Workbench 1.0 – Finished

After about 6 hours of work, we have completed Workbench 1.0! Here are a few pictures of the construction process:   This was my biggest wood working project to date and overall, it went smoothly. The Melamine insert didn’t fit as flush as I would have hoped. we have determined that the concrete slabs in […]

Workbench 1.0

I started drafting up a design for a new workbench for my garage this evening. I didn’t want to half-ass it with a hand drawing and SWAG measurements, so I downloaded Google SketchUp. After a couple hours, I now have a 3D model of my new bench. While SketchUp is no Autodesk Inventor, it is […]

Gel Stain Banister and Hand Rail

It’s a new day and thus, something else needs fixing… Actually, that’s not true. Even if the day never changed, my list of things to do would be no shorter, but I digress… Our previous landlords introduced us to a very cool product called Gel Stain, by Minwaxยฎ. I don’t have a lot of experience […]

Installing Curtain Rods

It’s probably needless to say, but there are many tasks around our new house. Enough so, it can be easily overwhelming. The trick I use to pick a task, in this situation, is to find something relatively small and inexpensive. Pick something that is so easy you can finish it in just a few hours. […]

Home Ownership: Introduction

This is going to be a mini-series within Idle Engineers discussing projects around the house that home owners face. Why is this topic on a site about engineering projects? Well, my wife and I have just bought our first house and there are many things that need repaired or replaced – or just flat out […]