What is a Speed Square

If you do any kind of work or projects around your home, a speed square is a great addition for your tool bag.

Although they call it a square, it really is a triangular-shaped, carpenters’ mark out tool. The tool was first manufactured and sold by Swanson Tool Co. Inc, back in 1928.

The Speed Square combines some of the common functions of the framing square, try square, and combination square built into one tool. It was originally designed for craftsmen for laying out rafters and stair stringers quickly.

Mine is always in my tool pouch and is one of my most used tools. I find the most use I get from my speed square is as a saw guide for my circular saw or jig saw when making quick 45 and 90 degree cuts.

As you start to use one, you will find the speed square is useful for so many thing besides just cutting boards. It is an awesome tool to have when you are doing tile work, making furniture, installing doors and windows, fixing a gate and so much more.

The speed square comes in standard 7 inch and also 12 inch for bigger projects.


Check out the video for basic uses of a speed square.

You can find it here on Amazon. Speed Square.

For more uses for your speed square check out the video on page 2.


Foam Sidewalk Chalk

Most kids love to draw on the sidewalk or driveway with sidewalk chalk. But here is a little twist to that to make the fun a little more interesting. Foam sidewalk chalk that you can make yourself, will give the kids tons of fun all summer.

Great things can be drawn with this product and it will wash right off when you are finished.

Here is the list of what you will need to make some foam sidewalk chalk.

Supplies:Foam Chalk supplies

  • Two 4 oz. bottles of WASHABLE school glue

  • 1 cup white flour

  • 4-5 cups plain white shaving foam

  • food coloring drops

  • 1 gallon plastic zipper bag

  • sandwich-sized plastic zipper bags – 1 per food coloring

  • scissors

  • Optional: plastic squirt bottles (such as used for tie dyeing)

Head over to thetiptoefairy.com to see the full instructions.

Built-in Cooler Picnic Table!


When you are ready for a party, no need to drag the coolers out of the basement or garage. Just bring out some drinks and some ice and your ready to party!

Are you a DIYer who loves working with wood? This cooler picnic table has built in trays to keep your drinks cold while out in your yard.

Building this table is a great DIY project you will be proud of. Depending on the type of wood species used, materials will run anywhere from $150 – $350.  Cedar, a wonderful choice for outdoor furniture, will cost significantly more than Douglas fir, which is what was chosen for the table you see.


  • 5 – 2×8  8′ length (table top)

  • 2 – 2×6  8′ length (ice box lids)

  • 5 – 2×4  8′ length (framing/skirting)

  • 2 – 4×4  8′ length (table legs)

  • 3 – 1×4  8′ length (ice box supports)

  • 2 – plastic planter boxes – see photo below

  • 2 1/2″ Kreg pocket screws

  • 1 1/2″ Kreg pocket screws

  • 1 3/4″ Deck screws

  • 8 – 5/16″ x 3″ bolts

  • 8 – 5/16″ washers

  • 8 – 5/16″ wood anchors

  • 120 grit sandpaper

  • 80 grit sandpaper

  • Pre-conditioner, stain, exterior spar varnish, foam brushes, fine sanding block


  • Measuring tape

  • Pencil

  • Drill

  • Table saw (optional but very helpful)

  • Miter saw or circular saw

  • Orbital sander

  • Kreg Jig

  • Clamps

  • 2 1/8″ hole saw


Read more at remodelaholic.com



Transform Your Cluttered Closet into a Storage Haven


You know how closets always get cluttered because there just isn’t enough space to organize all your stuff. If you are a handy DIYer with some woodworking knowledge you are in for a treat, if you are just a beginner it is a nice project to get started with.

Brad from fix this build that, will show us how to make your cluttered closet become so much more organized using  a few wooden crates and some drawer slides.

Turning this disorganized clutter:


Into This well organized closet:


Go to the Next Page to see the material and tools you will need for this project.



Awesome DIY Bird Houses

Building your own bird houses can be a great DIY project that the whole family will love to get involved in. It is a great learning experience for the little one, both building them and watching the birds find their home and raise their young.

Keep in mind that different birds have different space needs, knowing what kind of birds are in your area that may use your house, can help you decide how big to build it.

What’s the Best Time

There is no bad time to put up bird houses, and the best time to put them up is as soon as you have them available. Even if it is not nesting season, birds may investigate the house, learn where it is and possibly use it as shelter. If you only want to provide houses for nesting, putting them up in late winter or very early spring will ensure they are available for even the earliest nesting species.  About.com


Start with a simple Bluebird or Swallow House!

Bluebird house



Like most of us, Birds need a starter home also!

Starter Home



With this house, the birds will be right at home as if they built it themselves.

Rustic bird house



Bird will love to nest in your wood shed, now they can have their own!

Wood shed



A Birds Home is where you hang your hat!

Hat House



Are your birds more upscale? Check Out these houses you can build them on Page 2.



15 Beautiful Vertical Pallet Planters

If you want to a garden but don’t have the space, then these vertical pallet planters will be really nice. Using Pallets for building things is a great way to save money and still finish with an awesome project.

A little paint and some plants and you have some awesome planters.

vertical planter 1

Great idea from designrulz.com


A nice fence for a little privacy from your neighbors.

vertical planter 7

 Very nice from guidepatterns.com


A simple little project that can brighten up any area.

vertical planter 2

A simple project from design rulz.com


Great planters for livening up any wall or fence.

vertical planter 10

Thanks for the beautiful idea palletfurniturediy.com


A sweet little planter that will look great on your porch.

vertical planter 8

Many thank to guidepatterns.com for this sweet project.


See more awesome project ideas on the next page.


Easy Pantry Organization!


We all know how pantries have a way of getting cluttered and then things get lost in the back for months until we do a total overhaul. It takes a lot of time searching for things we know we have, but can’t find. How much money we waste on tossing out things that went bad or we bought more not knowing we had it buried in the pantry.

Using containers and labels will help keep your pantry more organized, making your life a little easier.

In this video Cherie and here daughter give us some tips on how they fixed up their pantry.

Fun Chalkboard Ideas

Kids room chalkboard

One thing parents freak out about is their kids writing on the walls. Now with the introduction of chalkboard paint, comes some fun ideas of where you can make a chalkboard anywhere you desire, so now the kids can write on the walls without you getting upset.

Brighten up a child’s room with their own chalkboard walls.

Kids room chalkboard

Image source: thebump.com


You can put a strip around the room where you children will learn where and where not to color while making there own unique border.

Child's room

Image source: toledoblade.com


Blackboard paint now comes in almost any color so dream away.


Image source: florencefinds.com


You can paint your child’s dresser with chalkboard paint, so they learn while they play.


Image source: mcbabybump3.com


Turn an old coffee table or desk into a play station.

Play Table

Image source: homemaking-cottage-blog.com


Want your kids outdoors more? Make them a giant weather proof chalkboard, that will keep them entertained for hours.


Find this great tutorial at heytherehome.com


Click the next page arrow to see other wonderful uses for a chalkboard too.


DIY Chalkboard Paint

Paint Mixing

Chalkboard paint is an awesome product where you can turn just about anything into a chalkboard. But if you want to do a great job you will usually need 2 coat,  if you have a large area you want to do, such as a whole wall it can get expensive.

If you are a DIYer you can make your own chalkboard paint and save a few dollars.

Here are the materials you will need:

Latex paint – In what ever color you desire.

Dry Non-sanded tile grout – use a neutral color especially with light color paint,  any brand will do! Unsanded-Grout

Mixing bucket – 2x bigger than the amount of paint you need to mix.

Mixing device – If you are mixing a small amount a paint stick will do, if you need a large amount I recommend a mixing paddle attached to a drill.

Brush or Roller – A low nap roller – 1/4″, and a good brush, foam brushes work well.

Sand paper –  150 – 220 grit. You may need to lightly sand board if it is rough when finished



1. Mix the latex paint with the non-sanded grout in a cup or bucket. A good ratio to use is 1 part grout to 8 parts paint. So, if you’re mixing a small amount, mix 1 tablespoon grout with a ½-cup paint. For a larger amount — like I used — mix 1 cup of grout with a ½ gallon of paint.

3. Condition the chalkboard. Get your chalkboard ready for drawing by rubbing the board with chalk, then wiping it off with a dry towel in circular strokes. With that final step, it’s ready to be put to good use.
Directions thanks to Houzz.com

DIY Backyard Games!

Backyard games

Keeping the kids entertained all summer long can sometimes be a challenge. They get bored and want something new to do! Taking their favorite game outdoors in back yard size can be a lot of fun for the whole family.

Here are some great DIY backyard games that you and them can build and then play with all summer. They are great for parties also!

Backyard Size 4 in a Row. This easy DIY project will supply Great fun for the whole family!


See building directions at the Home Depot blog!

Corn Hole

What is Corn Hole?  Corn Hole is a fun bean bag toss game that everyone will enjoy.


Find building plans at diy network.


Ladder Toss 

You can build a ladder toss game out of wood and pipe or it can be made with PVC pipe.

Ladder toss pvcLadder toss

By School Carnival Games                   By Bob Villa

Photos via Pinterest


Backyard Kerplunk

See how many sticks you can remove before the balls go kerplunk! A quick DIY game you can build with just a few items.

Backyard Kerplunk

Check it out on HomeFast.


Giant Jinga

If you like Jinga indoors, your going to love playing outdoor with this giant lawn game you built yourself.

Giant Jenga


What you need:
• 8 wooden 2 x 4s, 8-foot long
• 1 sharpie
• 1 power saw
• 1 electric sander
• 3–4 paintbrushes and colourful paint

1) Head on down to the lumberyard and pick up the 2 x 4s.

2) Saw the 2 x 4s into 10½-inch pieces for a total of 54 game blocks. If you don’t have access to a saw, get someone from the hardware store to cut the wood for you. Thankfully, I have a dad with all kinds of gadgets who was happy to lend a hand.

3) Sand the edges to make the wooden game pieces smooth around the ends and edges. This not only makes it easier for the pieces to slide during the game, but also prevents players from getting splinters.

4) At this point, the game can be played as is for a life-size regular game of Jenga. But if you’re interest
in adding an extra twist to the rules, this is where the fun begins. Using a sharpie, write a different instruction on each piece of wood. This could be a general rule for all players of the game or something specific for the person who winds up choosing that particular game piece.


Thanks To My Town Crier for this great idea.


And then there is Yardzee, Yes, the backyard version of Yatzee. See it and more on page 2