Chris Gardner

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 Curbly.com, and the founder of ManMadeDIY.com, a craft, art, and design site for guys. Chris Gardner on Twitter | Google+

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MARCH 27, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
How to Use a Miter Box

A miter box is a simple, affordable tool that allows a DIYer to make accurate cuts in wood. Since this wood angle cutter is hand-powered, they are quiet and they are light enough to be ea...

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...

FEBRUARY 26, 2013 | TUESDAY
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...

OCTOBER 17, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
6 DIY Standing Desk Projects to Keep You Healthy While You Work

It turns out that sitting is bad for you. Like really, really awful. It's no surprise that a sedentary lifestyle isn't healthy, but some are now arguing that sitting down is a harmful way...

OCTOBER 10, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
6 Simple & Easy DIY Closet Door Transformations

There's the big stuff—renovations, major appliances, new suites of furniture—any of which can make an obvious impact in your home. But don't overlook the little features as well, like cab...

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 | FRIDAY
5 "Make in a Weekend" Bookshelf Projects (No Fancy Woodworking Required)

Groucho Marx's famous quote, "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read," has been printed on many a tote bag, day planner, coffee ...

SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
5 Favorite Picture Hanging Tricks

Hanging a picture is about as DIY as many homeowners get. But although it may seem easy, hanging a picture properly is much more than a haphazard task. Here are five favorite tips for tak...

AUGUST 30, 2012 | THURSDAY
Eco-Friendly Flooring: 5 Ways to Go Green from the Bottom Up

60% to 70% of the homes in the U. S. contain carpeting made from nylon, polyester, or vinyl—materials dependent on non-renewable fossil fuels. The interest in environmentally friendly flo...

AUGUST 16, 2012 | THURSDAY
How To: Drill Straight 90° Holes (Without a Drill Press)

Except in special cases—when you intentionally choose a specific angle or bias—it's important to keep all drill holes perpendicular to the surface. This is easy to accomplish with a drill...

AUGUST 9, 2012 | THURSDAY
How To: Choose the Right Screw for the Right Job

Back in the day there were just two options, slotted or Phillips. You picked one, picked a length, and were good to go. But the fastener market has made huge strides over the last few dec...