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This year, I’m all about building more and spending less. I’ve come to the conclusion that I buy things way too easily and that I could use that money for something else, like putting my kids through college. Our problem was that our kids were too big for cribs and had started escaping them, but they weren’t big enough to sleep in a larger bed. We started by going to Ikea and considering purchasing an accordion-like bed that cost about one hundred and fifty bucks.

The main issue was that we were about to move back in with my wife’s parents, so we desperately needed a bed that could accommodate our twins. However, it shouldn’t have been to big to use in such a small space. As usual, my wife was as skeptical as ever, and that’s because she has little to no confidence in me when it comes to building stuff. Nonetheless, I found that this kind of attitude was what motivated me even more.


We got two mattresses and I started planning for an L-shaped bed. I was lucky enough to come across a comprehensive article published on Popular Mechanics which helped me a lot with regard to the materials that I needed. Something that I noticed I was attracted to was the idea of using lumber that had already served its purpose here, on Earth. Besides, kids grow quickly so it wouldn’t have made any sense to purchase new wood coming from fresh cut trees. I’m all for reusable products.


Fortunately, I had the help of my father. Once I assembled the headboards, sideboards, and backboards, it got a bit trickier. I made loads of calculations, of course, and more than enough outlines. You don’t need tools that are too fancy to do this project, and that’s something I’ve learned from the Popular Mechanics article. Of course, if you have a router, a miter saw, or a drill press, you’d be better off especially as these tools are real investments that pay for themselves in the long run.

It’s important for you to understand that you can achieve everything that has gone through your mind as long as it is a bit realistic. Sometimes, you don’t even have to spend a lot of money. It’s far easier to go to a store and get an item you need right away, just like it’s simpler to go out and eat in a restaurant or some takeout instead of cooking at home. Like a home-cooked meal tends to taste a lot better than what you’d buy while you’re out and about, it goes the same for DIY projects. It’s far more rewarding to build a bed for your kids with your own hands instead of spending over one hundred and fifty dollars on a frame they might outgrow sooner than you’d think.



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When you visit furniture centers, you will notice that major pieces can set you back over $1000 at least. When the furniture becomes outdated, you basically throw all that money away in a few years’ time right? However, if you learn the DIY trade for making furniture, you are sure to save thousands of dollars on acquisitions that you may leave out as junk in several years. A piece of store-bought furniture can be imitated in design as long as you have the right woodworking tools and skills.

Start by putting together a collection of tools.

Building your own furniture will only require a few basic tools. Start with a quality power drill. Cordless models may be handy around the house but corded machines offer sustained power, which is something you will need when working on DIY projects. You also save precious time that is wasted on waiting for the battery to juice up.

To drill small holes without the fasteners or screws being visible outside, use a Kreg Jig kit. This type of tool allows you to cut out small holes into which the screws go to sit inside the wood so your work is exceptionally professional-looking.

I share my miter saw with my friend, who is also into DIY as well. This tool facilitates faster cutting of wood. He owns an electric sander that helps in finishing a project smoothly. Wood stains are no problem because you can make some by putting together vinegar and steel wool. If you prefer a more intense stain, use more wool. The mixture works well to give the wood an aged or weathered look. Test the color on a piece of scrap wood before applying the stain.


Get DIY inspiration from various sources.

I have been fortunate to have stumbled on a lot of DIY sites but my top favorites have always been Popular Mechanics and Pinterest. At Pinterest, there’s so much to look at. It is a valuable source for me of notable furniture projects and designs for DIYers. Popular Mechanics is more technical and provides specific measurements for the wood you need to get, the exact type it has to be, etc., so the novice woodworker doesn’t have to worry about botching things up with the wrong kinds of materials.


Devote time to carry out DIY projects.

I suggest inviting a friend over to work on identical projects. This was what I and my friend did, and it was a lot of fun. We shopped for the wood and other materials together and had the lumberyard cut the wood pieces to the necessary sizes, all identical. By working with a friend, it was more efficient because we helped each other in making the cuts and measuring.

We may have been a bit exhausted because of the heat and exertion but the excitement of building something out of a collection of various pieces was worth it. We had cold beers afterwards as we admired our creations. Imagine, we just spent a total of $130 for tables that sell for $500 or so at the furniture plaza? And that was just the first of many projects we have done together.

Soon, my friend and I hope to make furniture design and creation a business we could seriously sink our chops into. Yes, if you build it, they will come.


Here are some simple steps to help you make a safe and comfortable crib.