metal clips that just need to be removed. Then apply grease and push on the new struts. Make sure that the boot lid is supported when changing them over.

Job done.


Building Airing Cupboard Shelves

I made some shelves for the airing cupboard. Constructed from 2×1″ PSE. Very simple construction just 2×1″, wood glue, screws and Danish Oil.

Shelves laid out prior to fixing some shorter to accommodate plumbing.

Once the 2 shelves were complete, I sanded and finished with Danish oil to protect the wood and to improve finish.

Then I moved onto the supports, I have kept the shelves and supports separate so if access is needed for maintenance the shelves can be quickly and easily be removed.

I mitred the corners on the upright supports to improve the aesthetics. Scrap wood used when cutting to prevent tear out and keen a good edge.

Mitres fitted, the shelves slot onto the uprights fixed with one screw each to hold them in place and to make it easier to remove if needed for maintenance.

Final Result complete

Tumble dryer stand

I ordered a tumble dryer and wanted to make a stand with castors to make moving it easy as its going to be located in my workshop. I also wanted to add a worktop to protect the machine and provide somewhere to put stuff when working. So I gathered up the following materials:

  • x1 full sheet of 18mm MDF (only half was needed)
  • 2×3” CLS timber
  • Wood glue
  • Drywall screws (65mm and 42mm)
  • Danish Oil (j cloth/sponge and gloves to apply)
  • x4 75mm braked castors
  • m8 washers

Then after a few minutes on sketchup I produced this:

I set the top slightly back that the bottom to ensure access to the control panel on the machine was not obstructed.

To construct, first I got the MDF cut to the nearest mm at the local DIY centre taking the measurements from sketchup,  its quicker than trying to cut sheet materials well with a circular saw and more importantly I don’t have any decent dust extraction (MDF dust is not nice!).

Once I had the MDF panels cut I started with the base, I cut the 2×3” to size, added plenty of glue, clamped and used drywall screws to fix through the MDF into the 2×3”.

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Building a Storage Shelf Unit

I needed some shelves to store the accumulated junk that collects in a garage so to give some room to still make things.

The storage unit was constructed from CLS 2×3” and 12mm MDF. The CLS is more than adequate in strength and the MDF will provide a nice flat surface for the shelves.

I got the 2 full MDF sheets cut into five pieces each so I ended up with 10 pieces approx 485mm by 1220mm. By placing two piece side by side I will have a unit with five shelves 2.4m long with no waste.

CLS Timber 2×3”

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Cheap Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 3

Making a Workbench Part 3

Making a Workbench Part 1 is here, Part 2 here, completed (almost) picture here, tools lists here and final finishing here.

Now moving on, I marked up the shorter lower stretchers

Then applying plenty of glue I clamped the longer lower stretchers

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Cheap Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 2

Making a Workbench Part 2

Making a Workbench Part 1 is here, Part 3 here, completed (almost) picture here tools lists here and final finishing here.

I first started by marking up the long sides with four marks to provide a fixing point for the legs and marking four points on the shorted sides – 2 to attach to the sides and 2 to attach to the legs. I marked this up on a template to speed the process up, then piloted drilled and countersunk the holes.

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Tools Lists for workbench building

Building a workbench – Tools

Below are three tools lists – List 1 is the absolute minimum list to build a workbench, constructing it with nails, the second build with screws and a very cheap drill and the third with a better drill and some optional items that will make it easier to build and leaves a few tools to use in other projects (for example a 19 drill bit set rather than just one drill bit). They are just to demonstrate that due to the simplicity of construction a workshop full of tools is not required.

I have not used or bought every single item on the lists but from my experience and some rudimentary internet research these look like reasonable items to complete this project.

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Cheap and Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 1

Making a Workbench Part 1 Part Two is here, Part 3 here, completed (almost) picture here tools lists here and final finishing here.

This post will detail how I build one of my sturdy and cheap 2×4” workbenches. My design was inspired by the hammerzone workbench plans: Link

I wanted easy construction, cheap materials and strength. I amended the plans in the following manner:

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Building a Guest Bed 2

Building a Guest Bed 2


I decided to add an additional 2×4” to the centre of the bed as there was slight flex in the frame. I cut the 2×4” to 167cm, flipped the frame over and marked the centre of the bed and the centre of the 2×4”. Then I lined these marks up and clamped 2 pieces of scrap wood each side to hold the 2×4” in place. I marked up 2 screw holes, ensured that the top was flush with the bottom of the frame and then piloted holed, countersunk and then put in two screws. Then I done the same the other end. Then I flipped over the frame and marked the middle of the centre slat, clamped the centre 2×4” upwards, marked holes and then pilot holed and countersunk 2 screws in. I choose to use 2 screws on the 3 centre slats, 2 on each end (not in the centre due to screws running underneath) and 1 on the others. All these were using 5x50mm screws.

This additional 2×4” has really improved the rigidity of the frame and although it would have been ok without.

I will give the bed a quick wipe over with Danish Oil at some point.

These plans are great, I spent quite a bit of time ensuring that everything was perfectly aligned and sanded it down, this is not really required and if your pushed for time you could omit, It may still be a challenge to get it complete inside an hour as the plans suggest!

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Building a Guest Bed Part one

Building a Guest Bed Part one

I needed a bed for a guest bedroom, I wanted to use a small double mattress to keep a little extra space in the room. Small double bed frames are a little trickier to find, so I decided to make my own. With some extensive online research I eventually stumbled upon low waste bed plans on instructables [link]. They looked easy to follow and judging by the comments many people had built and succeeded.

So one trip to the local builders yard later, I had a stack of CLS 2×4” and PSE (plane square edged) 1×4”.

bill of materials:

  • 2×4”
  • 4×1”
  • 5x50mm wood screws
  • 5x80mm woodscrews
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • 180 grit sandpaper