This ladder, custom-built to fit the living room, provides reliable access to the roof terrace via an operable skylight. Carefully crafted mortise and tenon joinery creates a steady frame, while smooth cut-outs make sturdy hand-holds for climbers.
Invisible when installed, the brackets at the top keep the ladder from shifting around, yet allow the ladder to be removed and replaced as desired.
Finally, the clear satin finish protects the wood from wear, water, and UV rays for years to come.
Mid-Century Modern Bed Frame
Inspired by a Mid-Century Modern home, this bed frame showcases it’s unique tapered legs, handsome solid headboard and minimalist design. The ash wood is finished with naturally smooth Danish Oil.
Airplants in Driftwood - DIY
I finally found a place for my airplants and I made these driftwood displays one morning over breakfast! Now they hang in my bathroom where we have a skylight and plenty of steam.
The close up shots show the hardware I used: one paperclip, two little eye hooks and wire. Plus I put a screw in the wall to hang the wood. That’s it!
Here’s how to do it: Bend the paperclip around the base of the plant and jam it into a hole, or in this case, into the eye hook which I hand-screwed into the back of the wood. Stretch the wire between the two hooks, twist, and hang the finished piece on a nail or screw in the wall.
The wood was found, the plants were a couple dollars, and the finished product looks amazing!
Toothbrush Shelf with Wireless Charger
I built a shelf that can charge my toothbrush and got rid of the plastic charging base!
I will detail how I built this, so you can, too, but some steps may be dangerous. My partner and I both have Philips Sonicare toothbrushes and between the two of us, we happen to have three chargers, so I was able to screw-up once.
The toothbrush will charge wirelessly if you hold it within a couple millimeters of the flat part where you’re suppose to rest the toothbrush handle. I figured I could remove most of the plastic parts, embed the charger into a chunk of wood, near the surface, and the toothbrush should charge if sitting on the surface close to the charging base.
First, I unscrewed the bottom of the plastic base with a little screwdriver after removing the black rubber circles with needle-nose pliers. Then I hacked away at the plastic parts I thought were unimportant with a jigsaw, awkward clamping, pliers, and brute force. The whole process was awkward and slow.
From the flat top of the charging base where the toothbrush handle rests, you can pretty much cut a plane across, except near where the electrical wire goes into the unit. I messed this up once and cut a wire, which killed the charger (and might shock someone). DO NOT CUT THE WIRE!
Where the wire enters the unit, I carefully, on the second try, worked away at crumbling the plastic/epoxy surrounding the wire with pliers. I wanted the wire moved out of the way and for the remaining charger to be as flat as possible so I can get it close to the surface.
Now for the fun part! I had an extra piece of oak wood that I shaped, finished with polyurethane, and then carved a hole into the back using a drill with a Forstner bit. I chiseled it out cleanly enough and test fitted the charger inside until it was as close to the surface as it could get without tearing the wood at the surface. Then I tested the toothbrush charger and it worked. So I filled the rest of the hole with caulk, to hold everything in place, and it’s ugly, but hidden.
I installed/embedded two keyhole brackets, but they were too long so I cut the excess with a jigsaw (metal cutting blade). The shelf is pretty light, so half-brackets are all I need.
Then I realized that the wire was too long, so I made a slot for extra wire using a Forstner bit and minimal cleaning.
Finally, I hung the shelf, guessed where the charging hot spot was, and drew a little circle. My partner and I take turns charging our toothbrushes, which is easy because they hold charge for two weeks of use. And we still have one spare charger that we can take on trips, but we never need to because, really, these things still run after two weeks of use.
That is my happy hack for the week.
I wanted to build custom cabinets for this little kitchenette to make the best use of this nook. I already bought a gorgeous sink (on craigslist for half-price) and picked out a refrigerator, so everything else had to work around those two items.
What I love about building custom cabinets is that I get to buy nice plywood/hardwood and drawer slides with the money I save from not having to buy pre-made cabinets which are either crummy or expensive. Of course my labor balances those savings out, but it was fun.