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  • Flat-Pack Picnic Table From 1 Sheet of Plywood

    I made one for our daughter/family a few years ago, and added a couple tweaks that we like. When using plywood, I commonly rip a 1by into thin (1/8" to 1/4") strip for edge banding. Adds a cleaner look IMO for minimal cost/effort. The original seats and table top got water damaged over the years. so I replaced the top with a 5' wide piece of exterior birch ply, and the seats out of 5' long cedar fence slats jointed together a little wider than the original design. Added a 1" wide strip on the bottom edge all around and finished with a strip from another fence slat, so the table looks more substantial now. The edging makes for cleaner rounder and the cedar gives it a nice appearance too IMO.

    I built this for my daughter a few years ago. It is our backyard table at the moment, because we are renting and have needed to move for work. It works for adults. We've had 4 and 2 kids at one point, and the other dad is even 6', though it admittedly is on the low side. Water seeped into my first top, so I replaced it with a larger size.

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  • dirk.medema commented on manuelmasc's instructable HDPE Blocks From Plastic Bottles1 year ago
    HDPE Blocks From Plastic Bottles

    HDPE is plenty tough, and should be more than adequate for your tiles.

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  • Build a Bed From a Sheet of Plywood

    A pocket hole jig would add about $20 to the cost, but is really simple to use, and let's all your connections be hidden so no spackling. The joint is also more reliable, because the screw is on an angle.

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  • dirk.medema commented on Von Malegowski's instructable How to Cut Glass Bottles2 years ago
    How to Cut Glass Bottles

    The challenge with cutting glass isn't a matter of how fancy the saw is, or how careful the operator is. It is a matter of having the right blade on the saw. There are 2 types - 1 for cutting tile, and a 2nd for cutting glass. The glass blade is significantly more expensive, so not a std part of even most expensive tile saws.

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  • dirk.medema commented on NutandBolt's instructable Simple Storage Box3 years ago
    Simple Storage Box

    I made a toy box like this, but rather than buy the joiner, I just bought T&G flooring that's already designed to combine into a flat plane. A Liquidator store had the bamboo my wife like on clearance, so it was pretty inexpensive. Better yet, they had rough 3x3 pallet strap supports that were being discarded, that they allowed my to salvage.

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  • dirk.medema commented on Robin Lewis's instructable How to Make a Concrete Countertop3 years ago
    How to Make a Concrete Countertop

    Yes. Sinks usually have a template that shows the void required in the counter. Build a form the size/shape of the template, and pour around it.

    You could also attach cove molding, or most any other trim you want/think would form well in the concrete. They make some here (US) in plastic that would likely release easier, but even if you only have wood trim, covering it with tape can create a reasonable surface for releasing the mold.

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  • dirk.medema commented on laxap's instructable Make a Bahut, From Scratch3 years ago
    Make a Bahut, From Scratch

    Very nice design and execution.If you're doing more cabinets, I would strongly encourage you to get a pocket hole jig, such as a Kreg, for hiding joining pieces of wood. I've done a few cabinets without one, so I was amazed and frustrated for not having picked one up sooner.

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