When it comes to DIY, the whole point is to recycle, reuse, and reduce, but sometimes that does come at a cost. Have you ever started a DIY project, only to realize you need about a dozen things from the store and in the end it would have just been less expensive to buy the piece brand new? Or maybe you’ve done a DIY project that you found online, but it just didn’t turn out quite how you expected. The great thing about these 20 projects is that they can be done for little to no cost! Here are 20 free DIY projects that have all been done with the free color swatches that you can pick up at your local paint store!

1. Rearrange your furniture. This may sound simple, but rearranging furniture is a great (and free!) way to completely change the look and feel of your home. If you always find yourself climbing over an ottoman, move your couch back to create a passing lane. Is it too cramped? Try moving your side table to another room that's more spacious. Click here for more tips.


Ben Hobbs has been building period reproduction furniture for nearly 30 years. After teaching high school math for 10 years, Ben's passion for early American furniture and architecture drew him into the shop in 1982. Since then, Ben has operated as a bespoke custom furniture maker reproducing fine early American pieces, focusing on Southern and local NC examples. After training all three of his sons to be accomplished furniture makers, Ben opened his shop doors in 1996 to train students in his woodworking school.


A super simple iPad Dock/stand made out of a single block of wood features an angled groove which gets to support the tablet device and a cut in a hole to revise access to the home button of your iPad. It’s possible to drill an access channel in the stand through which you can run a charging cable, although this mini stripped back iPad stand may have very limited functions.

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3.Rearrange the bookshelf. Reorganizing the bookshelf will easily make an entire room look more styled and polished, and you don't even have to get rid of anything. One tip is to arrange your books so they look like a smooth landscape of rolling hills. Put the tallest in the middle and fan out to the smallest or create multiple peaks (as long as the books flow together) or lay a few books on their side and stack them like a pyramid. For seven more tips to a visually organized bookshelf, click here.
This class is open to woodworkers who would like to broaden their approach to furniture making. What do we mean by this? We think it means you are a person who has decided to commit to learning furniture making; is yearning to develop a finer sense of design; has already acquired some woodworking skills and has a strong sense of the limitations of your own knowledge and skills.

As a custom furniture maker at NBSS, you’ll learn how to use and maintain both hand tools and power equipment. You’ll estimate costs, choose materials, and prepare working drawings for each project. You’ll cut various joints, turn, carve, and bend wood, apply marquetry or veneers. You’ll develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to create thoughtful furniture pieces to exacting standards.
The mission of the Fine Woodworking Department is to provide our students with opportunities for growth and development that set the foundation for life-long learning, academic achievement, and career accomplishment. We do this through three quality educational programs; traditional woodworking, advanced woodworking technology and lutherie. We encourage a passion for learning, through creativity, a commitment to excellence, and dedication to our students, and the communities we serve.
We have a great location — Our woodworking school is located near Knoxville, Tennessee. We are very accessible (within a day’s drive of 70% of the population in the USA!) for USA woodworkers. While many of our woodworkers come from Southeastern USA locations such as Atlanta, we also have woodworkers who come from further-away places such as Texas, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Maine — 43 states so far and counting!  We’ve even had woodworkers come from other countries  — as far away as Australia! Additionally, our location near the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlingburg ensures that there is an abundance of fantastic activities for you or your family to experience as well.
Toy-making was a special occupation of the the School's former kindergarten program in its earliest decades. The training offered young, mostly poor children not only brand new toys but also a set of usable skills. Today, with support from Thos. Moser, NBSS reflects on this legacy with a limited edition of 10 "Little Folks" Rockers lovingly handmade by School artisans. These charming collectors' items will benefit the Toys for Tots program, bringing joy and new toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.
We have an array of home grade tools including a chop saw, contractors table saw, drill press, various sanders, planer, joiner, lathe, band saw, panel saw, scroll saw, and other various hand tools. In addition we also have a metal shop, blacksmith area, an industrial robot, various CNC machines, an indoor ventilation(paint) area, electronics lab, 3d printing area, pottery area, clean craft/sewing area. We are a nonprofit with about 200 members and about 30,000 sq. feet, membership is $40 a month and includes a small storage area along with 24 hour building access. Check out our website www.milwaukeemakerspace.org and come on down to our weekly meeting on Tuesday’s at 7pm, we’re the big red building behind McDonalds in beautiful Bayview. http://wiki.milwaukeemakerspace.org/equipment
Each of our facilities includes laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a wood shop, a metal working shop, a textiles department, welding stations and a waterjet cutter. Members have open access to design software, featuring the entire Autodesk Design Suite. Huge project areas with large work tables are available for completing projects and collaborating with others. Free coffee and fresh popcorn are always available for your enjoyment. We also offer a number of experience-driven corporate events developed specifically to bring teams together and engage them in the act of making.
These charming accessories don't require any special tools to create. We simply gathered up four key rings and strung on: a brass cow tag, a plastic toy calf, a two-inch wooden printing block, and a couple vintage skeleton keys. A key ring can loop directly through the holes of the cow tag and skeleton keys; for the calf and printing block, just center and screw in a metal eye hook with your hands, then link the key ring through (key rings, $2.17 for 25; 1" diam.; eye hooks, 59 cents for 20; ⅝"; zorotools.com). For similar fobs, head to Michaels for the calf figurine ($2.99; michaels.com for stores), and search Etsy or eBay for tags, blocks, and keys (from $3 each).
Our offering includes brass plated butt hinges, continuous (�piano�) hinges, precision milled and extruded solid brass hinges for cabinets and furniture, traditional overlay and inset cabinet hinges in a number of finishes, Soss invisible hinges, cylinder hinges, European style cup hinges for face frame and frameless (panel) construction cabinets, and hinges for bi-fold door, angled door, thick door, molded edge door, overhead bin door, flap, tray and tabletop applications.
Just make sure to use non-toxic wood and non-toxic finishes like Raw Linseed Oil or Carnauba Wax so that dangerous chemicals from other woods and finishes doesn’t contaminate the food that goes onto the cutting board. You can also opt to include an indent for the knife, so the chef can put the knife into the cutting board when the knife is not currently in use.
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"Homemade ketchup really! Never would have thought to make it myself but why not. You can control the ingredients you use and how much and so simple to make. Add some different spices each time and see what flavors you can come up with. Why not challenge your friends or family members to see who can make the best and then try them out on some food."

Hand Tool Selection & Use:  In these classes we explore various hand tools such as chisels, hand planes, handsaws, etc. and train students how to use them safely and maintain them well. We go over various characteristics of different tools and make recommendations based on experience.  Students will learn how to select the perfect tool for the perfect result.
The Nine-month Comprehensive is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. The hands-on, project-oriented format includes the full range of furniture making skills. Sequential projects take students from the fundamentals through the fine points of design and craftsmanship.
Build this handy stool in one hour and park it in your closet. You can also use it as a step to reach the high shelf. All you need is a 4 x 4-ft. sheet of 3/4-in. plywood, wood glue and a handful of 8d finish nails. Cut the plywood pieces according to the illustration. Spread wood glue on the joints, then nail them together with 8d finish nails. First nail through the sides into the back. Then nail through the top into the sides and back. Finally, mark the location of the two shelves and nail through the sides into the shelves. Don’t have floor space to spare? Build these super simple wall-mounted shoe organizers instead! 

Looking for a great gift for a friend or family member or maybe a Christmas gift? Recommended woodwork projects include a turned wood box with a lid or how to make a jewlery box. New to woodworking? Great! Check out these simple beginner’s woodworking projects. No matter the DIY woodworking project you can find your next gift idea in the wood craft videos listed below.
Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.
Veneering and Marquetry.  Learn to skillfully select and apply different veneers   using traditional methods make use of hide glue and a specialty veneer hammer.  We’ll also train you in techniques for using cold glues, and to do vacuum bag veneering with flat or curved cauls. Marquetry – the art of is creating pictures in wood and veneer, is also included in these classes.
Our offering includes brass plated butt hinges, continuous (�piano�) hinges, precision milled and extruded solid brass hinges for cabinets and furniture, traditional overlay and inset cabinet hinges in a number of finishes, Soss invisible hinges, cylinder hinges, European style cup hinges for face frame and frameless (panel) construction cabinets, and hinges for bi-fold door, angled door, thick door, molded edge door, overhead bin door, flap, tray and tabletop applications.
Yes Seriously! You can build an easy bed frame yourself without any other’s help. As everyone knows the starting point of any bedroom is a gorgeous bed. However, you also need something that lets you enjoy peaceful slumber in comfort and warmth, but since the bed took as the focal point of the room, you may need something that looks really good too.
For the last six years, Bob Miller CF '11, small business owner and Shop Technician for the Continuing Education Department, has not made many changes to his private bench space. However, three years ago he acquired what he now considers his favorite and most useful tool: an emmert pattern makers bench vice. "That is by far the most used tool in my shop." he says "It's unusual, rare, and was manufactured sometime between 1898 and 1915, making it at least 100 years old."
Need a place to store those beautiful flowers from a loved one or personal garden, but not a big fan of the giant, antique vase? I strongly recommend making a bottle vase holder! These easy to design, easy to make bottle vase holders are the perfect starter project for anyone new to the world of woodworking and looking for a project to help get them off the ground.
Relax and enjoy your outdoor space with this smart patio combo consisting of a sofa and chair. You can adjust the size completely to make it fit perfectly onto your patio or deck, and both the sofa and chair have arms that double as trays for al fresco dining. And you can make your own cushions to fit, or use shop-bought ones and add your own ties, if necessary.
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"Wow this is a great tutorial on how to make your own mayo with some good suggestions too and even different things you can use for flavors and even an eggless one. I did not know it was so easy to make and you can control and make sure there is no chemicals in it. Bring some out in your container with your name on label for those sandwiches and watch people be impressed and think you are a genius."
A super simple iPad Dock/stand made out of a single block of wood features an angled groove which gets to support the tablet device and a cut in a hole to revise access to the home button of your iPad. It’s possible to drill an access channel in the stand through which you can run a charging cable, although this mini stripped back iPad stand may have very limited functions.
Toy-making was a special occupation of the the School's former kindergarten program in its earliest decades. The training offered young, mostly poor children not only brand new toys but also a set of usable skills. Today, with support from Thos. Moser, NBSS reflects on this legacy with a limited edition of 10 "Little Folks" Rockers lovingly handmade by School artisans. These charming collectors' items will benefit the Toys for Tots program, bringing joy and new toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.
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