Chris Gardner


Chris Gardner is an artist, writer, and sawdust-maker living and making messes in Portland, Oregon. He's the editor-in-chief of the DIY home decor community, and the founder of, a craft, art, and design site for guys. Chris Gardner on Twitter | Google+

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5 Things to Do with... Duct Tape

Handymen love duct tape for its power to delay the inevitable—specifically, the trouble and expense that a proper repair job will eventually entail. But while this heavy-duty adhesive is ...

5 Things to Do with... Light Bulbs

You flipped the switch only to see the light bulb flash with that familiar blue flare? My friend, you've got another burnt-out bulb on your hands. Don't fret: Not everything is lost, just...

10 Top DIY Pipe Fitting Projects

Plumbing may be best left in the hands of a pro, but getting creative with pipe fittings is a DIY project that can yield surprising results. Here are ten designs that raise the bar.

MAY 24, 2013 | FRIDAY
10 Reasons to Go Crazy for Chalkboard Paint

Personalize your mugs, label your storage, and throw creativity up on a wall with these clever uses for the DIYer's favorite and most customizable weapon: chalkboard paint.

MAY 23, 2013 | THURSDAY
Inexpensive Ideas and DIY Tips for Storing Sandpaper

When you first start tackling home projects, it's no problem to hit the hardware store for one of those sandpaper multipacks. But the more you get into building and repair—or any work inv...

MAY 9, 2013 | THURSDAY
How To: Sand Wood

Sanding is the unsung hero of any project with wood. It can take a long time, and the results are subtle: Sanding does not transform your workpiece in the way that cutting it to size does...

How To: Make a Mitered Corner

A mitered corner is formed by joining two pieces of wood, each cut to a 45° angle. One of the easier joints to cut, a mitered corner does not require a lot of special tools or setup time,...

MARCH 12, 2013 | TUESDAY
Top Tips for Installing Tongue-and-Groove Paneling

Install wood paneling in any room to inject architectural detail, warmth, and character into your home. Traditionally used on the walls of kitchens and entryways, many homeowners have beg...

MARCH 8, 2013 | FRIDAY
5 Easy Ways to Contain Sawdust and Drill Debris

In the spring, summer, and fall at our house, we're pretty active cyclists—for recreation, exercise, and transportation. As any cyclist knows, storing bikes can be an issue. Rather than a...

How To: Remove Varnish and Other Wood Finishes

Varnish, lacquer, shellac and other clear coats are applied to protect wood furniture and flooring from scratches, scuff marks, and stains. Applied properly, these products do their job w...