Thursday, February 19, 2015

How to make a tin can flowerpot for a wall decoration

My highly creative aunt came up with the idea to take a couple of tin cans and a wooden mat and transform it into a flowerpot unit to put on her outside wall as a decoration. She asked me to assemble it for her. I agreed with the condition to share it on my blog.

Materials used
She gave me four silver tin cans of different shapes and sizes and a small wooden mat normally found in bathrooms. I added washers and screws to hold it all together, and then used roll bolts to hold it against her wall.

Tools used

The first thing I did was to figure out the precise position for each of the tin cans by moving them around, and finally settled on the following layout. This layout makes it possible to use taller types of plants and it covers the wooden mat evenly.

Then I looked at where the cans laid directly on top of the mood mat to determine where then best positions would be to put screws. Next, I made marks with a pencil to indicate where the whole needed to be drilled on both the cans and wood mat, and drilled the wholes.

The last part remaining was to screw in the screws. I used a handy flexible screw driver fitting to easily turn the screws which made task much easier.

Below is the finished pot plant unit after I attached it to my aunt’s wall with roll bolts.

Monday, February 16, 2015

My ideal custom computer desk sketch and miniaturized model

While I was busy going through my old photos, I came across a past DIY project of mine that seemed appropriate to share on my blog. Here is the load down.

A couple of years ago I decided that it was time to give my computer desk a makeover. I used the same old office desk as a computer desk ever since I got my first computer and thought it was time for an upgrade.

Here is an old picture of how my setup used to be.
old computer dest and setup

Taking the time to go from furniture store to furniture store proved to be pointless. I couldn't find anything on sale I liked at the time or that met my needs. I was looking for a stylish light wood color desk that was narrow, had a sliding panel for my keyboard and could hold some of my favorite books and DVD’s along with all my computer accessories. All the furniture stores in my town had more or less the same types of mass produced desks that didn't looked worth the money they were asking for it, so I thought I’d take a shot to build my own.

Here is how the planning process took place.

The first thing I did was to sit down with a pencil and piece of paper to sketch out what I believed to be a far superior computer desk to replace my old one. Keeping all the criteria in mind that I mentioned in the above paragraph, I came up with more or less the following rough design.
homemade computer desk sketch

I then took some time to re-sketch the entire plan with full measurements and then scaled down those measurements to build a miniature model of the desk as you can see in the picture below.
homemade computer desk model

It’s unfortunate that I gave the desk away when I was moving a while back and failed to take a good picture of the whole thing. Below is the best picture I could find of my previously owned DIY custom build dream computer desk when it was finished and in use.
new custom computer desk and setup

Monday, October 8, 2012

homemade handle grip for my machete

I wanted to conduct metal tempering experiments on my machete ever since my friends inspired me to have a good strong blade for when we go hiking and camping in the wild. The standard plastic handle grip for my machete had to come off the blade before warming the metal obviously, which left me with a little problem once the experiments were done. This is a common obstacle for me and my friend who are constantly making new blade.

The best heavy duty handle grip that we came up with before was a thick straight piece of rubber hose that’s originally use with car radiators. But because my machete is a very thin piece of metal and we didn’t have a large enough piece left for my handle grip, I had to come up with something else.

My first thoughts were to use a piece of hard plastic water pipe as you can see from the first photo above, but later decided against it. After looking in the garage for other materials to use and taking some time to think it through I found another solution.

I got a relatively long piece of old electrical cord in the garage, took our glue gun, masking and isolation take and did the following steps.

  • Step 1: First thing to do is to untangle and then clean the electrical cord with a wet then dry cloth. Don’t strip or remove the wires inside the cord, just use as is. Plug in the glue gun and switch in on so long to get warm.

  • Step 2: Cut the electrical cord on one side to make it look neat and glue the pit about 1cm from the bottom part of the metal where the handle should be. After it’s glued on and you’re satisfied with the position of the cord, let it cool off then tightly wind the rest of the cord around the handle till you reached the desired length. Cut the cord on the other end and use the glue gun to stick it there.

For extra staying power, I suggest putting some more glue on the ends.

  • Step 3: Use masking tape to cover the electrical cord nice and tight, and then follow with isolation tape.

That’s it, all done.

The only thing that remained was to test it, and surly I did.
The handle is light in weight, water resistant, shock absorbent and provide good solid grip for my hands.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Homemade outdoor wooden dog house

My friend told me he wanted to build a wooden dog house for his miniature Doberman and showed me ply wood he purchased and wanted to use for it. A few weeks later he asked me to take over the project from him since he didn’t have time to do it himself anymore. At that time I was constructing a book self for a teachers class room and had time, so I agreed.

He gave me a roughly drawn sketch of how the wanted his dog house to look with his desired measurements, as well as the ply wood that he bought. The ply wood he gave where only enough to cover the walls of the dog house thou, but I told my friend to leave it up to me. 

Before I got started with the project, I drew a detailed sketch with measurements then checked in our garage to see if I can find some pieces of wood for the roof, floor area and framework that where still short. Luckily I got the pieces I needed to continue with the project without dely. (Holding on to off cuts from previous projects proved to be worthwhile yet again.)


I cleaned all the pieces of wood with a wet cloth and drying it with a dry one, then used a pencil with measuring tape then stated to measure and saw the wood according to the sketch I drew.

Then I constructed a solid frame that I wanted to use as the core structure of the dog house. I used glue and nails to hold the frame together. The floor area was assembled and attached to the frame, then came the walls which only left me with the roof.

At that point I painted the dog house as well as the unattached roof panels and left it outside to dry in the sun. Enamel paint where used to paint the dog house, because enamel paint seals the wood and makes it last much longer compared to oil or water base paint. The doghouse got painted with two coats of paint and the roof panels with three coats. After the paint dried completely, I nailed the roof panels to the framework and nailed a genuine horseshoe (that my friend gave) above the entrance to complete the project.

Easy homemade rock blinds

The picture of this outdoor homemade rock blinds was taken at my sister’s wedding venue. It was constructed by the venue owner’s son. After taking a closer look of how it was constructed and talking about it with the creator of this unique blinds, I felt compelled to document information for possible future use.

This process of making these types of blinds are very versatile. For instance, string can be used instead of wire permit it be strong enough and the rocks small enough. Bigger rocks worked well for this outdoor blinds, but smaller rock’s would work and display very well for example mini blinds. Just consider where you want to hang the blinds first and what materials you have available to use then work from there. 

Here is the process to make rock blinds using wire with the rocks.

  • Step 1:

It’s easier to start making rock blinds from the top then working downwards. To secure the first rock with wire, wrap wire tightly around the rock leaving about one and a half inch of wire sticking out. Mark the center at the bottom bend, and then use pliers to make a loop big enough so another piece of wire could fit through it later.

  • Step 2:

Look for the center at the other side of the rock and give it a ninety degree bend. Wrap the wire around the side of the rock from that bend.

  • Step 3:

Push the end of the wire underneath the bend, pull it tight and bend it again at ninety degrees to the opposite side.

  • Step 4:

Bend the excess short piece of wire that were used to begin with flat on the rock, and keep the wire that passes it straight.

  • Step 5:

Bend the short piece of wire that stuck out around the wire that passes it by, and wind it up tightly to it. The first rock is now secured in wire.

  • Step 6:

Decide the height from the anchor point to the first rock, and then twist the wire once around a piece of round bar. Cut the wire about 1.5 inches from the bend.

  • Step 7:

Tightly twist the short piece of wire around the wire that lead to the rock.

Now all that remains to do is to complete this process with one miner change. After the next rock is secured with wire, decide the desired height that it needs to be from the first rock. Cut the wire about 1.5 inches from that point and give it a ninety degree bend.

Insert the end of that wire into the twisted hole at the bottom of the wire frame of the first rock. Then simply continue bending the wire another hundred and eighty degrees.

Simply twist the bended piece of wire around the wire that leads to the rock to finish. The wire is a little too short in the picture example below, that’s why I recommend a length of 1.5 inches.


And that’s the basic procedure on how to make homemade rock blinds.