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... Mason Jars

Might I tell you my very favorite thing about the ever-versatile mason jar? The design has remained essentially unchanged since 1888. Eighteen hundred eighty-eight! That's 124 years ago. ...

JUNE 28, 2012 | THURSDAY
5 Things to Do with... Old Windows

Vintage windows are much easier to come by than you might think. Before the salvage craze became mainstream, windows were often one of the few items saved from building demolition. As a r...

JUNE 18, 2012 | MONDAY
How To: Make a Birdhouse

The homemade birdhouse is a DIY classic. And with good reason: It’s usually the first woodworking project for many; often how youngsters are introduced to working with tools. It's a quick...

JUNE 18, 2012 | MONDAY
How To: Make an Outdoor Shower

Whether you’re cooling off, rinsing off, or actually bathing, an outdoor shower is a fun and relatively easy summer DIY project that you’ll find yourself using even more than you imagined...

Top Tips for Building a Better DIY Birdhouse

A DIY birdhouse can be as simple or as detailed as you like—from a basic box shape built with butt-joints and a 45-degree roof to one modeled after architecture you love, a miniature vers...

JUNE 5, 2012 | TUESDAY
How To: Clean Your Toolbox and Workshop

While spring is generally considered the month for cleaning windows, airing out the house, reorganizing the cupboards, and tending to general home maintenance, your workshop and tools kno...

MAY 16, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Get Clean, Chip-Free Cuts in Melamine and Veneer

Melamine-coated particleboard is a great material for storage, basement, garage, home office, and kid's room projects. It's less expensive than plywood and has a much cleaner finished loo...

MAY 4, 2012 | FRIDAY
10 DIY Pipe Fitting Projects (No Plumbing Required)

Many contractors and home improvement experts will say, "Homeowners and DIYers should try anything, except for electricity and plumbing. That's best left to licensed professionals. &...

How To: Clean Your Power Tools

Like everything with moving parts—your car, your computer, your body—your power tools will last longer and work better with a little bit of maintenance. Since it's the season for spring c...

APRIL 17, 2012 | TUESDAY
5 Ways to Get Perfect, Clean Cuts in Plywood

Plywood sheet goods are an essential in any home improvement project involving wood. But due to their layered structure, they're often prone to tear-out. The result: little, ragged splint...