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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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. &...

APRIL 26, 2012 | THURSDAY
How To: Spring 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...

MARCH 28, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
The $20 Japanese Pull Saw: A DIYer's Best Bang for the Buck

This is not dedicated to the woodworkers, the gear hounds or the power tool junkies. This isn't for the contractors, the rehabbers or those who won’t touch anything that couldn’t be descr...

MARCH 22, 2012 | THURSDAY
7 DIY Recycling Centers for Small Spaces

Whether you're lucky enough to have once-weekly curbside service, or you have to transport your paper, glass, metal and plastic to a local drop-off center, there's that necessary first st...

MARCH 15, 2012 | THURSDAY
5 Eye-Catching Range Hoods for All Kitchen Styles

There once was a time when homeowners tried to keep their range hoods concealed—attached to a microwave, tucked underneath a cabinet, or in my case even now, within the actual range itsel...

FEBRUARY 22, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
5 Creative Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinetry

Don't miss 11 Great Alternatives to Traditional Kitchen CabinetsThere are hundreds of companies who will gladly sell you stock kitchen cabinets and storage solutions, and there are master...

FEBRUARY 6, 2012 | MONDAY
How To: Choose the Right Furnace Filter

As far as home improvement gear goes, furnace filters are admittedly among the least, um. . . exciting. There's none of the danger and raw efficacy of power tools, none of the visual impa...

JANUARY 30, 2012 | MONDAY
Why Every DIYer Needs a Thickness Planer

The thickness planer is not the most versatile tool in your arsenal. In fact, it really only does one thing: it planes things to a consistent thickness, as its name suggests. It's definit...